What is the Karitane Talking Realities Young Parent Program?
The Talking Realities young parent program is a three part early intervention and prevention program aimed at reengaging young parents back into tertiary education to receive formal qualifications and increasing capacity of long term employment in their chosen career. Young parents enrolled in the program complete a five month training program with accreditation for 6 units in the Certificate III in Community Services Work from TAFE NSW. Upon completion the young parents are then guided into further study and receive accreditation for the units completed within the program.
Part two of the program engages young parents in case management every 6-8weeks. During case management young parents are offered individualised support focused on strategies that support their goals including links to support services as required to address their unique needs and also receive career guidance. Young parents in the program are provided with opportunities to connect with other young parents during ongoing education sessions and specialty activities.
The third part of the program provides young parents with the opportunity to deliver a 2 hour interactive presentation to secondary school students across Sydney, NSW. The presentation illustrates a comparison of the major differences in lifestyles between a teenager and young parent.
This is a FREE COURSE for young parents aged 24 years and under (cannot be turning 25 this year) based in Fairfield NSW where lunch and onsite childcare is also offered for free.
Places are extremely limited with only 10 young parent places each year. Referrals can be made directly to the project officer and young parents can either self-refer or have a support service refer on their behalf. Currently applications are closed for 2020, please check out our Facebook page to get the latest updates.
"I am forever indebted to this program because they have helped and supported me my whole journey of discovering my life and who I am as Mother and the person I am today. They reminded me I can do anything I put my mind too, that I am someone and I can be someone great. They held my hand when I was scared, they picked me back up if I fell, and they pushed me knowing I could succeed. They seen the potential I had before I even knew it was there. But mostly they let me be me, and because of that, I am happy and in a place in my life that I remain so proud of and for some like me that means everything."
"This Program has given me the motivation and encouragement to continue my studies. After graduating from the program I eventually completed a Cert4 and Diploma in Community Services and just completed a Bachelor of Nursing degree at University. I am now working full time as a Mental Health Registered Nurse. It is a bittersweet moment leaving Talking Realities but it shows the program works! I am a prime example. I had no dreams or aspirations for myself and now I’m in a career which I love. I am still great friends with some of the ladies from the program and believe these friendships will be long lasting. I am more confident and now believe I can achieve whatever I put my mind to. I cannot thank Karitane, the staff and my peers for all the support and will be forever grateful for the opportunity to be involved in such a wonderful program."
"Before the Karitane Talking Realities Young Parent program I had no self-worth and well no confidence at all. I had no mums/friends my age and most of all I had no sense of which direction I wanted to go in my life. All these negative thoughts I had literally faded away in the very first 3-6 months of joining the program! They helped guide me throughout my darkest and also brightest days in the last 5 and a half years I’ve been with them. They have helped me more than I can even express. Karitane Talking Realities Young Parent Program is truly a RARE and amazing opportunity to be a part of. They have changed my whole outlook on mine and my daughters futures and for that I can never thank this program enough with just words for helping me realise my own self-worth and helping me bring out my confidence! I’ll forever be thankful for this life changing program I was able to be a part of and I’ll forever remember all the tools this program has taught me!"
For Schools or Presentation Bookings
The Talking Realities Young Parent Program offers a two hour presentation designed to educate young people about the realities of being a young parent and the impact it has on their lives. Young parents facilitate this interactive and visual presentation by exploring the challenges of early parenting.
This seminar offers students the opportunity to openly and honestly discuss the realities of being a young parent and listen to real life stories and experiences from young parents. The program offers early intervention and prevention for students by providing information about young parenting and pregnancies and aims to develop young people’s skills and knowledge in the following areas:
- Children’s Needs
- Sexual Health
- Life Skills
- Decision Making
- Problem Solving
The Program is Strongly Related to the Following Subject Areas:
- Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDH&PE)
- Exploring Early Childhood (EEC)
- Child Studies Syllabus
- Community and Family Studies Syllabus (CAFS) &
"I found the program very informative and easy to understand especially coming from people closer to our age, the presenters summarised everything I need to know in a way that I understand!" - Student
"Students need to know this information from a direct source (not the teacher) some year 12's asked why they did not have this in year 10! Rebeccah and the presenters were fantastic, genuine and easy to liaise with I look forward to next year!" - Teacher
Professional & engaging program, peer educators well trained. I have not seen my students give their full attention for so long before. This program is an ‘eye opener’ to many of them, especially the boys." - Teacher
For more information on presentation costs or to book a Talking Realities Young Parent Education Seminar please contact the Project Officer Rebeccah Egan:
Email: [email protected] l 0407 942 397
Please note: the minimum booking time needed is 2 hours