Starting Out Right for Homeless Parenting Youth Program

Recognizing that safe and stable homes for homeless or near homeless pregnant and parenting youth and their children are not readily available in Arizona, Arizona Youth Partnership (AZYP) designed and established the Starting Out Right for Homeless Parenting Youth Program (SOR HPYP); a community and volunteer-based program utilizing an innovative host home model.

What is a host home?

We’re glad you asked. Host home caregivers open their safe and stable homes, and their generous hearts, to a homeless or near homeless pregnant or parenting youth, ages 16-21, and their child. Acting as a host home caregiver is a powerful and unique experience and proves to be gratifying and empowering for all involved.

Each host home has a designated SOR HPYP Case Manager to help support the relationship between the host home family and the pregnant or parenting youth and their child, while providing seamless supportive services to guide the young family towards a successful future. Items such as pack-n-plays, car seats and highchairs are provided by the SOR HPYP Case Manager. Additionally, host home caregivers are provided a monthly stipend of $200 to help offset the costs related to caring for the pregnant or parenting youth and their child. Initially, home caregivers that complete an application and are approved to move through the host home process to become a host home caregiver, are eligible to receive an additional one-time stipend of $500 once the youth is placed in the host home.

Host homes will be established in 7 Arizona counties: Gila, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pima, Pinal, and Yavapai. Please consider opening your home and your heart to this vulnerable population by completing an application below.

More information about the program model is available here

If you are interested in hosting a pregnant or parenting youth in your home, please email us at sor@azyp.org

Program objectives
  • EXTENDED RESIDENTIAL SHELTER IN HOME SETTING FOR PARTICIPANTS AND THEIR CHILDREN
  • TRANSITIONAL LIVING PLAN FROM SUPERVISED PARTICIPATION TO INDEPENDENT OR OTHER APPROPRIATE LIVING ARRANGEMENT
  • SERVICE COORDINATION PLAN- PARTICIPANTS WILL RECEIVE REFERRALS TO SOCIAL SERVICES, LAW ENFORCEMENT, EDUCATIONAL SERVICES, VOCATIONAL TRAINING, WELFARE, LEGAL SERVICES, HEALTH CARE PROGRAMS, AFFORDABLE CHILD CARE, AND/OR CHILD EDUCATION PROGRAMS
  • BASIC LIFE SKILLS AND COUNSELING SERVICES
  • INDIVIDUAL AND/OR GROUP PREGNANCY HEALTH AND CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION
  • INSTRUCTION IN MONEY MANAGEMENT, BUDGETING, AND CONSUMER EDUCATION
  • PARENTING SKILLS AND DEVELOPING HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS
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For more information contact:

Laura Pedersen sor@azyp.org

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Real Stories

Testimonials from just a few of our valuable program participants, educators, and community members.

Description: The focus of the Starting Out Right curriculum is to guide young mothers through a healthy pregnancy by providing information on what to anticipate during pregnancy, how to plan for labor, and how to parent their newborn. Starting Out Right offers teen-specific, unbiased facilitation which is grounded in the principles of brain-based learning and assists adolescents in making sense of class material related to pregnancy and parenting. Facilitators of…

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- Starting Out Right Curriculum

AZYP’s Starting Out Right for Homeless Parenting Youth Program (SOR HPYP) provides safe and stable host homes to homeless and near homeless pregnant and parenting youth, ages 16-21, and their child(ren) in Gila, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pima, Pinal, and Yavapai Counties. An SOR HPYP Case Manager supports the relationship between the host home caregiver and the pregnant or parenting youth and their child(ren), while providing seamless SOR health education and…

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- Starting Out Right, for Homeless Parenting Youth, annual summary 2019-2020

Services and support for Pregnant and Parenting Teens AZYP’s Starting Out Right (SOR) program provides community-based health education and supportive services to pregnant and parenting youth ages 21 and younger in Gila, Pima and Maricopa Counties. Health education includes healthy pregnancy, childbirth, parenting, and healthy relationship and lifestyle classes and an interactive mobile application. Supportive services include free pregnancy tests, case management, community referrals, goal setting, scholarships, and access to…

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- Starting Out Right, annual summary Year ending 06/30/2020

Globe, Arizona The intent behind the collaboration between Arizona Youth Partnership's Starting Out Right (SOR) program and the Safe Haven Domestic Violence Shelter and Gila House is to bring Pregnancy, Childbirth and Parenting education and support to displaced families who find themselves at the Safe Haven Domestic Violence Shelter or in one of the Gila Houses. Due to the on-going pandemic, to provide classes via ZOOM, Charlene Becker, a Case Manager/Parent…

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- AZYP, Shelters partner up to help families with grant from the United Fund of Globe-Miami
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