What is TAPPs?
The Guelph Y Teenage Parents Program (TAPPs) is a free program that offers a safe, non- judgmental place where pregnant and parenting teen mothers and fathers can belong and grow as parents. We provide support, information and resources to pregnant and parenting teens between the ages of 14 and 21 (young fathers can be 24 years of age or younger).
TAPPs is an on-going program, meeting weekly on Mondays and Thursdays between 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm, and is designed to provide information on topics including, but not limited to; child development, nutrition, managing stress, birth control, budgeting, healthy relationships and behaviour management.
Connect with other Parents
Participants can drop by the TAPPs Program three times per week to connect with other teen parents, and gain access to information, resources and tools to develop their parenting skills, that support personal growth of participants and their children. TAPPs has a monthly calendar with special events that can be picked up at the Guelph Y, or mailed to participants. We provide groups for moms only, dads only, and the option for partners to participate together.
Parenting Skills and Life Skills
In TAPPs, participants will learn about caring for their children and themselves. Participants will have an opportunity to talk about the challenges and joys of being a parent and ask questions in an open and safe environment, with other teens who are going through similar experiences. Speakers from various backgrounds will join the program to present on different topics related to parenting and life skills. Guest Speakers come from all areas of the community to provide support to participants in areas including budgeting, housing, school, employment and relationships.
By joining TAPPs, participants will have access to additional community groups through referrals, and we can help participants become familiar with the contacts and agencies in the community that provide support to young parents.
Create a Healthy & Active Lifestyle for your Growing Family
Participants will have the opportunity to become a member of the YMCA-YWCA of Guelph where they can participate in the Health, Fitness & Aquatics Programs available – including Swimming Lessons for their children. We also teach participants how to prepare healthy meals and snacks for their child. Subsidized Memberships are available.
TAPP’s 2016 Program Offerings
1. Resource Group: This is a drop-in program held on Monday nights from 4:00-7:00pm. This group provides participants with information related to parenting skills and support as well as various influencing factors or relevant topics such as mental health, stress management, healthy relationships, self-esteem and positive lifestyle choices. Resource group also features guest speakers from the community.
2. Supper Group: This is a drop-in program held the fourth Monday of every month from 5:00-7:00pm, excluding December. This is an opportunity for participants and their families cook healthy meals and learn more about nutrition.
3. TAPPs Tuesdays: This is a neighbourhood drop-in program in partnership with the Guelph Community Health Center and the Guelph Neighbourhood Coalition. Focus will be on parenting skills and healthy lifestyles. This program will take place beginning in January 2016.
4. GCHC Relationship Group – a 6 week series held at the GCHC downtown location focusing on Healthy Relationships. Group will be offered January 12th to February 16th from 4:30-5:30pm
5. Outreach Programming Series: TAPPs has recently developed a set of programming series, each consists of 6 individual workshops. Topics include Resiliency Skills, Independently Living, Communication Skills, Healthy Relationships, Parenting 101, Understanding and Dealing with Stress & Anxiety, and A Parent’s Role in Their Child’s Development. These series are delivered to various community partner groups. These are registered groups.
6. Dream It Be It. Dream It Be It; Career Prep will begin in March 2016 in partnership with Soroptimist International of Guelph. This group will be hosted on 4 Wednesday evenings at the Guelph Y from 7 to 9pm. This is a registered group.
7. Activity Group: This group is a drop-in program held on Thursday nights from 4:00-7:00pm focusing on crafts, hobbies, fitness, and games. It is to encourage participation in social and leisure activities.
8. Homework Group: this drop in program is held Thursdays from 5:00-7:00pm. This is an opportunity for participants to work towards obtaining high school diplomas, or on college/university courses. Staff and volunteers are available to help out at this time.
9. Community Tour Group: This group is a drop-in program based in various locations across the city. A monthly calendar highlights the locations TAPPS will be visiting. This drop in group has been held at The Ontario Early Years Center, The Guelph Library as well as the Guelph Civic Museum.
For information on any of these programs contact Sarah Robb, Teenage Parents Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Education and advice are provided from community professionals both on personal and parenting issues. Support and resources are also available.
What TAPPS participants 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.
Help support the Guelph Y Teenage Parents Program and
YMCA-YWCA of Guelph Teenage Parents Program
130 Woodland Glen Drive
Guelph, ON N1G 4M3
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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.