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The Crosby Young Parent Program: Preparing Teen Mothers for Success in Learning, Parenting, and Life (Poster Session 8)
Waterbury, Connecticut, reported a city teen birthrate of 7.8 percent in July 2002, twice the State average of 3.2 percent and nearly twice the national rate of 3.7 percent. Often, the girls who become pregnant fail to finish school, live in unsafe housing, and involve themselves in dangerous relationships to gain financial support. To address the problem, the Young Parent Program at Crosby High School incorporates student volunteers and community resources to prepare young mothers for careers, parenthood, and success in life. The workshop describes the program's mission, expectations, and goals; identifies the significance and methods used for securing the involvement of Connecticut's community members, small businesses, social service agencies, special interest groups, the judicial department, and satellite school sites in the success of this program; and discusses writing and developing grant proposals for this and other programs as well as marketing and public relations on behalf of such programs.
Marie Ann Ponzillo
Crosby High School
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