What is TAPPS?
The Guelph Y Teenage Parents Program (TAPPS) provides support, information and resources to pregnant and parenting teens. Programs are available for young women up to age 21 and young men up to age 24. The goal of the Teenage Age Parents Program is to support the personal growth of pregnant and parenting teens and their children while assisting teen parents in improving their parenting skills, education and well being.
Speakers from different community organizations provide support and expert education about their services, health and life skills.
Education and advice are provided from community professionals both on personal and parenting issues. Support and resources are also available.
New Mom’s Group
Community Partners provides education and advice about parenting children in their first year. Topics include nutrition, sleep safety, infant health, behaviour development, women’s health and sexual health.
Toddler Mom’s Group
Expert support, information and resources are available for young moms with children 12 months and older.
A time for teens to come in and have some quiet time to work on homework, correspondence or journaling. Books, journals and art supplies are provided for those without homework. Help with homework is also available when needed.
Games, crafts, and other fun activities.
Education and advice are given about food and nutrition. A full meal is planned and provided for participants, their children and staff.
For You and Your Children:
- You will meet other young parents and their children
- We have toys and games so you and your baby can play together.
- Your baby will meet other babies and toddlers.
- Our staff provide free childcare for our programs.
- We provide you with bus tickets and snacks.
- We have a donation closet with toys and other various baby accessories.
- You will feel support from TAPPS staff and from your peers.
- We can suggest relevant community agencies and advocate if needed.
What TAPPS moms have to say:
“I’ve found the program to be very helpful. It’s great being able to talk to people who are going through the same things that I am.”
“The most beneficial part of TAPPS is that my daughter gets a chance to play with other kids. Sometimes daycare isn’t an option financially, so coming to TAPPS gives her a chance to interact.”
“They make you feel really comfortable here. It’s a relaxed atmosphere where you can talk about whatever you want. TAPPS is a fun place to be.”
If you’re interested in volunteering at TAPPS, please call us at 519-821-3900. We welcome all donations of baby food, clothing, and diapers as well as financial donations.
YMCA-YWCA of Guelph Teenage Parents Program
130 Woodland Glen Drive
Guelph, ON N1G 4M3
The YMCA-YWCA of Guelph would like to acknowledge the support of the United Way Community Services of Guelph and Wellington in funding approximately 20% of this program.