475 Taft Avenue
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Name and Position of Contact Person
Alyssa Carlson, Group Program Manager
Days/Hours Available for Service Learners
Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday evenings 6 to 8 p.m. (Children's Program Specialist)
Thursday evenings 3 to 6 p.m. (Parents' Pantry Assistant only)
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
Children's Program Specialist - 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 assigned to the same time and place each week in the western suburbs. Most groups are from 6 to 8 pm. Children vary in age from newborn to five years.
Parents' Pantry Drive - Crew Leader: Tenn Parent Connection's Parents' Pantry relies on donations from volunteers and community groups. Past pantry drives have been led by hospitals, corporate offices, women's associations, scout troops, and local churches. As a crew leader of a pantry drive, you organize the location, duration of your particular pantry drive, and solicit items such as diapers, wipes and formula. The crew leader also facilitates the transportation of the items and organizes the donations at the Teen Parent Connection offices.
Parents' Pantry Assistant - Help young parents shop for much needed baby items at our Parents' Pantry. Assist in stocking our shelves, counting up baby bucks and welcoming and interacting with participants.
Interview,Background check, application, references and training. Recommendation: To exceed 20 hours by committing to supporting during the entire semester.
Number of Placements Available
Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.