The Inglewood Public Library has received a STeP (Skills for Teen Parents) grant from the California State Library. The STeP program, a statewide project of the California State Library and the Southern California Library Cooperative, has provided funds for the Inglewood Public Library to offer free workshops to pregnant and parenting teenagers.
The workshops will be held one evening a week at the Crenshaw-Imperial Branch Library, February 3 to April 6, 2016. Teens must sign up beforehand to attend. Child care for the participants will be provided during the workshops.
California teen moms account for 39,000 children born to mothers ages 19 or under, and California ranks 17th in the nation in teen birth rates. Nearly 70% of teen moms drop out of high school. The goal of these workshops is to teach necessary life skills to teens in order to successfully provide for themselves and their child. Research suggests that by giving teen mothers the support, training and resources needed to take control of their lives they can become better equipped to handle life’s challenges.
This project is supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the State Librarian.
The Crenshaw-Imperial Branch Library is located at 11141 Crenshaw Boulevard, Inglewood, California 90303. Parking is free on weekdays after 4:00 p.m.
To learn more about the program and how to sign up, call (310) 412-5645 or visit library.cityofinglewood.org.