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Talking Realities students graduate

Five young women from UnitingCare West’s Talking Realities program graduated on Wednesday 29 April at the Darius Wells Library and Resource Centre, Kwinana.

Talking Realities is a peer education program for young women which outlines the realities of teen parenthood.

The program has two parts; the first offers a Certificate III in Community Services for pregnant and parenting teen women. The second involves the development of employment opportunities for them on the successful completion of their training. This involves the young mums hosting presentations in secondary schools and TAFE’s about the realities of being a teen parent.

The young women were all presented with framed certificates and a ‘graduation bear’.

The students began the course in July 2014 and completed it after 20 weeks, despite it normally taking a full year. The young women worked hard to complete the course, some already having young children whilst others worked through the course while they were pregnant.

The graduation event included speeches from Sandra Lee, Councillor at the City of Kwinana, Michelle Forsyth, Team Leader Talking Realities, and student Katrina, who was quite emotional when thanking everyone who had helped the students throughout the course.

The young women also said goodbye to Eden, Youth Training Officer, as she is moving on from UCW after working alongside the students as a tutor and mentor.

Well done to all the students who completed the course!

For more information about UCW’s Talking Realities program, see here.