STEMM (Supporting Teenagers with Education, Mothering and Mentoring) is the proud recipient of the SCBWN raffle ticket funds, and we as a network are proud to be able to support young mothers in our community so that they may be educated and job-ready to enter the workforce support their young families.
Throughout the COVID-19 restrictions, STEMM is continuing to support the young pregnant girls, mums and their children. The team has really tapped into their creative and technological sides to make sure their students are well supported and able to continue their education pathways.
Here’s what they’ve been up to:
The girls are engaged in their learning online. This includes the Tertiary Pathways Program, Cert III in Early Childhood, Cert II in Salon Assistant/Retail Cosmetics and external courses which some of the students are studying. Parenting, relationships, literacy and numeracy classes are also attended by the girls online.
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH
All STEMM students have access to the STEMM Key Support Workers, Counsellor and Social Worker via online platforms. This is invaluable and allows STEMM to remain not only connected, but also able to provide individualised support to the girls and their little ones. External Allied Health services available include the GP, midwife, child health nurse and psychologist, who work with STEMM on an ongoing basis.
Each week STEMM are delivering ‘themed’ care packages to each and every one of their 28 students. Included in the packages are books, craft materials, games and recipes to help support the STEMM girls. The feedback from the girls has been fantastic and heart-warming.
The amazing Adjunct Care teams are getting in touch with their ‘inner Playschool’ and creating story time, craft and fun activity videos so that they can be accessed by the girls at any time. The response has been fantastic! The videos provide another platform to connect with our STEMM mums and bubs.
SCBWN members and guests are encouraged to support STEMM through our monthly raffle ticket sales or you can find out more about additional support for this wonderful group at www.stemm.com.au