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Sutter Teen Programs Celebrates Young Parents with Grad Party

Posted by on Aug 2, 2017 in Children's Services, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento | 0 comments

The road to a high school diploma isn’t always easy for teen parents. For those who take advantage of the services, Sutter Teen Programs provides support to ensure the milestone is achieved.

The teen program, part of Sutter Women’s and Children’s Ambulatory Services Department in Sacramento, held a graduation celebration for nine participants to congratulate the grads on a job well done.

“We want these parents to know that we are proud of their accomplishments and all that they overcame to graduate high school,” said Elaine Ellers, manager, Sutter Teen Programs.

The celebration was held at Sutter Medical Plaza, Sacramento, and catered by Chipotle. Participants attended with their families.

One mom who wasn’t able to attend wrote a letter which was read at the party. She discussed the challenges of having her childhood cut short and the difficulties of being a young parent.

The letter, said Elaine, was very moving and left many attendees choked up.

Sutter Teen Programs is a referral-based program for any expectant parent – male or female. Participants are assigned a case manager who provide support to the teen through their journey until they age out at 20 years old.

The program, in existence since 1991, has seen many success stories through the years of those who have graduated from college and gone on to work for the state.

“Individuals have praised the support they received from our staff for helping them stay focused,” said Elaine.

Members of this year’s graduating class will attend college or head straight to the workforce.

“They were very appreciative of this celebration,” said Elaine. “I’m so glad we decided to do it because it was great to recognize their perseverance.”

The teen programs hadn’t held a graduation celebration for about 10 years, but hope to make it a regular occurrence moving forward.

“It’s very important to recognize this achievement. We are so proud of them,” said Elaine.

Posted by on Aug 2, 2017 in Children's Services, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento | 0 comments