Director of Research
LifeWorks aims to utilize peer mentors to address pregnant/parenting youth’s feelings of social disconnectedness and to leverage such relationships to reduce the rate of repeat pregnancy. Peer mentors will be young adults who were themselves young parents, who meet one-on-one with pregnant/parenting youth in a home- or community-based setting, and who are trained to provide services to at-risk youth. In addition to serving as a support system to pregnant/parenting teens, the peer mentors will be responsible for emphasizing the importance of family planning and improving youth’s communication and negotiation skills regarding contraceptive use. Finally, LifeWorks will explore avenues for leveraging technology to better serve and connect pregnant/parenting youth who reside in rural areas of Travis County.
This project will explore programming options that utilize peer mentors to address pregnant/parenting youth’s feelings of disconnectedness, and leveraging such relationships to reduce the rate of repeat pregnancy and improve youth’s communication and negotiation skills regarding contraception.