School-Based Support Groups Provide Services for Teen Parents

Merging school-based support groups and other services for teen parents

From 1992 to 1997, Minneapolis-based MELD (formerly Minnesota Early Learning Design), a self-help support program for teen parents, replicated its program in locations throughout New Jersey.

MELD was created in Minneapolis in the 1970s with support from the Lilly Endowment and The Carnegie Foundation to address the needs of new teen parents. The programs were operational in 80 sites around the country as of 1992.

Key Results

  • A total 2,600 young parents were served by the 13 programs at nine sites during the grant period.

  • MELD has concluded that its program is most effective when it is a collaboration with another committed agency that houses services for teens.

  • Despite a $5,000 first-year grant from the New Jersey Department of Human Services as an expression of its future commitment, continuing state financial support failed to materialize.

  • Due to the shortfall in financing, limited resources were available for administration.