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Young parent program $$$

The Young Parent Program, currently in its second year of operation by the YMCA of Okanagan, has received a $12,000 funding boost.

“I would not have graduated from high school without the Young Parents Program,” says a teenage mom from the program. “Knowing my child was well cared for in a licensed, quality day care with the YMCA I was able to focus on my education instead of dropping out. With the help and support I received, I am able to move towards my dream of going to college and securing sustainable employment to care for my child and myself in the future.”

The YMCA Young Parents Program, located next to Kelowna Senior Secondary, provides parents under the age of 20 with the fundamental tools they need to continue their education and care for their young ones, including quality child care, parenting education, life skills training, connections to critical resources and a supportive community.

“I am grateful to be able to make a difference in the lives of young mothers and families in our community,” said Joan Spence, YMCA Family Support Facilitator. “Many of them face significant challenges, which are often difficult to overcome without the support of community resources and positive role models. Ultimately, the most rewarding part is seeing young parents succeed, even beyond their own expectations. It’s so amazing that it brings tears to my eyes.”

The YMCA Young Parents Program is funded in part through donors, providing basics many teenage families would not be able to afford such as nutritious daily meals, diapers, formula, and clothing for their child.



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