Local Youth-led Program Supporting Young Parents gets Provincial Recognition

Parker’s Project is a youth-led program that supports pregnant and parenting youth. 

Since 2017, the group has launched a number of projects to support young parents including a Post-Partum Mood Disorder awareness campaign, an information resource for new parents, and a Parent to Parent Mentorship program.

Parker’s Project is unique – while most youth programs are designed and delivered by community organizations, these programs are guided by youth themselves, with support from fifteen local youth-serving agencies.

Youth leaders identify their own priorities and plans for action, while partner agencies provide support through mentorship, subject matter expertise, data sharing, engagement strategies, and knowledge of local programming.

‘Working with our community partners has been such an awesome experience. Their help has been instrumental to complete all 3 projects and we are so grateful for them”, said Kayla, Parker’s Project Youth Leader.

The program will be formally acknowledged at Brantford City Council Tuesday evening, as a result of being honoured with the 2019 Local Champions Award by the Ontario Municipal Social Service Association (OMSSA).

The award recognizes the unique partnership between Parker’s Project youth, the City of Brantford, and community agencies, to develop innovation approaches to supporting the community.

2019 marks the third consecutive year that the City of Brantford has received the Local Champions Award.

In 2017 OMSSA recognized the City for its partnership with the Grand Erie District School Board to develop the ‘Major B’ Hub, and again in 2018 for the City’s partnership with Laurier Brantford, to develop the Community Change Makers Program.