Route 21 is a program in Bartholomew County that focuses on supporting pregnant and parenting young women and men to becoming empowered and productive members of the community. We offer structured case management to meet the needs of teen parents so they are Ready by 21: Ready for college, work, and life. We provide educational materials on parenting skills for young parents as well as link them to community resources that are related to pregnancy, parenting, child care, and to other assistance programs throughout the county, such as public transportation, WIC, Hoosier Healthwise (Medicaid), etc.
We also work with area schools' counseling departments to assist teens in completing their education in order to prepare them for continuing on to higher education and/or skill development. When school is in session, we meet with our clients bi-weekly during the school day to provide group educational sessions including; parenting, financial literacy, academic success, preparing for college, nutrition, teen dating violence, access to health care, building healthy relationships, etc..(for a full listing of educational workshops offered, visit our Document Center). In addition, any issues related to school performance is addressed one-on-one with school teachers and guidance counselors.
Throughout the year, the Case Manager and Outreach Coordinator meet with their clientele to complete assessments. The assessments determine client needs in order to complete goals throughout the program. During the summer, we provide events/outings that keep the teen parents connected to one another and to have the opportunity to participate in activities that are resourceful for their pregnant/parenting needs as well as their personal needs.
If you think this program would assist you or someone you know, call 812-375-2208 today! Referral forms for this program are available in the document center. Any agency or individual who would like to make a referral may do so. Please return via email, email@example.com or fax 812-669-0041.