Fredericksburg, Virginia – YoungLives, a branch of the ministry of Young Life that mentors and supports teen moms in our community, is hosting a craft fair to benefit the Program for Teen Parents, a program of the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board (RACSB). The craft fair is Saturday, April 9, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Riverbend High School (located at 12301 Spotswood Furnace Road, Fredericksburg). Admission is free.
All proceeds from the purchase of vendor spaces benefit the Childcare Assistance Fund, which enables teen parents to finish high school by supplementing the cost of daycare. Last year, a dozen students benefited from the Childcare Assistance Fund.
According to Parent Educator, Joan Gillis, "The Childcare Assistance Fund is a wonderful support for our teens and their children. Financial assistance with childcare expenses helps our parenting teenagers focus more on finishing high school. Obtaining that diploma helps these teens provide a better life for their children."
For nearly 20 years, the Program for Teen Parents has provided school and home-based education and support for pregnant and parenting teenagers in Spotsylvania County. Their mission is to facilitate healthier pregnancies, healthier babies, and nurturing relationships between parent and child. The program assists teens prior to the birth of their child and offers continued support until the child is three years old. Parent Educators offer educational groups, infant massage classes, and Lamaze classes. There is no charge for the programs. A total of 128 teen parents from Spotsylvania County benefited from the Program for Teen Parents in fiscal year 2010 (July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010).