February 2013: Special Workshops, Special Events, Special Guests
Special Workshop Sessions
In partnership with The Women’s Collective, HBP/TPEP began a special 8-week session focused on youth HIV/STD prevention. This program helps to build the life skills of low-income, at-risk girls and young women of color ages 12-25 living in Wards 5, 6, 7 & 8 – those with the highest HIV and STD incidence rates in D.C. The program’s goals are to improve participants’ health outcomes, communication skills, and sense of self- worth with activities focusing on self-esteem building, self-efficacy, and enhancing value identification. By combining several effective, evidence-based interventions such as the Between Us Girls (BUG), this program empowers youth so they can address the major issues in their lives including puberty, sexual activities, healthy relationships, and self-care.
Young women can be equipped to strengthen their resiliency. Over this 8-week session, TPEP-ers will be able to identify and break negative behavior patterns. They are also learning about protective and risk factors, which are determinants to short- and long-term health. Ultimately these sessions empower, educate, and encourage youth to protect themselves now in order to grow into healthy adults.
TPEP Remix Workshops: Financial Literacy
Ms. Tracey Turner, a certified housing counselor with the University Legal Services (ULS), teamed up with TPEP Remix participants to explain how to locate affordable and accessible housing. They followed the ULS Credit Smart Curriculum, which includes:
- Module 1: Your Credit and why it is important
- Module 2: Managing your Money
- Module 3: Goal Setting
ULS is an intake center for the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) which helps low- and moderate-income people buy homes, rehabilitate homes, and prevent mortgage default and foreclosure. ULS also provides rental counseling and assists DC residents with locating affordable and accessible housing.
TPEP 2013 Winter Graduation Dinner & Celebration
HBP was honored to celebrate and acknowledge six astounding and resilient participants — OnDrea Bryant, Johnkear Watts, Tyesha Shank, Veronica Fenwick – Marquez, Jeketa Miller and Nyla Roy — at its TPEP 2013 Winter Promotion & Dinner Celebration.
These young ladies were saluted and congratulated for completing Phase 1 & 2 of the Teen Parent Empowerment Program (TPEP). During the promotion dinner at the new HBP Perennial House, participants shared many heartfelt stories about their lives and their respective challenges as teen parents. They also reflected on their past, as well as shared their hope for the future now that they have educated and empowered themselves more about being parents and taking charge of their lives.
TPEP / New Heights Teen Parent Program
HBP is pleased to announce its expansion of TPEP to include another local high school, launched in partnership with the District of Columbia Public Schools.
TPEP classes are now being held weekly at The Next Step Public Charter School, located at 3047 15th Street NW, in a bilingual GED and ESL program for immigrant and other at-risk youth who have not succeeded in traditional high schools. More than 80% of The Next Step students are native Spanish speakers; half have immigrated to the U.S. within the past 3 years. Students range in age from 15-24 years old. The average academic level of incoming students in their native language is below fifth grade.
The high school dropout rate is much higher for immigrant youth than for any other group in the U.S. As the nation’s largest minority population, Latinos make up 15% of the population. In Washington, D.C., most live in Wards 1 and 4, part of HBP’s target area. Immigrant students face more challenges to academic success than native-born students. The Next Step offers the institutional support, knowledge and skills they need to transform themselves and to succeed academically and professionally. Although the GED is the country’s largest second chance program for high school dropouts, Latino adults have a relatively low level of GED credentials. A large part of the population that The Next Step serves must work full-time or part-time to finance their basic needs. In order to accommodate students, The Next Step offers part-time evening as well as full-time day programs.
HBP is now serving 4 schools in the District of Columbia: H.D. Woodson High School, Dunbar Senior High School, Options Public Charter School, and Next Steps Public Charter School. We are honored to partner with the District of Columbia Public Schools to serve teen parents and equip them to succeed!
To Your Health!
Special thanks to avid volunteer Mr. Ray Anderson, who introduced the TPEP participants to Ms. Anuli Erike, RN, BSN and Ms. Amy Rajan, RN, BSN. The two co-founders of Get A.H.E.A.D., a diabetes prevention global health initiative, spoke with the group about the importance of good health and nutrition in preventing Type 2 Diabetes in teens. TPEPers put the material into practice by enjoying flax seed tortilla chips, salsa and Naked brand all natural fruit juices as healthy snacks.
Iota Phi Lambda: Book Donations & Scholarship Information
Representatives of Iota Phi Lambda (Gamma Chapter-Washington, DC), an African-American professional business sorority, visited Healthy Babies Project in February. Second vice president Jennifer Sinkfield and sorority sisters spoke with TPEP about their $2,000 Alice P. Allen Scholarship, to be awarded to a teenage mother desiring to further her education beyond high school. Criteria includes performance, demonstrated leadership, and financial need. Four of our TPEP participants will be applying for this scholarship. Extra special thanks to the sorority for distributing children’s books for our program participants to use as they read to their children!
Special thanks to the HBP Volunteers
The TPEP participants extends its thanks to all our would like to thank all the volunteers, we truly appreciate all your time, energy, care, efforts and love.
For more information about HBP’s Teen Parent Empowerment Project (TPEP), contact Kahlil Kuykendall at (202) 396-2809 or by email.