The Program

Supporting Expecting & Parenting Teens Program

A unique, personalised and free program matches an expecting or parenting young person with a professional mentor for 12 months. Mentors work from local hub sites, community organisations or via virtual delivery.

Our mentors walk alongside participants throughout the program – from referrals and first contact, to setting goals and working to achieve them, to celebration of their achievements and graduation from the program.

We work together with the pregnant or parenting young person on setting goals that are important to them including (but not limited to):

  • educational and workforce participation
  • social connection
  • health and wellbeing
  • life skills
  • parenting skills
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We also provide support and help with referrals to additional services for:

  • navigating payments
  • financial or housing assistance
  • applying for childcare
  • healthy relationships
  • caring for your baby

Brave partners with and promotes existing pregnancy and parenting support services and educational opportunities.

Young Dads Program Pilot

We are creating a new mentoring program for young dads. The program is based on the SEPT Program but will be tailored to specifically meet the needs of young dads. 

We know that young dads want to be a valued and active parent in their child’s life and have unique needs and challenges to allow them and their families to flourish. 

Young dads work one on one with a professional mentor to identify things they’d like to achieve (for example, being the best dad they can be, returning to education, finding a job, managing finances, having better relationships with their child’s mother). The mentor meets with a young dad about every two weeks (depending on what is agreed is needed) and together they work on a plan toward achieving their goals.

The pilot program is available in and around Newcastle (NSW) and western Melbourne (Vic) but locations may expand based on interest).

Eligibility, referrals and the way the program works are the same as the SEPT program right now but we will be speaking to the young dads during the program to help shape how it looks. 

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Who is eligible

Criteria for eligibility

All participants must have an interest in preparing for education, training or employment.

Primary criteria for eligibility are:

  • Age (under 19) or aged under 25 years but became a parent at 19 or under

We also consider referrals from:

  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) young parents aged under 25 who started parenting at 21 or under
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young parents aged under 25 who started parenting at 21 or under
  • Parents with an intellectual disability aged under 25
  • Parents who live in a remote or rural location and aged under 25 if there are limited services available.
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The Pathway Plan

The Pathway Plan is an interactive tool created with participants to identify and keep track of the goals they would like to achieve while working with their mentor at Brave. The Plan includes the steps they will take to achieve these goals.

Our mentors work with participants to create a Pathway Plan to ensure they are connected to support, services and opportunities in their local communities.

Participant’s individual Pathway Plans are regularly reviewed with their mentor to see how they are progressing towards their goals and to continually identify further areas of support that will maximise their development as a parent and as an individual.

Program Locations

  • Cairns QLD
  • Darwin NT
  • Greater Melbourne VIC
  • Multiple locations TAS
  • Newcastle NSW
  • Perth WA
  • Virtual Delivery NATIONALLY
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Evidence Based

Founded, designed and led by those with shared lived experience of young parenthood, Brave has many years’ experience and expertise working with expecting and parenting young people and the community stakeholders who support them.

Brave has used evidence and lived experience to create the SEPT Program and will continue to draw on lived experience, organisational and external data, and research.

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