Teen Parent Connection
475 Taft Avenue
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Name and Position of Contact Person:
Courtney Simek, Parent & Community Engagement Manager
(630) 790-8433 or (630) 201-7080
Days/Hours Available for Service Learners:
M-T-W between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Description of Organization:
Teen Parent Connection, formerly Greater DuPage MYM, was established in November 1985 to provide adolescent parents with parenting education, support, and resources to improve the outcomes for both the young parent and the child.
More than twenty years later, the organization has expanded beyond the originally utilized MELD (Minneapolis) group model to a program that now includes four options for young parents and is affiliated with Healthy Families America to provide an intensive home visitation program. Through these initiatives, Teen Parent Connection provides a continuum of comprehensive services designed to assist young parents in navigating both parenthood and adolescence. In fact, Teen Parent Connection is the only nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization in DuPage County providing comprehensive programs and services related to teenage pregnancy and parenting. In addition to parenting services, young parent participants are offered the opportunity to train as peer educators to deliver a strong pregnancy prevention message through prevention education programming offered to middle schools and high schools in DuPage and areas of Kane, Will, and Cook counties.
Description of Service Learner Role:
Childcare Provider- Peer Support Groups: Work with children of teen parents attending weekly facilitated group sessions held in area churches. Parents and children eat dinner together, and then separate for a program facilitated by a Teen Parent Connection staff member and volunteers. Duties would include playing educational games, reading to children, and maintaining a safe environment for all attendees. Volunteers are also encouraged to organize and execute a parent-child activity to help parents and children transition to their programs. Volunteers are assigned to the same time and place each week in the western suburbs. Most groups are from 6:00 to 8:00pm. Children vary in age from newborn to five years. Each group site also has a head childcare provider over the age of 21.
Background check, application, references and training
Number of Placements Available:
Student Services Center (SSC) Room 3258, (630) 942-2230
Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
2012 College of DuPage