An almost $1 million grant will help Colorado Support Services make strides in educating and assisting young adults and teens in the area of parenthood education. The Colorado Department of Human Services explains the grant came from the federal government and is for the development of programs for a three-year period.
The programs will help get information to teens and young people on different aspects of parenting. There are nine programs in development with focuses on the areas of finance, legal and emotional impacts of parenting.
The goal of the programs is to give these young people the opportunity to be successful parents when the time comes. It helps to prepare the future generation of parents to make better communities. By providing information and tools, the aim is to help ensure the next generation is ready to be parents and that they do not become parents until they are fully ready for the responsibility on every level.
The many programs will help to educate about parenthood and what it entails. They will also help with employment services and family planning. Part of the programs will focus on abuse and violence in relationships.
The CCSS will work with young adults and teens from the community to develop marketing materials and use social media platforms to reach as many people as possible who could benefit from the programs. It will also work with the foster care system, juvenile justice agencies, youth development programs, teen pregnancy prevention programs, community colleges and schools.