Youth Services

Bright Beginnings Young Parent Program

FamilyWise’s Young Parent program offers pregnant and parenting youth ages 12-21 the opportunity to increase parenting skills, social skills, independent living skills and pregnancy prevention as well as awareness of physical, chemical and mental health.

The program consists of 20 weeks of group meetings and case management services followed by 2 months of aftercare. Teaching methods include lecture, group discussion, problem solving, videos, role-playing, art projects, and hands-on activities. The program also includes a parent-child interaction coaching component to:

• Enhance parent-child relationships
• Improve parenting skills
• Decrease problematic behaviors observed in the child
• Reduce risk for child abuse

Eligibility

Participants must be pregnant or parenting mothers or fathers age 12-21 who have the desire to develop their parenting and independent living skills. Youth currently on probation, living in out-of-home placement, or are part of family systems involved with child protection or probation are also eligible.

Fees

This program is free to participants.

Contact Information

Email questions and referrals to our Youth Services Program Manager or call 612.877.7835. Please send faxes to 612.617.0193. To make a referral, please complete our Youth Services Referral Form.

Bright Beginnings Young Parent Mentoring Program

FamilyWise’s Bright Beginnings program consists of one-to-one mentoring program for pregnant and parenting teens. Young women are matched with caring, supportive adult mentors for one year or more. Mentors contact the teens weekly by phone and have in-person visits two times per month. Goals for teens include participation in all well-baby check-ups and enrollment and attendance in school. Mentors assist with these goals and help the teen access community resources.

Once per month the mentors and mentees attend a workshop that involve goal setting, arts and crafts, and learning from a community speaker or staff about a life skill or parenting topic chosen by the teen mothers. Mentors typically provide mentees transportation to the workshops. Teens receive case management support from staff, a caring relationship with a mentor, and peer support. They also receive education from monthly group meetings focused on setting goals, building relationships, and gaining knowledge of community resources.

Eligibility

Participants who are pregnant or parenting young women ages 13-21 years old. The program is voluntary but a minimum of one-year commitment is requested.

Fees

This program is free to participants.

Contact Information

Email questions and referrals to our Youth Services Program Manager or call 612.877.7835. Please send faxes to 612.617.0193. To make a referral, please complete our Youth Services Referral Form.

Volunteer!

To become a mentor to a teen mom, email our Volunteer Coordinator or call 612.877.7826. Please send faxes to 612.617.0193.

 

High Fidelity Wraparound Services

High Fidelity Wraparound is a service intended to prevent out-of-home placement for youth who are being considered for placement in correctional facilities or residential treatment facilities. High Fidelity Wraparound helps create a plan for the family to continue to receive support from the community after social services end. As part of the program, the family creates a vision–identifying needs, goals, and steps to achieve those goals–and increases its support network by identifying specific people in the community who can help. A FamilyWise Wraparound Facilitator works with the family and team members involved in the plan to follow up on goals. This process continues until the family feels stable and supported enough to coordinate the wraparound process on its own.

Eligibility

Participants must be referred through Hennepin County Children’s Mental Health, Child Protection Services, Juvenile Corrections, Ramsey County Juvenile Probation, Washington County Department of Human Services or a caring professional working with a youth not involved in the departments listed above. 

Fees

This program is free to participants.

Contact Information

For questions, email our Youth Services Program Manager or call 612.877.7835. Please send faxes to 612.617.0193.

 

Teen Groups

Tuesday Mornings: 8:40-9:40am,  North Education Center: 5530 Zealand Ave, North Brooklyn Center

Tuesday Evenings: 4:00-6:00pm, Youth Link: 41 12th Ave., North Minneapolis

Wednesday Afternoons: 1:20-2:30pm,  Brooklyn Center Academy: 5910 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center ( behind MN School of Business)

Wednesday Evenings: 5:00-7:00pm, Emerge: 4643 Lyndale Ave., North Mpls

Thursday Evenings: 6:00-8:00pm, Life Haven: 25 Jenkins Ave, St. Paul

All welcome!

Contact: Bertha Ashford,  612-877-7834

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