YP4YP Community Outreach Project at a glance
Teenage motherhood and parenting remain a challenge in communities with high rates of poverty, low social capital, and inadequate access to contraception among certain racial and/or ethnic populations. Teenage motherhood is associated with risk of depression, poor social supports, school failure, conflicted relationships and inadequate family and community support. Women who were teenage are more likely to leave education and end up living in poverty. Teens with children are often unprepared for the responsibilities of raising young children; and those with histories of social isolation, violence, or other sources of toxic stress are more likely to parent using harsh, authoritarian methods. Consequently their children lack in development and run risk for poor educational outcomes that persist into adolescence.
Teenage mothers often present with depression, social complexity, and inadequate parenting skills. Many have rapid repeat pregnancy, which increases the risk for poor outcomes for both the mothers and their children.
Our Program Objectives
- To reduce on the repeated teenage pregnancy cases in the communities
- To increase family planning awareness and knowledge while providing parenting, financial and social support to the teenage mothers.
- To enhance childhood developmental outcomes for children born to teenage mothers.
Our Program core areas
- Home assessments with the Para Social Workers and the local council authorities.
- Nutritional counselling and support to the teenage mothers/girls
- Early childhood development education
- Family life counselling and support for the teenage mothers/girls
- Linkage to educational or vocational services for teenage mothers/girls
- Mental health education and support/Psychosocial support for the teenage mothers/girls
- Menstrual hygiene education and support to the teenage mother/girls
- Referrals for family planning and antenatal care service for the teenage mothers/girls
- Home visits and beneficiary follow ups for tracking the intervention outcomes and progress