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School-age Parents Program

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Graduation is the Goal

Caring staff are available on-site on eight local Rochester City School District high school campuses to help teens who are pregnant or parenting graduate and look to the future.

Each year, the YWCA serves hundreds of pregnant and parenting young mothers and their children through our School-age Parents Program.

In group and individual counseling sessions, young women learn how better to communicate, make decisions, set goals and more. They plan and implement service learning projects.  They attend workshops on parenting and career exploration.  They visit local colleges.  Above all, they find the acceptance and encouragement they need to believe in their own potential.

Program Details:

  • Individual case management and support; caring staff are available on campus to help teens with critical needs like housing assistance, access to health care, transportation, and finding safe and affordable day care

  • Weekly group activities based on the Teen Outreach Program model, an evidence-based best practices youth curriculum; workshop topics focus on decision-making and setting goals and include issues such as healthy relationships, wellness, parenting, life-skills training, and time management

  • Community service learning projects planned and implemented by students, for a minimum of 20 hours per program year

  • Several college visits are planned each year as well as workshops on navigating admissions and financial aid

  • Individualized job search and placement assistance, career counseling, and workshops on completing a job application, creating a resume, and interviewing tips

  • Recreational and social activities are also offered throughout the year

  • Open to pregnant and parenting young women at the following seven Rochester City School District high schools: Charlotte, East, Edison, Franklin, Jefferson, Marshall, Young Adult Evening High School, and Young Mothers & Interim Health Academy

  • For more information on this program, please call (585)546-5820.



    Creating Brighter Futures

    Last June, LaShondra was the first in her family to graduate from high school.  She joined 30 other young mothers from the YWCA's Young School-Age Parents program who celebrated this milestone.

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    Last year over 70% of the seniors taking part in the YWCA's School-age Parents program graduated high school or obtained their GED, despite the additional challenges of early parenting. 

    Help more young mothers like LaShondra graduate high school.