Teen Parent Initiative
The “Teen Parent Initiative” is a program that Shelby worked very hard to establish within the Oakland University Psychology Department.
- A psychoeducational program helping teen parents in local communities connect with each other, school staff, and the research team to assist them in their life challenges by educating them on a variety of topics including, importance of diet and nutrition, physical exercise and the many resources and social support that are available for teen parents.
- Teen parents face a unique set of challenges due to financial constraints, educational demands, and social stigma, all of which can have a life-long impact, many times it is very difficult for teenagers to get parental consent to take advantage of unique programs as this. To participate consent is only necessary to engage in the research study but not to be active in the sessions.
- Currently, the program is targeting one local high school but with funding we will expand to more high schools.
THE FOUNDATION WILL JOIN AND SUPPORT OAKLAND UNIVERSITY’S PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT IN THE TEEN PARENT INITIATIVE BY:
a. Attending and observing the Program;
b. Attend research team’s lab meetings occasionally;
c. Identify and present new resources for Teen Parents;
d. Provide volunteers to both support the Program and its participants.