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TRA is one of four awardees nationwide to receive a U.S. Department of Labor grant to operate a Young Parents Demonstration Program (YPD) as part of a national project. Over a 2-year period, in partnership with LARE Training Center, TRA will enroll 400 low-income young parents (ages 16 to 24) into existing Young Parent GED/ Work Readiness training programs in Brockton, Fitchburg, Holyoke, New Bedford, Quincy, Salem, Springfield, Worcester, Chelsea and Lawrence, Massachusetts.
All 400 participants will receive Young Parent Program services, but only 200 will be randomly selected to participate in mentoring services focusing on education, career advancement and personal development. Volunteer mentors will be recruited from the local communities.
The overall goal of the program is to evaluate the impact of intensive one-on-one mentoring services with regard to Young Parents' Program outcomes and success rates.