Young Parents Program

For Young Parents 21 and Under

Program Goal:

  • To provide parents with the necessary and appropriate skills to build healthy relationships with their children.

Huntington's Young Parents Program is:

  • For adolescents 13 - 21 years of age who are pregnant or parenting
  • Voluntary and free
  • A place to foster the development of parenting skills
  • A place to learn about child development
  • A place for peer support and friendship
  • Offered each Tuesday at 5:00 PM and provides a healthy nutritional meal for parents and their children

Huntington's Young Parents Program teaches valuable skills and provides information on:

  • Pre-natal development
  • Child development
  • Nutrition
  • General health
  • Parenting
  • Self-care skills
  • Community linkages
  • Education

Huntington's Young Parents Program can help with:

  • Budgeting
  • Communication
  • Conflict resolution
  • Relationship building
  • Family planning
  • Self-esteem
  • Education

Huntington's Young Parents Program:

  • Provides hands-on assistance in utilizing community resources
  • Has flexible services hours to accomodate educational and vocational needs
  • Provides crisis intervention
  • Provides advocacy
  • Encourages self-esteem and self sufficiency development
  • Young mothers/mothers-to-be are encouraged to bring in documentation/verification of attending routine and regular doctor/medical and WIC appointments to support best possible pregnancy outcomes, deliveries, and healthy babies and moms
  • Offers free child care during group time
  • Provides bus fare to and from program, if needed

The Young Parents Program was developed in response to the needs communicated by young parents, health care personnel and school professionals.

The primary long-term goal of the Young Parents Program is to provide parents with the necessary and appropriate skills to foster a sustained healthy relationship with their children.  The Young Parents Program provides support and home visits (on an as-needed basis) to pregnant or parenting mothers and fathers.  The group meets weekly, provides education, peer support, fosters friendships, and lessens the feelings of isolation.

Program Supervisor

Colleen Belge