Groups -- Parenting

Teen Parents


GOALS (Going On Against Life's Struggles) (2011, F,L)
This support and empowerment group inspires, motivates, and encourages teen parents to set life goals. Monthly group meetings for teen moms, ages 13 to 21, include discussion, support, and 'mentor and mommy time'. The groups are about empowering minds, inspiring dreams, and encouraging healthy relationships. Free meal, child care, and transportation are provided. Meets 2nd Mon., 6:00-8:00 p.m., McKinley Foundation, 809 N. 5th St., Champaign.
Call: Tasha Thompson (217) 819-1976
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Write: GOALS Project, McKinley Foundation, 809 N. 5th St., Champaign, IL 61801

Healthy Young Families Teen Parent Support Group (1990 A,P/L)
This support group provides mutual support, information, and parenting education for teen mothers. Child care, transportation, and dinner is provided. Urbana group meets Tues., 5:00-7:00 p.m., Philo Road Church of Christ, 2601 S. Philo Rd., Urbana. Champaign group meets Thurs., 5:00-7:00 p.m., Temple Baptist Church, 1100 Broadmoor Dr., Champaign. Call for an interview to attend the groups.
Call: Teen Parent Coordinator (217) 693-4562 or (217) 398-8080
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Write: Teen Parent Group Coordinator, Community Elements, 1801 Fox Dr., Champaign, IL 61820

Parent Wonders (1990 A,P)
This program partners with families to nurture healthy parent-child relationships during the critical early-childhood years and to enhance the positive development of young children. The organization serves parents who reside in rural Champaign County (excluding Champaign, Urbana, and Mahomet) who have children from birth to 36 months. It focuses on at-risk pregnant women and parenting teens and families who have the greatest needs. Support and parent education is provided through a variety of programs, such as one-on-one consultations and home visiting services. Special programs are available for pregnant and parenting teens.
Call: Felicia Gooler, Developmental Service Center (217) 359-0287
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Write: 1304 W. Bradley Ave. Champaign, IL 61821

Real Life Young Moms Group (2008 A,L)
This group is for moms between 13 and 25. It provides help, support and encouragement so members can reach their full potential and meet their goals while raising their children. A free meal and free child care are provided. Meets Fri. 6:00-8:00 p.m. Salvation Army, 502 N. Prospect Ave., Champaign
Call: Shaniece Cooper (217) 356-1176 ext. 114

Young Lives Group (Champaign) (2008 A,L)
This group offers teen moms support and education, relief from the isolation and struggle of their daily lives, and hope for the future. Each meeting includes transportation, a free meal, child care, and fun activities. Meets 1st and 3rd Thurs., 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., during the school year. In the summer there are weekly play dates and a summer camp in July for moms and their babies. First Presbyterian Church, 302 W. Church St., Champaign.
Call: Erin Watson (217) 493-9537
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Heart-2-Heart (2003 F,P/L)
Heart-2-Heart is a 12-week group for young moms to come together and talk about parenting, healthy relationships, and how to protect their children from harmful people. Meal and childcare provided along with referrals to other services. Tues., 4:00 - 5:30 p.m., (please call to inquire about current session), Healthy Start House (on Children's Home + Aid campus), 1115 E. Taylor St., Bloomington.
Call: Earl Kloppman- (309) 808-9066
Write: Children's Home + Aid, 403 S. State Street, Bloomington, IL 61701