The Young Parent Program has been attached to Barrie Central Collegiate for approx. 20 years. We have supported and helped students under 21 graduate with their Ontario Secondary School Diplomas.
We receive funding from Eat Well to Excel and Breakfast for Learning to help provide nutritious meals for our students. Students excel in our program because they are removed from the daily judgement of peers, distractions of a large highschool, and often many other factors that are stressful and anxiety provoking.
We are partnered with the YMCA daycare so that children are in daycare directly adjacent to our classroom. This removes many barriers for our students. Students may apply for child subsidy or subsidy via the YMCA directly.
Each term students take three classes, with an opportunity to work on an independent credit, depending on the needs of the student. We do not deliver tech (aka shop courses) or upper science credits.
Students are enrolled in either an afternoon or morning program and attend daily. We work closely with our LEAP worker from Ontario Works to help students access resources they need to help them earn their credits. Many students come for multiple years before they age our of program and enter the world of Adult Learning via Simcoe County District School Board's Adult and Continuing Education program. Students receive support to apply to college, access community resources and have the opportunity to connect with community partners who visit our program.
YPP is a great alternative for students not engaged in a regular high school program. We are proud of the commitment our young parents demonstrate, as they continue to work towards graduation -- despite the challenges of taking care of newborns and toddlers.
We are thankful for all the donations that come through our doors that help the lives of our students easier. Thank you to past students who continue to donate and appreciate YPP. We are especially thankful to the Rock 95 Toy Drive who donated items and Eat Well to Excel who continues to support us.
YPP helps young parents 21 & under in getting high school diplomas, while developing parenting skills to help them raise healthy children. See you Sept 6.
Present strategies to students to deal with life circumstances in a positive manner in order to encourage student engagement, increase parenting toolkit and help them raise healthier, happier children.