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

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 supportive services to guide the young family toward a healthy, successful future.

Outcomes: This was a new program that began this year. Our focus was on developing all of the policies and protocols for our host home caregivers and participants, as well as fully training all staff on this new manner of providing services.  Just as our efforts to recruit host homes began, COVID-19 hit, severely delaying our efforts to establish host homes. By the end of our fiscal year, we have several potential host homes preparing to complete the application and training process.  We anticipate a great result from these efforts in this next year.

Story: Our staff efforts to establish host homes have been challenged by COVID-19. Yet our efforts to support our pregnant and parenting participants have not stopped.  One young mother who is in great need of a stable place to live, has continued to receive our parenting program as she focuses on her high school graduation efforts.  Her motivator to complete school, get into stable housing and obtain employment is her 18-month-old son. She is hopeful that a host home becomes available soon, as that would be a huge benefit as she continues to reach for a successful and healthy future.

Curriculums used
Starting Out Right: Positive Strategies to Guide Adolescents Through Healthy Pregnancy and Childbirth
Starting Out Right for Teen Parents
Active Parenting: First Five Years
Be Proud! Be Protective!
Be Proud! Be Protective! Be Responsible!
Triple P Positive Parenting Program

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