In the aftermath of her experience, Gaby hopes that The Pregnancy Project will be a source of strength for girls. “I want them to know that you can prevent teen pregnancy. But that if you do get pregnant, that it’s not the end of your life,” Gaby says. Because of her efforts, Toppenish High School has put some resources toward helping young students either prevent or prepare for pregnancy. (There were four teen moms in Gaby’s graduating class of 137.)

And yes, she has an opinion on the Teen Mom series on MTV. “Even though they show the struggle of being a teen mom or preparing for a baby, I feel like they glamorize the lifestyle. These girls are considered celebrities, are on the covers of magazines for getting into fights with other teen moms. It’s not something anyone should aspire to.”