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A single mum-of-two is making a documentary to empower other young women bringing up children.
Yvonne Omini, from Enfield, had her first child, Jaeda, when she was 17, and fell pregnant with her son Kaylon a year later. She gave birth to him a month before her 19th birthday.
She started posting videos on YouTube for young mums and now, aged 24, she works as a Fixer and is making a film to inspire other young mums to fulfil their potential after noticing a lack of support available to them.
Fixers is a charity project which supports 16 to 25-year-olds throughout the UK to take action and change things for the better, addressing any issue they feel strongly about.
With the project’s support Yvonne is also holding a series of seminars across the London area to get her message across.
She said: “Having two children by the time I was 19 was a scary time in my life. I was not sure if I could do it at first.
“But then I decided to turn my life into a positive. I decided to make motivational videos for young mums via YouTube, to show people that I am an ordinary person but I am still making the most of my life.
“I just wanted to give hope and reassurance to others like me, because there is such a negative portrayal of young, single mums these days.”
Yvonne’s documentary is currently in the production stages and will explore her experiences as a young mum.
She said: “My aim is to inspire as many mothers as possible to take action in their lives, if they have not already.
“Many young mums deal with rejection from their friends, family, and even society.
“I want to rid of that negative mentality of ‘your life is over as a teenage mother’ because that certainly isn’t true. I believe it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. Having a baby young is not the end.”
Fixers is a project of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT), funded by the Big Lottery Fund, which awarded £7.2million in April 2012.
Each Fixer is supported to create the resources they need to make their chosen project a success, with creative help from media professionals to make their own promotional material, such as films, websites or print work.
How Fixers tackle a project is up to them, as long as their work benefits someone else.
Margo Horsley, chief executive of PSBT, said: “Fixers started in 2008 as just an idea… an idea given a voice by some 5,500 young people over the past four years.
“They have reached thousands of people with their work, on a national stage as well as in and around where they live. They choose the full array of social and health issues facing society today and set about making their mark.
“Their ideas can be challenging, inspirational and often life-changing.”