The Massachusetts Pregnant and Parenting Teen Initiative (MPPTI) aims to increase life opportunities and enhance family stability among young families in the priority communities of Chelsea, Holyoke, Lawrence, New Bedford, and Springfield. Program participants receive services tailored to their individual needs, including health and social service assessments, case management, counseling, health education, referrals, and infant/children services.
From 2014-2016, MPPTI served over 1,150 participants (570 adolescents and more than 600 children) in Chelsea, Holyoke, Lawrence, New Bedford, and Springfield. Among participants who were engaged in the program for 6 months or more:
- The percent of participants with full-time employment doubled
- 98% were enrolled in health insurance
- 93% reported using any contraception method
- 58% made progress toward individualized academic and/or career goals