Education Leading to Employment and Career Training (ELECT)- a Free Pennsylvania Department of Education initiative funded by the Department of Human Services- enables school districts and intermediate units to help pregnant and parenting teens earn a diploma or a GED certificate, become better parents, and make the transition to employment, career training or higher education.
ELECT Fatherhood Initiative component was designed to meet the needs of teen fathers and to support and encourage their active participation and involvement in raising their child.
Friendly and knowledgeable program staff will assist in educational enrollment including: cyber school, GED programs, homeschool, and homebound services. Program staff provides intensive case management, counseling, parenting and life skills education, advocacy and other supportive services to pregnant and parenting teens and young adults as they strive to reach their educational goals of graduation from high school. The ELECT program staff monitors school attendance and grades and provides year-round engagement with the students.
Educational Group Topics include but are not limited to:
- 2nd Pregnancy Prevention
- Reproductive Health Information
- Prenatal Development
- Infant and Child Development
- Stress Management
- Child Care
- Healthy Relationships
- Career Readiness, Skills, and Development
- Parenting Skills/Discipline
- College Admissions
- Study Skills
- Importance of Fathers
Enrolled students receive incentives for participation and engagement in the program. Incentives are also offered for meeting goals in attendance and grades. Students are expected to participate in the program for a total of 4 hours a month through individual contact with case managers at their school, group involvement, program events/activities and home visits.
Meet the ELECT Program Staff