“It's not the honor you take with you, but the heritage that you leave behind.”- Branch Rickey
In 2016, a group of teen parents attending Franklin High School approached their high school administrators and requested to walk across the stage at graduation with their children, the children that had gone to school with them and had grown with them on their school campus.
The school did not grant the request. However, the Teen Parent Services Program did provide each student a special honor cord to wear at their graduation ceremony.
Squires and YoungLives thought the story was inspiring and that it should not end there. Starting with the class of 2017, Squires and YoungLives desire to award every teen parent, that meets the states requirements to earn a Diploma or obtain a GED and that is nominated by a person/program, by supplying a special honor cord as recognition for the hard work and dedication that it takes to graduate while parenting.