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Approximately 31% of teenage girls become pregnant at least once before reaching the age of 20. Less than 40% of teen mothers that begin families before the age of 18 ever earn a high school diploma, and only 1.5% earn a college degree by the age of 30. SPARC Hope partners with the TAPP, TeenAge Parenting Program, to begin our BRIDGE Program. We want to connect with teenage single mothers in the hopes of encouraging them to move onto higher education.
In 2019, after a rise in our intakes, we looked at our Bridge Program and decided we could also offer this program to our intakes who are strong candidates for our Life Plan Program, but need that semester (approximately 3 months) to transition into our Life Plan Program. This is very similar to our TAPP clients who are transitioning from high school to college. Some examples would be:
- Someone not currently in school, but willing to work with an Educational Specialist and be enrolled within the next semester.
- Someone who is not currently working, but willing to work the process we require when a client is out of work and will secure employment within a semester.
- Someone lacking a 2.0 GPA, working diligently to get grades up in the current semester
If you are interested in applying for the BRIDGE program or have any questions about the program please call the office at 502-245-9899, or go to our Need Assistance page on our website and fill out our intake form.