The Healthy Young Parent Program (HYPP) is a home-visiting parent training and support program for pregnant and parenting young Native woman and fathers.
HYPP uses the Family Spirit curriculum, which builds strong communities, thriving families and children that are healthy, safe and ready to learn by matching parents and caregivers with trained professionals who make regular personal home visits during a child’s earliest years in life, from prenatal through 3 years post-partum.
To break inter-generational cycles of despair in historically-disenfranchised communities by empowering a local work force as change agents for promoting the best start for young families.
WHAT IS FAMILY SPIRIT?
The Family Spirit Home-Visiting Program is designed to promote effective parenting while assisting pregnant and parenting mothers and fathers in developing coping and problem-solving skills to overcome individual and environmental stressors.
Key components of the intervention include one-on-one home-based parent training to help young parents:
- Provide consistent, responsive care and monitoring and avoid coercive parenting;
- Avoid drug use, which could interfere with effective parenting; and
- Attain coping and life skills to overcome personal and environmental stressors.
OUR PROGRAM GOALS
- Increase parenting knowledge and skills by:
- Addressing risks that could interfere with positive child rearing such as: drug and alcohol abuse, depression, low education and employment, and domestic violence problems.
- Promoting physical, cognitive, and social and emotional development for children of young parents.
- Preparing children for early school success.
- Ensuring children get recommended well-child visits and health care.
- Linking families to community services.
- Promoting parent and children’s life skills and behavioral outcomes across lifespan.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
- Pregnant and parenting females and males
- 24 years old and younger
- Must be an enrolled CSKT tribal member, descendant, or enrolled in another federally recognized tribe.
- Must reside on the Flathead Indian Reservation.