The 8×60’ factual series is inspired by real schools dedicated to teen mums and will join a group of “impressive and talented teen mums, as they throw themselves into a specially created course that could help transform their approach to their lives. Each young mum will have a fiery passion to learn and huge untapped potential but may have barriers holding them back.”
The course will be led by a former teen mum turned successful entrepreneur, Jess Lizama, along with a range of other expert mentors, who will help the young mums to step out of their comfort zone and guide them through a rigorous process designed to help them succeed, by teaching them life lessons and brand new skills.
Jess Lizama, who had her daughter aged 16, became a successful full-time lifestyle blogger, content creator and wellness coach. She will coach, advise and challenge the young mums as they go through the process.
Jess Lizama said: “I am so excited to meet these young women and their babies for so many reasons! I’ve been through what they’re going through and I’m proud to say that I know they’ll thrive. I also know that this will be a special experience for them. Having a community of people to help support you, a mentor to help guide you and all the tools for success in place—well, it’s invaluable and I’m honoured to be a part of their journey. I’m thrilled to see how their goals shift during the duration of the show and what their growth will be, both professionally and personally.”
Karl Warner, Head of Youth and Digital at Channel 4 said: “Becoming a parent and trying to kick start your career are two of life’s big challenges so watching this group of young women do them at the same time will be inspiring and powerful. I’m thrilled we’re working with Dragonfly on this series and is a great example of the type of character driven Factual we’re looking to establish on E4 and All 4.”
Ros Ponder, Head of Popular Factual from Dragonfly said: “We’re thrilled to be bringing a brand-new format to E4 and looking forward to smashing some stereotypes with this surprising, funny and heartfelt series.”
Teen Mum High is produced by Banijay’s Dragonfly Film & TV and will be exec produced by Ros Ponder and Richard Mills for Dragonfly and Melanie Darlastonfor Motion. It was commissioned by former Channel 4 Factual Commissioning Editor, Fozia Khan and Head of Youth and Digital, Karl Warner and will be delivered by Channel 4 Factual Commissioning Editor, Harjeet Chhokar. It will air on E4 in 2022.
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