The Young Parent Education Program offered through College Heights Secondary School celebrated the largest graduating class, including the first-ever male graduate, on Wednesday with a meal and graduation cake.
The YPEP has been offered through College Heights since 2013, in collaboration with community organizations in Guelph and runs out of the Shelldale Community Centre’s Youth Room, a press release from the Upper Grand District School Board said on Thursday.
The program provides academic support for pregnant teens and teen parents.
Students earn credits toward their Ontario Secondary School Diploma while developing an understanding of a healthy family life. Students also expand their parenting and life skills, strengthen their sense of worth and join a community of learning with other young parents.
Students are at the centre every day from noon to 3:00 p.m., and are able to bring their children with them and receive childcare as needed.
Community partners involved in the program include Shelldale Centre, Food and Friends, Family and Children Services of Guelph and Wellington, Beginnings Family Services, Guelph CHC, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health, Guelph Public Library, Ontario Early Years Centres, Trellis, YMCA’s Teenage Parents Program, and the Rotary Club of Guelph.