Just for Teens

A bright future for teen parents and their children

 

What is the Just For Teens Program?

 

Just for Teens is a comprehensive program for pregnant and parenting teens held in a supportive and non-judgmental environment and is focused on enhancing the skills and confidences of teens as individuals and as parents. This research-based program incorporates the fields of psychology, sociology, education and social work to provide teens with the skills and resources they need to be effective and confident parents, as well as create positive change in their abilities to impact their children’s development.

  • The program addresses many risk and preventive factors identified by the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse
  • Successfully implemented as both a mandated and a voluntary program
  • The model is flexible in that it can be conducted in a variety of settings
  • Each session provides an informal, yet structured environment where teen parents can build supportive relationships, share their concerns and successes, develop parenting skills, and learn new techniques to replace those that might be harmful to a child

 

Features of Just For Teens

  • Twenty-four different workshops ranging from 30 to 60 minutes covering topics in four main areas—Fundamental Parenting Skills, Bonding With Your Child, Relationships, and Personal Well-being
  • Conducted in a supportive and non-judgmental environment that allows for developing a level of trust between participants and facilitator
  • Can be implemented in schools, human service agencies, and any community-based program serving pregnant and parenting teens
  • Activities are experiential-based and interactive (this is not a lecture series)
  • While the program is easily replicable and can be flexible in its delivery, EPIC staff will meet with your school professionals to discuss and analyze the best approach to implement Just for Teens that will garner the greatest success for your teens

 

Desired outcomes for participants

  • Improve stress management
  • Build confidence and self-esteem as a person and a parent
  • Raise awareness of their role in the early learning and development of their child
  • Increase emotional intelligence, which is linked to academic and economic resiliency and success
  • Learn how to balance academic and parenting responsibilities
  • Reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect and the chances that their children will become teen parents

 

Just For Teens can improve

  • School attendance
  • Grades
  • Graduation rate
  • Confidence and hope for the future
  • Developmental outcomes for the child

 

Just for Teens Parenting Topics

Fundamental Parenting Skills

  • Being a Teen Parent
  • Calming a Crying Baby
  • Developing Routines with your Child
  • Nutrition
  • Positive Child Guidance
  • Health and Safety
  • Additional Resources

 

Bonding with your child

  • How to Help Your Child Cope with Stress
  • Tuning-in to Your Child
  • Learning Through Play
  • Learning Through Play: Creating Your Own Toys
  • Fostering Self-esteem
  • Attachment

 

Relationships

  • Sexuality
  • Sexuality and Its Myths
  • Getting What You Want From a Relationship
  • Support Systems
  • Support Systems and the Baby’s Father
  • Communication

 

Personal Well-Being

  • Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • Drug Use and Parenting: A Dangerous Combination
  • Resolving Conflicts
  • Needs and Wants
  • Setting Goals
  • Celebrating Me!