Through an initiative of the PA Department of Education, the Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU) is responding to the specific needs of pregnant and parenting youth through its ELECT (Education Leading to Employment and Career Training) program. This free program is open to all pregnant and parenting teens who are enrolled in school or who are studying for their GED and live within Dauphin, Cumberland, Perry, and northern York counties.
The ELECT program supports pregnant and parenting teens in developing skills that lead to successful completion of high school and economic self-sufficiency after graduation. Case managers provide one-on-one or group support weekly. Participants learn effective goal setting, parenting skills, and healthy decision-making.
ELECT staff work in collaboration with school and community personnel to support pregnant and parenting teenage students. The support is offered year-round to maintain continuity of contact and to foster the motivation to succeed. Emphasis is placed on school attendance, academic progress, job readiness, healthy parenting skills, and self-care. Additionally, ELECT identifies the individual needs of each student and works with the student to resolve any barriers to success. The staff also helps the pregnant and parenting teens to learn self-advocacy skills. The primary goal is for the student to graduate from high school or receive a GED.