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Many local resources can guide teen parents to college, career

Student graduating and receiving hugs from friends and family

In this article, you’ll find answers to questions like:

1. What are options for completing high school?
2. How to get help with college?
3. How to get career help?

For some teen parents, finishing high school, advancing to college and finding a promising career may seem out of reach. 

But local resources — and knowledgeable experts — can help teens navigate these tough issues and prepare for their family's future.

First, teens should do all they can to continue their education. This will give them more career options in the future and help reduce the financial burden of early parenthood, says resource teacher Amy Crease and case manager Judith McInnes, both of the School District of Palm Beach County’s Department of Safe Schools Teen Parent Program.

School programs specifically for pregnant students and teen parents help identify students' strengths, goals and career paths to ensure their chances of being independent as young parents.


The Teen Parent Program can help Palm Beach County students become responsible parents and complete requirements for graduation. Participants must take at least one parenting skills course while earning credits toward a standard or special diploma. The program provides support services such as child care, health care, social services, parenting education and transportation. Call 561-494-1574 or speak with your school counselor. 

  • To receive free tutoring: The Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County's AmeriCorps volunteers offer academic coaching, tutoring and graduation mentoring. Call 561-279-9103.
  • To earn an online high school degree and career certification in one of eight categories: Learn more about Career Online High School.


The Federal TRIO Programs are designed to identify and provide services for low-income individuals, first-generation college students and individuals with disabilities to help them progress through the academic pipeline, from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs.

Contact Palm Beach State College’s student support services for more information on local TRIO programs that help non-traditional students overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education. Call 561-868-3392 or email ssstrio@palmbeachstate.edu.


Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach’s Square One program provides help to unemployed youth who are not in school, ages 15 to 29, including educational counseling, driving simulation, special events, resume workshops and computer skills. Call 561-868-7707 or email cohs@mycitylibrary.org.

  • To gain career skills and certifications: Career Source Palm Beach County's youth services offers teen work placement programs. Call 561-340-1060, ext. 2376.
  •  To receive vocational skills training: Project Lift 14-week programs for at-risk youth are available in the Glades area.
  • To visit a career fair: The annual Palm Beach County College and Career Fair at South Florida Fairgrounds is held each October. Watch for details on the school district’s website.
  • To explore careers: Try the MyCareerShines free online tool via the Florida Department of Education website to learn about yourself, make a plan for education and prepare for work. Also check out My Next Move sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.


Amy Crease, resource teacher for Teen Parent Program, School District of Palm Beach County’s Department of Safe Schools
Judith McInnes, case manager for Teen Parent Program, School District of Palm Beach County’s Department of Safe Schools  


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