YPP

Young Parents Programs

Overview

Young parents do well when they can access supportive assistance that helps them map out a plan to complete education, successfully transition to employment or further education while also learn about being a parent and providing well for their child. We are pleased that young parents in our region can complete education and access health & wellbeing through The Young Parents Programs in our region which include:

The YPEP (Young Parents Education Program) provides pregnant and parenting young people, aged between 15 and 21 years old, with an opportunity to complete their education through studying the VCE Vocational Major in an inclusive environment, where young parents bring their babies with them (until babies are walking or 12 months of age, whichever comes first). 

The Early Parenting Support Practitioner (EPSP) is on site at all times, so while babies remain the responsibility of the parent, the EPSP assists with feeding, changing, settling and sleeping. YPEP gives young parents access to support and advice from experts in early parenting, early childhood development, financial literacy and counseling, mental health, wellbeing, legal, housing and more. 

The Young Mothers Transition Program bridges the gap for young mothers with the assistance of a Wellbeing & Transition Coach to:

  • Engage or re-engage young mothers into education and/or sustainable employment
  • Provide support via coaching and case management
  • Offer coaching in focus areas of education/employment, health and wellbeing of young mother and her child/ren, parenting support, respectful relationships and linkage and referral to community services.

Jen and Kirstie are the Wellbeing & Transition Coaches supporting all young mothers across the region via outreach and the first point of contact for young parents wanting to enrol in YPEP at Cranbourne or Narre Warren – Contact Jen on 0474 546 382 OR Kirstie on 0405 941 437. The YMTP is currently funded until June 2024 by the Women’s Leadership and Development Program (WLDP) of the Office for Women in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Regional YP Consortium

The Young Parents Programs are supported by a consortium of stakeholders from education, early childhood development, parenting, health and wellbeing, local government:

City of Casey, City of Greater Dandenong, Cardinia Shire, Cranbourne Secondary College, Chisholm Skills & Jobs Centre, Regional Office – Department of Education, Foundation Learning College, FMPLLEN, Monash Health, Monash University and SELLEN.

For further information about the YPEP, please contact:

Mary Tresize-Brown
Young Parents Programs Manager
E: mtresizebrown@sellen.org.au
M: 0430445187

See the YPEP and how it operates here:

Research & Evaluation of the Young Parents Education Program 2019 – 2021

Undertaken by the Faculty of Education at Monash University over a three-year period, the report explores factors that contribute to the experiences of young parents within a tailored education program (YPEP), which sought to re-engage them into education and retain them until completion, while also supporting them in their parenting role. As such, it attempts to break the cycles of disadvantage for young parents.

Young Mothers Transition Program (YMTP)

Jen and Kirstie are the two Wellbeing & Transition Coaches working with young mothers across the region to assist them:

  • Return to education
  • Secure sustainable employment
  • With coaching in focus areas of education/employment, health and wellbeing of young mother and her child/ren, parenting support, respectful relationships and linkage and referral to community services.

The YMTP has two Wellbeing & Transition Coaches that work alongside young mothers in the YPEP at Cranbourne Secondary College and at Foundation Learning College to support the education and employment goals of the young mother and with YPEP Educators. The Wellbeing & Transition Coaches also work with all young mothers across the region to assist them:

  • Return to education
  • Secure sustainable employment
  • With coaching in focus areas of education/employment, health and wellbeing of young mother and her child/ren, parenting support, respectful relationships and linkage and referral to community services.

 

 

 

See how the YMTP works here

Research & Evaluation of the Young Mothers Transition Program 2021-2023

Undertaken by Dr Penny Round in the Faculty of Education at Monash University, the report explores how successful the role of the Wellbeing & Transition Coach has been in supporting the needs of young mothers, enabling them to reengage with their formal education and secure employment. 

YMTP is funded by the Women’s Leadership and Development Program (WLDP) of the Office for Women in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 

The first point of contact for all interested, enquiring and enrolling young parents is Jen on 0474 546 382 or Kirstie on 0405 941 437. 

All interested, enquiring and enrolling young mothers can contact Jen on 0474 546 382 OR Kirstie on 0405 941 437 

Please forward all referrals and/or enquires regarding YMTP to Wellbeing & Transition Coaches: jennifer@sellen.org.au OR kirstie@sellen.org.au

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YPEP Cranbourne

Cranbourne Secondary College

Enrolments & Enquiries: Jen or Kirstie YMTP

YPEP Educator: Michelle Watson
Early Parenting Support: Kathrine Bray

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YPEP Narre Warren

Foundation Learning Centre

Enrolments & Enquiries: Jen or Kirstie YMTP

YPEP Educator: Sally Wood
Early Parenting Support: Donna Strickleton

Participant Testimonials

The YPEP program has changed my life, once I found out I was pregnant, I never thought I would be able to finish school, but with the support of the teachers, I have finished and am now working.

Aleisha

I think I love proving people wrong and so therefore I’m coming to school because people say … …you’re going to fail in life. Like I’m at school and I’m going to go further than most people that don’t have a baby..

Emily

Yes because a lot of young people like us don’t go to school – they just stay at home and I guess like we’re coming here to do something with our lives.

Arlya

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