C.U.S.P. Newsletter, informative news and notes for Single Parents.
C.U.S.P. (Commited to Uplifting Single Parents)

C.U.S.P. Newsletter

Our Mission: It is our mission to empower and assist single parents with the difficult challenges of parenthood through a range of financial and social services which will allow them to provide safe and loving homes for their children. 

About Us: C.U.S.P. (Committed to Uplifting Single Parents) a  501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing connections to resources, social services and wealth building programs for single-parent families in the Los Angeles area and its surrounding communities.  

7 Easy Steps to Tackle Your Debt While Saving. Debt can be a heavy weight on your finances. It can hinder your spending in the short term and cause your savings to fall far behind in the long term. Fortunately, by making a few financially savvy decisions, it’s not impossible to pay off debt while contributing regularly to your savings.  Follow these seven easy steps to tackle your debt and reach your savings goals. 7 Steps



All About Adolescence

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines adolescence as the stage that occurs after childhood (at about the age of 10) and before one reaches adulthood (at about 19 years). It represents a critical transition in human growth and development, which is characterized by an increased pace of growth and change that plays second to infancy. Growth and development during this period are driven by biological processes such as puberty, which marks the passage of girls and boys from childhood to early adolescence. Although the biological factors affecting adolescence are universal, the duration and characteristics of this stage vary according to time, culture, and an individual's socioeconomic situation.



Cognitive Development in Adolescence

Adolescence is marked by many changes when children develop abilities, such as:

  • Understanding abstract ideas, including complex math concepts
  • Forming moral philosophies, which include their rights and privileges
  • Establishing and maintaining relationships, and learning to be intimate without worry or inhibition
  • Moving toward maturity and a sense of purpose
  • Questioning old values, but not losing their identities


Behavioral and Mental Changes in Adolescence

1. Sensitive and Self-conscious

Adolescents are often self-conscious and sensitive, sometimes even worried about how they look and feel. This is because they experience rapid changes in their bodies and they sometimes tend to compare themselves with children of similar age.

2. Trying to Establish Their Identity

Adolescents typically want to establish their identities and to separate from the control of their parents. This may or may not create conflict in the family, depending on how the parents and other family members perceive the adolescents' issues and how much the parents want to stay in control.

3. Acting Like Their Peers

In trying to search and establish their own identities, adolescents may pull away from the control of their parents and become more attached to friends. With their peers, they may share new ideas, form cliques or gangs, and engage in similar activities. They may find a sense of belonging to their new group, which may have common ways of talking, acting, and dressing.

4. Starting to Explore Sex and Romance

At mid-adolescence (age 14–16 years), these young people may start to expand their friendships to other individuals with romantic motives. They also begin to establish their individual sexual identities, trying to become more comfortable with their bodies and sexuality. They learn to experiment, receive and express sexual desires, and think about dating. If not given the opportunity to experience these feelings, adolescents may have issues with intimate relationships during adulthood.


Here are some myths about adolescents:

  • Adolescents appear to crave people's attention and their self-centeredness borders on narcissism, paranoia, and hysteria
  • Adolescents engage in risky behaviors because they believe that negative effects such as getting pregnant, contracting STD, or suffering from a car crash will never happen to them.

Parenting Tips for Adolescence

The influence of parents, families, schools, communities, health services and other organizations on adolescents is quite significant as they learn coping skills to face the pressures they experience during this period. Therefore, these social institutions bear the responsibility of helping them adjust and develop into mature individuals, and to intervene when needed as problems arise. Here are some tips for parents:

1. Pay Attention to Their Safety

Adolescents feel stronger and sometimes they feel the need to exercise more independence before they have even developed skills in decision-making. They may engage in risky behaviors or dangerous feats just to gain peer approval. For example, they may try smoking, taking drugs and drinking alcohol. Some may also try to drive dangerously or take part in risky sports activities.

Parents and school authorities must, therefore, help adolescents learn about health and safety, about the consequences they might face when they engage in risk-taking activities and about their responsibilities. They must also learn that driving is a privilege, which they can earn if they show responsibility towards safety. They must also be taught about the importance of using protective gear and safety equipment when engaging in certain sports activities. Safe play and skill enhancement must also be emphasized.

2. Talk with Them

To raise healthy, happy adolescents, parents must talk to them and give them more positive attention. Being able to communicate to your teens is an important part of parenting. Make it a point to let them know that you are interested in what is happening in their life and that you love them.

3. Be Open to Their Ideas

Adolescents are very idealistic, just like you probably were when you were younger.  Try to listen to their thoughts and try not to be judgmental, so as to encourage them to express their ideas with you.

4. Talk About Drug and Sex

Although it may be awkward to talk about some topics such as drugs and sex, remember that teens need information about these sensitive topics. It is best for them to hear about these from you, rather than their friends. Some might try to experiment with sex and/or drugs because of their friends. Use current stories from TV or the internet to talk about these topics.

5. Let Them Know They Can Tell You Their Problems

Sometimes the best way to communicate with your adolescents is to listen to them without reacting. Although you may be concerned about their problems and behavior, you can help them by being open and trying to find solutions.

6. Set Limits

Let your adolescent know why you, as a parent, need to set some limits on their liberties. Talk about what they want and can do, and that you care about what happens to them.

7. Spend Time Together

Set aside some regular time with your adolescents and find out what activities you can enjoy with them. Having time to eat together can also enable you to talk more about their issues.


Click Here




In accordance with our mission to provide you with the best in support services, we are very excited to tell you that C.U.S.P. has partnered with Apprisen.

, a professional provider of financial counseling who has serviced families all across the United States for nearly 60 years. Apprisen's mission is to help people improve their financial well-being through counseling, community outreach, and financial education.
(Get Started)


A free e-book is written just for you. 

Download a free copy now and you will find answers to many of your most urgent personal finance questions.


C.U.S.P. continues to strive to connect you with resources that allow you to live YOUR BEST LIFE! We are happy to have these partnerships and look forward to your success. 


Across South Los Angeles and neighboring cities, people just like you are proving you can start small and think big. South LA Savers are setting financial goals, tracking their spending and taking control of their financial future. Our tips and tools can help you set goals, develop strategies to reach those goals, and start saving. Now is the time! Take financial action today! “Start small, think big” and make your dreams a reality! Enroll in South LA Saves today!

Inner City Youth Empowerment (ICYE): A youth empowerment initiative of C.U.S.P. Inc. a 501c3 nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles, CA. ICYE utilizes a variety of strategies to engage youth and young adults ages 12-25. ICYE will provide classes, seminars, conference, and collaborate with other community organizations on programs and events. We will also share tools, tips, and resources.

Like us on Facebook.



CURLS is proud to support higher education by providing a scholarship of $1,000 to a student who is passionate about their chosen field and ready to crush their 2018 goals! Deadline is August 15th.​   CURLS 2018 Scholarship Opportunity

Copyright © 2018 C.U.S.P. Inc., All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:

815 N. La Brea Ave. #485 Inglewood, CA 90302 

This email was sent to <<Email Address>>
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
C.U.S.P. (Commited to Uplifting Single Parents) · 815 N. La Brea Ave. #485 · Inglewood, CA 90302 · USA

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp