Providing Opportunities for Work, Education, and Responsibility (POWER Project) is an employment assistance program for individuals who owe child support and live in Andrew, Buchanan, Clinton, or DeKalb counties. The POWER Project supports the belief that improving employment opportunities of the parents also improves the lives of the children.
Journey to Unite Mentors and Parents (JUMP) is also a mentoring program designed to meet the needs of pregnant and parenting teens. JUMP links participants with trained mentors who provide support and encouragement on parenting skills, academic achievements, and long-term goal setting. Participants provide in a variety of program activities including: group meetings, mentor mixers, and more to enhance their mentee/mentor relationships.
Every Child Matters is a program focused on safe sleep for infants. Families in Buchanan Country can receive safe sleep information and request a portable crib for children under the age of one year. This program is funded by The Children’s Trust Fund of Missouri.
Circle of Parents is a parent-led support group that was originally created to serve as a long-term follow-up for those who have exited from the home visitation program, but the audience has been expanded to include any interested parent in the service area. Circle of Parents groups offer a supportive environment where parents can share with one another the ups and downs that make parenting both a joy and a challenge. A children’s program is offered concurrently to make parental attendance at the month group meeting more possible. Some meetings will be held as Parent Cafe’s. The purpose of these Parent Cafés is to introduce, promote, and build the Protective Factors through (1) non-traditional peer-to-peer learning process and (2) through deep individual self-reflection. Youth Alliance is dedicated to ensuring fidelity when implementing the Parent Café` model.
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