Reengaging teen parents
Right now, Teen Hope operates two reengagement sites called Pathways to Success located at MCTC, and Brooklyn Center Early College Academy. To receive their economic benefits through the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), young moms and dads through age 21, without a high school diploma or GED, have to work or attend school to maintain their benefits. Many do both.
Tracy Gorman is a human services representative for Hennepin County. She works with teens in the program, and as a resource for the public health nurses. The program, she said, removes some stress for young people who are in very chaotic situations. Stressors such as homelessness, mental health problems, gangs and learning difficulties can be a major barrier to the teen’s success.
“Most people don’t go on public assistance as a first choice,” she said. “They want something better for their lives.”