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STEPS: The Summit for Young Parents

Center for Community Health and Health Equity, Brigham & Women's Hospital

Thursday, June 27, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

Boston, MA

STEPS: The Summit for Young Parents

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Come meet other young parents in your area, attend workshops about issues that are important to you, get resources about parenting, education, career, finding daycare, child support, and find out how to become an advocate for other young parents!

Breakfast and lunch included! 

Doors will open at 9 AM. Make sure you check in before 10 AM for extra raffle tickets! 

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Below are descriptions of the workshops sessions offered at STEPS.

Morning Session Workshops:

Healthy Meals that are Easy, Quick to Prepare and Cheap! 

Participants will learn the health benefits of preparing balanced meals. They will know how to shop and save, prepare good tasting meals in a short time and pre-plan their meals on a daily basis. The workshop will include a demonstration of how to make it all happen, as well as a discussion of the benefits of eating healthy and still saving money. 

Money Management 101

This workshop teaches consumers how to manage money, set goals, select the best budgeting style and create a budget that works. This workshop will also give strategies for reducing expenses, ways to streamline saving money, and much more! 

And Baby makes Three; Cooperative Co-Parenting 

This workshop will look at some of the most common obstacles to cooperative co-parenting, and ideas to overcome those problems. Issues discussed will include parenting after difficult break ups, discussing & making parenting decisions from an objective perspective rather than an emotional one, compromising when it comes to schedules/holidays/and parenting styles and accepting a new partner in the other parents life. Consideration will be given to the perspective of the child(ren) and the emotional impact that negative co-parenting relationships can have on the young ones involved. 

You CAN Pay for College 

Making the decision to further one’s education is a huge undertaking.  There are so many schools/programs to choose from, and, frequently, low-income students do not have accurate information on affordable educational opportunities which will allow them to become economically self-sufficient while, at the same time, keeping out of debt.  This workshop will explore the process of making that important decision.  Topics covered include: what is post-secondary education, reasons to go to college, the mission of 2 and 4 year colleges, costs of education, four forms of financial aid, information about student loans, financial aid advising, graduation rates and accreditation, and finding the right school for you. 

Stress Management: Reducing Stress with Mindfulness

Ask yourself this: How does stress affect you? Have you ever felt unaware of an emotion until you suddenly found yourself snapping at someone, or suddenly found yourself crying?  How do we know that we’ve gone beyond our limit?  What exactly is happening to us when emotions begin to feel out of control?  Is there a way that you can know in advance that tension is building within you?  Why is it so hard to pull ourselves back?  What can we do to calm ourselves down and when should we start trying to do that?  If you’ve had any of these or related questions, this workshop is for you!  In this session you will have an opportunity to learn a framework that will help you understand what’s going on with your emotions, you will have the opportunity to feel the wisdom of your body, and you will learn exercises and strategies for managing when you’re having a “moment”.  Come learn interesting things about yourself, and have fun in the process.

Parenting Journey: A Unique and Nurturing Support 

The Parenting Journey, developed by the Family Center in Somerville, MA, is a support group that explores the ways in which one’s upbringing and life experiences affect one’s parenting. Parents develop themselves as nurtured and nurturing people, and therefore develop their parenting skills. 

Can Healthy Relationships still be Fun? 

All this talk about healthy relationships sounds a little boring. After all, you're young and still want to have fun even if you are a parent. This workshop explores what a healthy relationship is, why you might want to be in one (or more) and how you actually make it happen. Open to everyone, regardless of gender or relationship status.


Afternoon Session Workshops:

Early Words: The Power of Talking, Books & Play 

Hands-on interactive workshop empowers parents of young children with how/why talking, reading and play support early literacy, language development, and school readiness. Join Read Boston for an entertaining and informative workshop that will add engaging songs, activities and read aloud techniques to your parenting toolbox. Each participate will receive a collection of new books and materials to use at home. 

Financial Literacy

From toys to diapers, your spending is about to change dramatically. Have you thought about how your new baby will unpack your financial future? This workshop will teach you how to take charge of your finances and start saving! Learn how to budget effectively, understand your credit score, tackle your debt and make your money work for you. 

And Baby makes Three; Cooperative Co-Parenting 

This workshop will look at some of the most common obstacles to cooperative co-parenting, and ideas to overcome those problems. Issues discussed will include parenting after difficult break ups, discussing & making parenting decisions from an objective perspective rather than an emotional one, compromising when it comes to schedules/holidays/and parenting styles and accepting a new partner in the other parents life. Consideration will be given to the perspective of the child(ren) and the emotional impact that negative co-parenting relationships can have on the young ones involved. 

Knowing your Rights: Expectant and Parenting student rights under Title IX 

This workshop focuses on the Title IX Law. Title IX protects students from various forms of sex discrimination, protecting expectant and parenting students. However, many schools and their parenting students are unaware of these protections. This workshop uses an interactive and fun approach to teaching by having participants play a jeapardy-style game, complete with buzzers and prizes! This workshop will be led by expectant and parenting teens, and/or former teen parents who will help participants navigate when the law protects them, who to reach out to when they feel their rights have been violated and the best way to advocate for their rights.

Parenting in Public: Positive Discipline Techniques 

You have to go to Walgreen’s to pick up a few things and you pass the candy aisle.  Your child starts screaming at the top of his lungs that he wants candy.  What should you do? You're riding the T and your child is standing up on the seat or refuses to hold onto the pole. The other passengers are staring at you. How will you handle this? This workshop will explore these and other scenarios to help new parents learn how to anticipate and deal with the issues of parenting in public through using positive discipline techniques.

Being a Young Dad 

In this workshop, you'll have the chance to share what it's like to be a young dad and to hear from other young men who are going through similar joys and struggles. We will also talk about how your baby can motivate you to set goals and take better care of yourself because you're a dad now. 

Yoga & Meditation

Participate in a one hour yoga class that focuses on relaxation and meditation. Facilitated by a prenatal and postpartum yoga teacher, who is also trained as a Doula!

Questions? Contact Ariel at ALChilds@partners.org or at 617.582.0187

 

 

Have questions about STEPS: The Summit for Young Parents? Contact Center for Community Health and Health Equity, Brigham & Women's Hospital

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Northeastern University
360 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115

Thursday, June 27, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)


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