Bijou-Tesla Parent Support Group

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Maislyn Conarty

Maislyn Conarty

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Maislyn Conarty, Editor

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This is a group for student parents, that still attend the school and want to make sure they can make a good life for themselves and their children. In the meetings they talk about the stresses of being a teen parent & still attending school, mostly mothers are in the group but the partners are very much encouraged to participate. Between the two school, Bijou and Tesla, there are about 12 girls who attend the meetings. 

When they get together every other Tuesday, at 9: 30a.m, they do variations of stress relief practices. They do yoga, they talk, and they have snacks. The counselors also bring in special guests who provided different resources. They also make sure the students are signed up with WIC. WIC is a federal assistance program of the Food and Nutrition Service of the United States Department of Agriculture for healthcare and nutrition of low-income pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and children under the age of five. But before you can receive the assistance, the parent must complete a parenting class.  

The main message for the group is to give the young parents hope, and to make sure they know that they can do this. The counselors who run the meetings, Ms. Kristyn Gray and Ms. Rebecca Leslie, have made a safe haven for students who don’t have a ton or no support at home or from the other partner. Kris mentioned they want the students to move forward in their educational career, such as going to Pikes Peak Community College, who has a daycare on campus. Giving the students the opportunity to thrive on in their education. 

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