Youth Development & Engagement

FLE offers Teen & Young Parents programs that create healthy youth with a strong self-image and knowledge about safe sex.  Our programs enable young people to practice productive behaviors and be engaged in their learning and in the community.   

Our programs provide support to help young single mothers build self-esteem; return to and remain in school until graduation; find employment; learn positive parenting and communication; access and learn about proper health care including nutrition; find affordable housing and childcare; address domestic violence and substance abuse; practice the skills necessary develop leadership and self-sufficiency skills.


In 2012, FLE was first invited to become the Connecticut Chapter of PeaceJam, the first in New England.  Founded in 1996, the PeaceJam Foundation is an international organization dedicated to creating young leaders committed to positive change in themselves, their communities and the world through the inspiration of Nobel Peace Laureates.  PeaceJam has engaged more than 600,000 young people worldwide, who have created almost one million service projects addressing problems in their schools and communities.  Working closely with the regional affiliate, the Connecticut Chapter is charged with developing PeaceJam youth clubs throughout Greater Hartford and providing support to these clubs.

Hartford Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative

Designed to reduce the rate of teen pregnancy in Hartford, HTPPI combines education with community mobilization to reach high-risk youth.  FLE is one of four community sites.  Our role is to implement two evidence-based curricula, one in Spanish and one in English, with 30 teens ages 13-19.  The project is part of a five-year grant made by the Centers for Disease Control to the City of Hartford’s Dept. of Health and Human Services. This year, we will move to ensure the project is embedded in the community for its long term sustainability.

Nuestro Futuro/Our Future: Young Pregnant & Parenting Girls Move Forward

A peer mentoring, education, and support program for youth mothers (ages 18-26), including those pregnant for the first time. Designed to encourage pregnant teens and young parents to finish high school, enter college/vocational training, explore career paths, and prepare for the workplace, while also ensuring a healthy pregnancy, well-child care, and appropriate child development. The emphasis is on the development of self-efficacy, so that young women can look into the future and envision themselves in different roles and career paths.

About Family LIfe Education

Since 1987, Family Life Education has helped hundreds of low-income families in Greater Hartford to transform their lives, and attain a greater level of self-efficacy.

Your financial, material and personal involvement are key in helping families to meet their basic needs, achieve healthier lifestyles and learn the critical thinking skills necessary to resolve challenges and build a stronger community.

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