YOUNG PARENT PROGRAM
We recognize the challenges young parents face when caring for a child while juggling school, work and life in general.
Through classes, monthly group meetings, and time spent with volunteer mentors, our young moms and dads develop parenting and life skills that reduce their risk of child abuse and neglect and boost their self-esteem.
To enroll in the program a young mom or dad must be:
- Younger than 21.
- Pregnant or parenting a child younger than two.
- A Missouri state resident.
- Committed to working toward goals that will improve life and parenting skills.
- Willing to spend at least six hours a month with a volunteer mentor once the matching process is complete.
If a couple is interested in joining but only one parent meets the age requirements, the other parent is still invited to participate as an associate member of the program.
Participants of the program will benefit from:
- Parenting Classes that cover:
- Labor and delivery
- Newborn and infant care
- Household hints and budgeting
- Use of infant simulators
- Maternity clothes closet
- Lending library
- Monthly group meetings
- Frequent small group gatherings
- Incentive auctions
- Networking with peers in similar situations
- Referrals to other resources
- Access to The Next Step employment program
- Time with a volunteer mentor
Through participation in program activities and interaction with a volunteer mentor, participants will:
Make strides in becoming self-reliant through the development of enhanced life skills
- Have a better understanding of pregnancy
- Develop positive parenting skills that will reduce the risk of child abuse or neglect
- Seek and achieve educational goals
- Be successful in employment
- Postpone additional pregnancies