One Step at a Time

By: yourtown 30 Dec 2013 Blog, BoysTown

Teen parenting is hard. Becoming a parent while you're still a teenager will have educational, financial, social, physical, and emotional costs.

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yourtown's Baby Steps program helps young parents from 14 to 18 years of age reach their education and employment goals. Young people work on their literacy and numeracy skills, and receive one-on-one support to address personal barriers to getting a job or going back to school.

Tealan, 15, joined Baby Steps in 2012. She had left school while studying Year 9, having missed 77 days of school. This year, Tealan had her daughter Olivia and with BoysTown’s support she then began studying at the Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE. She has been focusing on improving her literacy and numeracy skills and getting her Driver's Learner Permit. Tealan is aiming to become a child care worker and has commenced studying a Certificate III in Children’s Services. She will continue to receive support to achieve her goal and possibly move onto a degree in early childhood teaching.

I learn more stuff than I did in school and I am really excited to do a course in Childcare. It is great I can come to BoysTown and Olivia gets looked after in the play room while I can do workshops. – Tealan

Last year Baby Steps supported 23 young mothers, three young fathers and 24 children and we will continue to help young parents to believe in a happy future for themselves and their children.

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