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A Focus on the Future for Teen parents and their Children YES YOU CAN! Nancy E. Fay  &  Dawn R. Mehan  In cooperation with...
•  Only 30 percent will receive a high school diploma or GED •  Only 1.5 percent has a college education by age of 30 •  8...
Hamilton County is one of the fastest growing in the nation with a 625% increase in population  1960 = 40,132  2000 = 182,...
The structural nature of human capital  and its relationship with poverty  Human capital as structural vulnerability of US...
. . . and  higher poverty rates burden the economy   <ul><li>Employment discrimination persists among women and non-whites...
Hamilton East Public Library service to youth <ul><li>Youth programs have always been offered for ages newborn to 6 years ...
<ul><li>Constancy of Purpose </li></ul>Hamilton East Public Library recognizes the need to address social issues currently...
Mission To assist teen parents and their children in their quest  to achieve their potential through knowledge <ul><li>Saf...
Vision for the Future <ul><li>The community participates and teenage parents are empowered </li></ul><ul><li>Patrons are s...
Community Partners   <ul><li>  extended families    other teens  organizations  community </li></ul><ul><li>Benefit    tee...
 
Education  - Career - Lifestyle - Social Issues - Raising Healthy Children Recreational Outlets - Community Resource <ul><...
YES WE CAN!   A community focused on assistance to teen parents  and their children in their quest to achieve their potent...
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  1. 1. A Focus on the Future for Teen parents and their Children YES YOU CAN! Nancy E. Fay & Dawn R. Mehan In cooperation with Cheryl Jurgens & Molly Mrozowski for Hamilton East Public Library
  2. 2. • Only 30 percent will receive a high school diploma or GED • Only 1.5 percent has a college education by age of 30 • 80 percent will end up on welfare Teenage Moms Their Children • On average born prematurely and with lower birth weight • Suffer more health problems • Perform poorly in school • At greater risk of abuse and neglect • Sons are 13 percent more likely to end up in prison • Daughters are 22 percent more likely to become teen mothers • 5 times more likely to be on welfare
  3. 3. Hamilton County is one of the fastest growing in the nation with a 625% increase in population 1960 = 40,132 2000 = 182,740 2006 = 250,979 32% of the population of Fishers and Noblesville is under the age of 18 6.4% higher than the state of Indiana = 6,313,520 children 7.2% higher than the USA as a whole USA Indiana Hamilton County Fishers/Noblesville = 6,313,520 = 35,698 2005-2006 estimates, http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/ 24.8% 25.6% 29.2% 32.0%
  4. 4. The structural nature of human capital and its relationship with poverty Human capital as structural vulnerability of US, Equal Opportunities International http://www.emeraldinsight.com/10.1108/02610150710726516 Self-Esteem Distress Dissatisfaction Conflict Unhappiness Child’s Education Economic hardship is particularly problematic when it is of long duration or when it occurs during adolescence. Juliana M. Sobolewski and Paul R. Amato University of Notre Dame, Pennsylvania State University In a nutshell Education and Economic Factors Influence Future Well-being
  5. 5. . . . and higher poverty rates burden the economy <ul><li>Employment discrimination persists among women and non-whites, particularly those with young children. </li></ul><ul><li>Despite their capabilities, women are considered less desirable employees because of discrimination grounded in social stigma regarding female employees, such as child-care and child-bearing. </li></ul><ul><li>Education, training, and health are linked to poverty, especially for individuals who have been trapped in poverty during their formative years. </li></ul><ul><li>At best, many are trapped in a cycle of unemployment or underemployment, and more likely to live in poverty. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Hamilton East Public Library service to youth <ul><li>Youth programs have always been offered for ages newborn to 6 years of age </li></ul><ul><li>Number of cardholders under 18 years of age = 21,818 </li></ul><ul><li>Programming for traditional and home school families kindergarten - 4th grade </li></ul><ul><li>The big push in teen programs has been in the last 2.5 years </li></ul><ul><li>So far, a specific program has not been offered for teen parents and their children </li></ul><ul><li>currently offers </li></ul><ul><li>Teens </li></ul><ul><li>Materials written by and for teens </li></ul><ul><li>Reference assistance </li></ul><ul><li>Privacy </li></ul><ul><li>Comfortable furniture </li></ul><ul><li>Snack machines </li></ul><ul><li>Display space to exhibit art </li></ul><ul><li>Monthly program offerings </li></ul><ul><li>Online databases </li></ul><ul><li>Computer classes </li></ul><ul><li>Literacy Programs for all ages </li></ul><ul><li>Children </li></ul><ul><li>Nursery time and toddler time </li></ul><ul><li>Story time </li></ul><ul><li>School age programs </li></ul><ul><li>Create-a-Story and Craft-a-Story </li></ul><ul><li>Summer reading program </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Constancy of Purpose </li></ul>Hamilton East Public Library recognizes the need to address social issues currently facing teen parents and their children.  Libraries are uniquely positioned to offer the excellent, accessible services necessary to help these families achieve their objectives and break the cycle of low literacy and poverty.  Based on information obtained through research and community interviews, we are proposing an initiative to focus on teen parents, their children,  and indirectly, other teens and pre-teens.
  8. 8. Mission To assist teen parents and their children in their quest to achieve their potential through knowledge <ul><li>Safety and security </li></ul><ul><li>Functionality </li></ul><ul><li>Pleasantness </li></ul><ul><li>Excellent customer service </li></ul><ul><li>Diversity </li></ul><ul><li>Accessibility </li></ul><ul><li>Excellence and Innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Integrity and Respect </li></ul><ul><li>Empowerment </li></ul>Values
  9. 9. Vision for the Future <ul><li>The community participates and teenage parents are empowered </li></ul><ul><li>Patrons are satisfied with services and opportunities for input and volunteerism. </li></ul><ul><li>The facility is clean, safe, comfortable and well-suited to its purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Efficient processes allow us to provide quality services by retaining valuable employees. </li></ul><ul><li>The Library and community share enthusiasm and clear communication. </li></ul><ul><li>Members of our expanding community are aware of and sensitive to cultural diversity </li></ul><ul><li>The program is sustainable, viable, and recognized as a valuable asset to the community. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Community Partners <ul><li> extended families other teens organizations community </li></ul><ul><li>Benefit teen parents education career economy </li></ul><ul><li> children futures city county state nation </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>Bob Bragg, Director of Juvenile Probation Insight into behavior that gets teens into difficulty, counseling & recommendations; provides services - refers offenders to appropriate programs to support rehabilitation. Loretta Boor-Sutherland, Prevail Victim awareness, support programs, safe-place, offer services in a supportive, non- judgmental environment Sherry Skelton, Healthy Families Child health & development, psychology, diversified, work with families as a whole; offer resources & refer to other sources. High School Counselors Help students to understand & deal with social, behavioral, personal problems; advocate for students, work with other individuals & organizations to promote student’s development. Partners recommended by community leaders
  11. 12. Education - Career - Lifestyle - Social Issues - Raising Healthy Children Recreational Outlets - Community Resource <ul><li>Key Messages and Promotional Channels </li></ul><ul><li>YES YOU CAN! </li></ul><ul><li>Realize Your Creativity & Encourage Your Baby’s </li></ul><ul><li>Be Yourself…and a Great Parent Too </li></ul><ul><li>Make Connections - Discover New Friends </li></ul><ul><li>Dare To Dream - Focus on the Future </li></ul><ul><li>Financial Experts share their Secrets…for free! </li></ul><ul><li>Friendly Professional and Technical Staff </li></ul><ul><li>------------ </li></ul><ul><li>Books, and So Much More </li></ul><ul><li>Meet you at the Hamilton East Public Library! </li></ul>Marketing Networking Partners Library Key success factors Services response Teen Parents and Children
  12. 13. YES WE CAN! A community focused on assistance to teen parents and their children in their quest to achieve their potential through knowledge. Special thanks to community leaders for their contribution: Debbie Driskell, Delaware Township Trustee Jan McCrory, Assistant Delaware Township Trustee Anne Kenley, Director of Guidance, grades 9-12, Noblesville Schools Marli Howell, Director of Programs, Hamilton Centers Youth Service Bureau
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