NMLLEN

This project aims to give pregnant and parenting young people equitable access to education and provide them with the supports they need.

Pregnant and Parenting Young People

One of the key areas where the future of pregnant and parenting young people suffers is educational attainment. Mildura has one of the highest teenage birth rates in Victoria. The 2010 Community Profiles reveals that in Mildura, the rate of babies born to women aged 15-19 years old is 27.0 per 1000 teenage women, which is more than double the state average. Also, there are 8.8% young people (more females than males) aged 15-19 years old not in education, employment or training, the state average is 5.5%.

Since 2010, NMLLEN has been collaborating with Anne Webster (Founding Director – Zoe Support Australia) and helped coordinate Focus groups which formed a major part of her research for the needs assessment study for teenage mothers to complete secondary education in Mildura for a Bachelor of Social Work.

In her study, Great Expectations: Reclaiming Education for Teenage Mothers, she confirmed that teenage mothers in Mildura experience barriers to stay engaged or re-enagage in education. Barriers may include; stigmatisation, lack of adequate housing, transport, childcare, financial support, emotional and psychological support and flexible options in school ciurriculum. She made a number of recommendations in her study, one being that onsite child care facility with onsite, visiting and outreach services and supports at Mildura Senior College would allow teenage mothers to complete their education.

NMLLEN considered the findings of the needs assessment study and in partnership with Anne Webster, organised a Forum for community groups and organisations to explore a multi-dimensional program to support preganant and parenting young people complete their education in Mildura.

NMLLEN are facilitating the project and brokering partnerships with community stakeholders to explore ways in which we can support young parents to stay engaged or re-engage in education, training and employment, and help them and their young families to reach their full potential.

Key objectives of this project

This project aims to give pregnant and parenting young people equitable access to education and provide them with the supports they need to help them create a better future for themselves and their families.

  • Develop a model for the Mildura region
  • Create a working party that will develop and implement project