PAPÁS Teen Fathers Project is a pilot project to engage and address the needs of teen fathers. Eighty percent of teen fathers are absent from the lives of their children. The impacts to both the fathers and children are enormous and long-lasting. This pilot project will engage Santa Cruz County teen fathers between the ages of 15-19 in a 12 week parent education and support series. Weekly sessions will be based on evidence-based curriculum that incorporates non-violent communication, parenting strategies, and child development. Additionally, Daddy and Me play sessions that will be introduced through-out the series will incorporate teen appropriate activities to maintain the interest of program participants.
Bread for the Journey’s $1500 grant will fund program related costs, such as participation incentives (diapers, formula and toys) as well as childcare assistance.