North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
Settings: High Schools and Community Service Centers, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention, and Public Awareness and Education
North Carolina's Young Families Connect: Engaging Communities program will provide services that promote self-sufficiency, health and wellness, and parenting skills for expectant and parenting women and men ages 13-24 years in the five counties of Bladen, Nash, Onslow, Rockingham and Wayne. The activities of each county’s project will be guided by a Community Advisory Council (CAC) made up of local agencies that provide services to young parents as well as young parent representatives. The Young Families Connect program will also provide public education and information activities and support the Preconception Peer Educators Program (PPE) at local community colleges and four year universities.
Services to be provided to young expectant and parenting women and men in each county include seven core components:
- Educational sessions using evidence-informed and evidence-based curriculum on health and wellness and parenting skills;
- Financial assistance/support for high school/GED completion;
- Financial assistance for community college education;
- Assistance with finding employment;
- Case management and referral;
- Financial assistance with medical services; and
- Financial assistance with childcare and transportation for those who are working or attending classes, educational sessions or medical appointments.