---- — DERRY — The Upper Room was awarded a grant to help support the Tsienneto Road’s center’s teen parenting programs.
The Upper Room will receive $30,000 from the Alexander Eastman Foundation to specifically support the Teen Information for Parenting (TIPS) program.
TIPS is geared toward current or expectant parents 23 years old or younger. It is a support group and education program.
TIPS teaches its members important parenting and life skills such as how to avoid abuse and neglect, nutrition and healthy meal preparation, along with financial management skills and planning.
Young parents are also taught how to continue their schooling while caring for a child and how to handle family dynamics.
The program provides resources and other information to help young parents secure employment and housing. All services are free of charge.
“We are very honored to receive this grant from the Alexander Eastman Foundation,” Upper Room executive director Kimberly Bavaro said. “These funds will go a long way in making sure our TIPS participants receive the knowledge and tools needed to be a great parent, and the resources to create happy and positive parent-child relationships.”
The Alexander Eastman Foundation is a private grant-making organization serving the Greater Derry area. Bavaro said the grant money will be well spent.
“We thank the Alexander Eastman Foundation for their kind support and look forward to helping more young families in the new year,” she said.
TIPS holds weekly meetings at the Upper Room on Tsienneto Road and also meets at members’ schools, hosts summer trips, family outings and other special events for members.
To learn more about TIPS or any other Upper Room program, call 437-8477 or visit urteachers.org.