Teen parents face the challenge of adapting to an adult role while still forming their own identity.
Since 2001, Auckland Women's Centre (AWC) has worked alongside young people as they go through the major life change of becoming parents.
Approximately 600 young parents a year take part in the AWC Teen Parent Project. AWC provides a positive parenting programme, events, mentoring, peer support, family services and youth-friendly resources.
One young mum says being involved in the project has given her "a great sense of purpose".
The Tindall Foundation is contributing funds towards developing the Teen Parent Project into a Teen Parent Centre.
"The donation from The Tindall Foundation is helping us turn our vision for a new centre into reality," says Annalise Myers, AWC Teen Parent Centre Development Manager. "We have new resources to ensure it's innovative, sustainable and community-based."
AWC is working in partnership with a dedicated group of teen parents, community members and Massey University's SHORE research centre to identify directions for the new centre.
For more information contact:
Annalise Myers, AWC Teen Parent Centre Development Manager