The Young Student Parent (YSP) program is a comprehensive support program for students trying to balance the responsibilities of parenting, family, and work with the goals of achieving a college education and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, Carlton County Public Health and Human Services, and Fond du Lac Reservation Public Health and Human Services are partners in this effort.
Our target group is male and female students that are parenting and/or expecting a child, and are between the ages of 18-35 years old. Student parents that are near the target age and are parenting young children will be accepted. As part of our outreach effort, we also accept young parents in the community that are thinking of returning to school.
What services are offered for participants?
Participants are offered academic advising, a strong support system, special workshops and presentations, free tutoring services, nutrition education, financial counseling, parenting and parent/child classes, free health screenings, connections and referrals to on-campus and off-campus services and activities... and more.
In addition, program participation will be rewarded with incentives for life's essentials like gas cards, grocery cards, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Bookstore gift certificates, and Wal-Mart gift cards. Participants earn points and rewards for attending parent/child classes (free meal and childcare provided), workshops, tutoring sessions, club meetings, one-on-one visits with the YSP coordinator and free parent-child home visits with a public health nurse. More attendance means more rewards.
How do I sign up?
Begin by signing up for an initial interview with the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College YSP Coordinator, Tina Alcala. The interview will consist of discussion and completing a personal history form to gather your essential information and ask for your input and ideas. You will have a chance to ask questions and share your thoughts. If you choose to participate in the program, you will be given registration materials and a participant packet.
For more information, contact:
Young Student Parent Program Coordinator
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
2101 14th Street
Cloquet, MN 55720