Teaching Independence

If you are a pregnant or parenting teen between the ages of 14 and 21 who receives cash assistance, you may be eligible for the Young Parents Program. If you are unsure whether you qualify, please contact your local DTA office.

The YWCA Central Massachusetts offers support services to pregnant and parenting teens between the ages of 14 and 21 through its Young Parents Program (YPP). Through this program, teen parents and pregnant teens have the opportunity to complete their high school education through a Hi SET (formally known as GED) preparation program. Teen parents also receive community-based assistance while preparing for their Hi SET such as childcare, case management, life and parenting skills training, job search assistance, career exploration and more.

When teens have children, their opportunities are diminished right from that moment, many times resulting in a lifetime of poverty. Young parents need access to programs that provide support and resources to teach them the skills they need to raise healthy children.

The Young Parents Program is always in need of volunteers, supplies and technological donations. To give, please contact the YPP Director at 508-791-3181, ext 3028 or email her at awhalen@ywcacentralmass.org.


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