If you are a young parent, you can become a part of our community and participate in our many custom programs
The goal of our programs is to change the lives of current and future generations through the inspiration and empowerment of young parents. We have designed our programs to meet the specific needs of teen and young adult parents. Young Parents United offers education, mentoring, resources, and the comprehensive support needed to create a force for success and leadership in young parents all over the world.
Goal and Career Planning
This program was designed specifically for teens and young adults by Cindy Similien-Johnson, author, speaker and CEO and Founder of CSJ Media and Publishing. The program design is based on Cindy’s book Goal Chic: Changing the World – One Goal at a Time. The program offers a specific goal-oriented plan to pursue and achieve education and career goals, while
fulfilling roles as parents. This program also encourages individuals to get out of their comfort zone and inspires them to make the world a better place.
Health and Wellness Coaching
Monthly courses on a variety of health topics, such as nutrition and exercise, aimed at both the parents and their children with an emphasis on a more holistic approach.
Young parents are brought together with real mentors who have been teenage or young parents themselves. They share with struggles and give advice, but mostly listen.
A group program run by a certified life coach mentors young parents who participate monthly in sharing their successes
and struggles. Parents are encouraged to set goals, analyze their progress in the past month. Ongoing recommitment,
realignment, and necessary revisions take place.
Child Development Training
Monthly courses are organized for age-specific groups (Infancy, Toddler, Early Childhood, Middle Childhood, & Adolescence) to address parenting skills. Each course is planned and scheduled according to client needs and ages of children involved. One course every month also addresses the specific needs of parents of special needs children.
Creative Arts Programs
An integrative program in which art, music, and dance are used to facilitate and enhance parent/child communication and relationships. It also helps the personal development of the parents and children independently.
Family and Parent-Only Weekend Retreats
These retreats are designed to each address a certain topic that affects young parents. Some will be family-oriented and participatory for children and parents. Others will focus on the parents and give them education or parenting skills.
Referral, Advocacy and Resource Coordination Services
YPU maintains an up-to-date database of information and resources available through other organizations that might be relevant and helpful to young parents. The services also include drug or alcohol rehabilitation programs and domestic abuse help centers.
Parenting Tips and Programs
Teen Pregnancy Statistics & Prevention: http://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/adolescent-health-topics/reproductive-health/teen-pregnancy/index.html
Government Programs Specifically Designed to Help Young Parents: http://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/adolescent-health-topics/reproductive-health/teen-pregnancy/need-help.html
Government Programs That Help Pregnant Teens and Young Parents Finish School: http://www.k12.wa.us/CareerTechEd/GRADSProgram.aspx
Positive Programs Aided By the Government for Young Mothers and Fathers: http://ncfy.acf.hhs.gov/topics/pregnant-and-parenting-youth
Free Parenting Tips Via Text For the First Year of Your Baby’s Life: https://www.text4baby.org/index.php/sign-up
Domestic Violence Help and Programs
The National Domestic Violence Hotline | 24/7 Confidential: www.thehotline.org/ 1-800-799-7233
Another Domestic Abuse Hotline: www.safehorizon.org (877) 935-7393
Alcohol and Substance Abuse Programs
SAMHSA’s National Helpline ( Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration):
(Also known as, the Treatment Referral Routing Service, this Helpline provides 24-hour free and confidential treatment referral and information about mental and/or substance use disorders, prevention, and recovery in English and Spanish)
Information on Alcohol and substance abuse : http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/support-treatment
Alcohol and substance abuse support in Woodbridge, NJ area http://www.recovery.org/browse/woodbridge-nj/
In and Outpatient Addiction Recovery Programs in New York City Area –
Addiction Guide is not a treatment center — but it does provide information about various addictions and how to overcome them www.addictionguide.com/
Suicide Prevention Programs and Hotlines:
Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
(24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call is routed to the nearest crisis center in the national network of more than 150 crisis centers)