The Young Parents Program (YPP) at LAYC is a fun, engaging way for young people to build parenting skills. Current and expecting mothers and fathers attend interactive workshops where they work closely with a Parent Educator as well as learn from their peers in either the Prenatal or Parenting workshop series.

Additionally, all participants in YPP work individually with a case manager to set personal and family goals, and work toward achieving them. Participants also have the opportunity to attend special events such as family get togethers, holiday celebrations, field trips, and a graduation celebration when they complete the program.

Prenatal Series

In the Prenatal Series, expecting young parents learn about their new roles as mothers and fathers and begin to establish positive connections with their arriving babies. Class topics include: fetal development, prenatal nutrition, breastfeeding, labor and delivery, relaxation, preparing for the baby, basic infant care, sleeping and soothing techniques for newborns, and more!

Parenting Series

In the Parenting Series, participants explore parenting styles, reflect on personal experiences, think critically about what it means to be a parent, and practice modeling positive behaviors for their children. YPP uses the Parenting Journey curriculum, a strengths-based program designed to help parents learn about themselves and their relationships with others while learning to navigate the resources they need to parent effectively.

Participant Benefits:

  • Classes offered in English & Spanish
  • Stipends
  • Healthy food during workshops
  • Child care provided during workshops
  • Transportation assistance available
  • Mentorship
  • Family celebrations

Eligibility:

  • Mothers and fathers between the ages of 11 to 24
  • Able to attend all program workshops
  • Resident of Washington D.C.
Location

LAYC DC Site, 1419 Columbia Road, NW, Washington, DC 20009.

Contact

Rachael Stinson, Outreach Specialist, rachael@layc-dc.org, (202) 713-9038.
Angela Townsend, Parent Educator/Case Manager, angelat@layc-dc.org, (202) 630-9788.
Kelsey Norton, Parent Educator/Case Manager, knorton@layc-dc.org, (202) 768-8017.

Sponsored and funded by DHHS-Administration for Children and Families and DHS-Income Maintenance Administration. These services are available to all eligible persons, regardless of race, gender, age, disability, or religion.