Adolescent pregnancy has long-term social, economic, and educational implications. Studies have shown that teenage parents are more likely to face economic hardship throughout their lives than those who wait until their twenties to become mothers. To help prevent the abuse and neglect of current and future children, the PCA-NJ provides free school services for pregnant teens and parents across New Jersey. These services include childcare, parent groups, individual counseling, crisis intervention, and intensive case management.
All of these services are designed to increase adolescent parents' self-esteem and knowledge about parenting and child development, while also helping them finish high school and avoid repeating pregnancies. The New Jersey Department of Children and Families funds parent bonding programs. In 1981, Robert Redford brought together a group of his friends and colleagues in Utah to create an environment that would foster independence, exploration, and new voices in American cinema. By removing the pressures of the market in a remote natural setting, each emerging artist was encouraged to take creative risks and create a film that was true to their unique vision. If you're looking for an opportunity to make a difference at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival, be sure to check back during the summer.