Catholic Charities offers support, encouragement, and education to first time expectant or parenting teens from 12 to 21 years of age who reside in Forsyth County in an effort to prepare them for future independence and self- sufficiency. The program identifies the teen's strengths, giving them the support and encouragement to overcome challenges, empowering them to believe in themselves, and celebrating their successes. We help teen parents to identify goals and fulfill dreams for the future. The program goals focus on three broad areas that will have impact on the future life trajectory for the teen and their child. These three goals are healthy decision-making, academic achievement, and comprehensive life skills training. Healthy decision-making includes regular medical care for self and child, avoiding risky behaviors, and effective and age-appropriate parenting skills to increase interactions with their child, support the child's development, and prepare the child for school.