Becoming a parent as a teen or young adult can pose special challenges to students enrolled in secondary and post-secondary education, including issues related to child care, financial aid, transportation, and academic and career planning. The responsibilities related to pregnancy and parenting can potentially undermine a student's ability to pursue and achieve his or her educational goals. This disruption to young parents' education adversely affects their futures, as educational attainment strongly influences health, occupational opportunities, and earning potential.
To address these issues, the initiative seeks to create sustainable, community-level infrastructure that will support expectant and parenting teens and young adults in improving their health, education, and self-sufficiency as well as strengthening their families. This will be achieved through the following goals:
- Strengthen community systems serving expectant and parenting teens and young adults
- Improve the health, development, and well-being of young parents and their children
- Improve young parents' self-sufficiency and long-term success through educational attainment
- Increase awareness of resources available to expectant and parenting teens and young adults in each community and statewide
The ACT for Youth Center for Community Action provides training, technical assistance, evaluation, and data collection support to the grantees of the Pathways to Success project:
- Borough of Manhattan Community College
- Hostos Community College
- La Guardia Community College
- Public Health Solutions
This web page was developed with funding provided by Health Research Inc. (HRI) and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), Division of Family Health, by Grant # SP1AH000041-01-01 from US DHHS, Office of Adolescent Health. Its contents do not necessarily represent the official views of HRI, NYSDOH, or HHS.