MTV brings back the teen moms in ‘Teen Mom 2, premiering Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 10pm ET/PT, according to a December 14, 2010 press release from MTV. The new docu-series catches up with Jenelle, Kailyn and Leah, from the cast of the second season of the thought-provoking show “16 and Pregnant.”
Teen Mom 2 is similar to the controversial MTV series ‘Teen Mom.” The new series gives a first hand account of the realities of teen pregnancy by each girl, exploring the harsh realities, difficult relationships and tough choices these young moms make as they strive to give their children the best life possible.
As fresh-faced teenagers, the girls captivated audiences around the world as they dealt with the trials and tribulations of becoming a teen mother. In “Teen Mom 2,” viewers see Chelsea, Jenelle, Kailyn and Leah confront the next phase in motherhood, and all of the unique challenges that come with it:
Leah is a country girl, former small town cheerleader and the mother of twin girls Alianna and Aleeah. During her senior year, Leah sacrificed graduate from high school, take care of her babies and to work on her relationship with Corey, the father of her twins. Corey and Leah broke up after she cheated on him, but when she is concerned about the health of one of the babes, she reaches out to Corey.
Jenelle has a son, Jace, but still loves to party. Jace’s father is completely out of the picture, so Jenelle’s mother Barbara is helping her raise her son.Jenelle continues to hold on to her teenage life, including going out with her friends. Barbara does not approve of her daughter’s choices, so she sues for custody of Jace. Jenelle cannot afford a court battle, so she signs over temporary custody of Jace to her mother. Jenelle tries to get her life back on track by enrolling in college classes and working to support herself financially. Along the way, Jenelle finds a new romance.
Chelsea is a popular softball star who dropped out of high school senior year while pregnant with her daughter, Aubree. Chelsea has a tumultuous relationship with Aubree’s father, Adam, but luckily has a strong network of support from friends and family, and most of all, from her own father Chelsea is moving into a place of her own with her best friend and Aubree. She struggles to earn her high school diploma online and dreams of enrolling in beauty school.
Kailyn is very motivated high school senior; and the serious, stoic teen mom of baby Isaac. Kailyn tried to keep her pregnancy a secret, , but eventually the secret came out. After her mother left her with no place to go, Kailyn was taken in by her boyfriend Jo’s family who supported her throughout her pregnancy. Kailyn and Jo’s relationship crumbles under the stress and they break up. Kailyn has no where to go, so she stays with Jo’s family, but has to move to the basement. Kailyn moves forward and struggles to support herself and Isaac, juggling two part time jobs and a full course load at community college, hoping for a better futur
According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, one out of every ten children in the United States is born to a teenage mother and about one quarter of all teen moms have a second child within two years, making it difficult to get an education or escape poverty. In addition, children of teen parents are more likely to repeat the cycle and become teen parents themselves. Despite the availability of sex education and access to contraception, the United States continues to have the highest rate of teen pregnancy and teen birth in the entire developed world.
More information about sexual health issues affecting young people, including unintended pregnancy, is available at http://www.itsyoursexlife.com, a public information resource developed by MTV and the Kaiser Family Foundation. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and Rutgers University’s Sex Etc. are working with the show to provide additional information.
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