In 1993, the Young Parents program at G.P. Vanier High School was formed in response to a need to help young parents complete their high school education. The young parent program assists youth under the age of 25 who are parents or currently pregnant and are seeking support to complete their high school education. Specifically, the program provides support around education, childcare, and the social and health needs of expectant and parenting students in the Comox Valley. The child care centre allows parents to pursue their studies and careers while leaving their children in the trusted and experienced hands of TNTLS’ Early Childhood Educators. 

Program Details

Our Young Parent Program provides individualized outreach in the following but not limited to:

  • Connection to a public health nurse, nutritionist and local hygienist
  • Transportation to necessary community resources
  • Supportive one-on-one coaching, mentorship and group support
  • Health and Nutrition program (planning, meal prep, cooking and baking)
  • Life skills training and parenting education
  • A bridge into post-secondary opportunities
  • Employment preparation, connections and skills
  • Individualized education plans for secondary and post-secondary schools
  • Experienced, safe care for children from birth to age 5 years
  • Nutritious food and supplies for children (formula, diapers, and more)
  • A welcoming and respectful community for children and their families

 

Guiding Principles

The Young Parent Program strives to help with:

  • Positive academic performance
  • Financial stability
  • Supportive relationships 
  • Effective parenting abilities
  • Healthy families
  • Thriving independently

 

 

Education

Support is provided to parenting and pregnant students working towards their high school diploma in School District #71. Students attending the young parent program learn a variety of skills such as parenting, self-care, financial literacy and more. Twice a week, the students participate in the Hot Lunch Program and cook lunch for themselves and all children attending TNTLS Childcare centres. The class also hosts guest speakers and events such as swimming lessons, trips to the pumpkin patch and therapeutic riding.

Testimonials

Among the program’s success stories is Jenny Deters from Rattan Plus, who was among the first young parents to graduate from the program. In Jenny’s words:

“This is an organization that helped us have hope for the future as teen parents when we had nowhere else to turn. Statistically speaking, I should be struggling to make ends meet working a minimum wage job. Instead I have an amazing career and a son who has just entered a four-year scholarship to McGill University. I know that our group’s commitment to enriching the lives of each family and child results in a visible and meaningful difference in our community.” -Jenny Deters

I was 17 and on my own.  I’m glad that i made the decision to enter the program, for me and my child.  This program supported me with my mental health, sobriety, life supports and community supports.  It is the one consistent place that my child has had her entire life.  I know i can’t do it all myself and i’d be really messed up if i didn’t have this and these people that care.” -Melody Uddenburg

 

Young Parent Coordinator

Dani grew up in a military family where she was grateful to have experienced a variety of postings across Canada and Europe. As a youth, Dani was an active volunteer for many community organizations which later lead to a career in youth work where she developed and implemented community focused programming for 19 wing military families over a span of 15+ years.

Dani has always felt honored to work alongside young people and actively seeks out opportunities to help them recognize their awesomeness. She is committed to working collaboratively with community partners to create and nurture relationships, developing and implementing positive solutions that support youth in recognizing their strengths and power to succeed.

When not working, Dani enjoys exploring the Comox Valley, finding comfort in others through kindness and positivity. She also loves epic family adventures with her husband and two daughters.

For more information or to book an individualized assessment contact:

Dani Porter, Young Parent Coordinator

Office 250-338-8445

Cell phone 250-207-0476

ypp@tntls.com