TAPP (Teen Age Parent Program)
TAPP is a program for pregnant and parenting students who want to earn their high school diploma. Students have a daily parent education class to learn about different issues in teen parenting such as discipline, development, multi-generational living, relationships, and so much more. This class provides opportunities for discussion and for students to support and learn from each other as they are all in the same unique situation and are going through the same issues. Establishing trust and support between students and creating positive relationships is a great benefit and makes the learning experience even better.
Throughout the year speakers from various businesses and community agencies come to our class and share their expertise in specific areas such as banking and money management and resources such as WIC, Health Resource Center, Mahube-Otwa Headstart, Lakes Crisis & Resource Center, Becker County Child Support, and more. We also visit agencies/businesses to see where they are located and so the students themselves become familiar with the community resources and will know where to go in the future when they are out of school.
As TAPP Coordinator, part of my role is to assist students in accessing services to help them continue their education and to navigate resources on their own. Childcare and transportation are two common issues. The most important goal is to support students in their efforts towards graduation and to be good parents. I want them to believe in themselves and that they can reach any goal they set with the right mindset and the help and support of their family, friends, school and community.
Homebound services are also provided when a student is placed on bedrest during pregnancy or when they deliver their babies. The OB physician will need to provide a letter with instructions to provide homebound services for a minimum of 6 weeks or as long as the doctor deems necessary for the health of mom and baby. Academic instruction typically occurs on Friday afternoons, evenings or the weekends and wherever the student feels most comfortable whether it is at home, the school or is in a virtual format.