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Supporting Young Parents: A Toolkit


Young Parents: Education, Employment, and Financial Literacy

Young Parents: Education, Employment, and Financial LiteracyMaking the transition to adult responsibilities can be difficult for any young person. For young parents, these difficulties may be compounded by raising children or trying to keep families together. The resources below provide information and tools to facilitate young people's education and career planning as well as financial literacy. For education and employment links specific to New York State, visit Supporting Young Parents in New York State.


Keeping Pregnant and Parenting Students from Dropping Out: A Guide for Policymakers and Schools

Produced by Healthy Teen Network and the National Women's Law Center, this guide identifies the obstacles to high school graduation that pregnant and parenting students face. It also provides recommendations for policy changes to support young parents and improve school attendance.

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How to Keep Pregnant and Parenting Students from Dropping Out: A Primer for Schools

This National Women's Law Center fact sheet summarizes the steps schools can take under Title IX to meet the needs of young parenting high school students.

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Pregnant and Parenting Students' Rights Toolkit

This comprehensive toolkit from the National Women's Law Center provides a detailed overview of the important aspects of Title IX for pregnant and parenting students at federally funded educational institutions. It includes a summary of rights, FAQs on breastfeeding rights, a step-by-step guide to filing a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, tips for when and how to take action, and a list of government resources and assistance for low-income parents.


Pregnant and Parenting Students: Often Left Behind

This article describes legal protections for pregnant and parenting students as well as measures that schools and policymakers can take to ensure support for these students. This resource is part of the National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education publication Title IX at 40: Working to Ensure Gender Equity in Education.


Pregnant & Parenting Students

This section of the National Women's Law Center website provides webinars, fact sheets, legal briefs, descriptions of students' rights, and many other resources for helping pregnant and parenting students under the protection of Title IX.


Education: State-by-State Information

This table from YouthBuild lists the high school equivalency exams used in each state as of January 2014, and links to related resources.

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About the GED Test

This website provides information about what the GED test is and how to obtain it, as well as study materials, test previews, and the official practice test.


Employment and Financial Literacy

Youth & Labor

This page offers information on laws and regulations pertaining to minors, including rules on wages, hours worked, safety requirements, and the types of employment minors can legally engage in.

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Youth Rules! Preparing the 21st Century Workforce

On this site for young people, the U.S. Department of Labor provides information on teens' rights and safety at work.


Preparing Youth for Career Success

This ACT for Youth page links to community partners, curricula, and resources to help young people explore and work toward careers.

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Helping Youth Achieve Financial Literacy

On this page, ACT for Youth links to additional financial literacy program activities and curricula, as well as resources for young people.

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