Regional Chair Alan Caslin Recognizes Young Parents at 2018 LEAP Graduation

Learning Earning and Parenting Program Celebrates Young Parents Successes 

Clients and staff of the Learning Earning and Parenting Program (LEAP) were joined today at the 2018 graduation event by Regional Chair Alan Caslin and Commissioner of Community Services Adrienne Jugley to congratulate 29 young parents on their successful completion of the LEAP program.

LEAP encourages young parents receiving social assistance to prioritize their education while developing parenting and employment skills for their future. By participating in the program, they are provided access to support systems which promote continued development from school into the workforce with the goal of becoming financially independent.

Participants of the LEAP program are provided support with child care, transportation, counselling, tutoring and more. The continued assistance of this program has helped a countless number of young people in the community, including a client this year that is the daughter of a past LEAP graduate.

LEAP Components

There are three components of the program:

·   Learning

Helps you return to school either in a traditional high school setting or in an alternative education program to complete your high school diploma

·   Earning

Provides you with access to all Ontario Works' employment supports to help you develop your employment skills and move from school to work

·   Parenting

Promotes the healthy development of your child by enhancing your parenting skills to provide the best start in life for your child


"Balancing the responsibilities of parenthood, employment and school would be difficult for anyone in our community; and doing it all when you’re young could be a challenging task. These young people have risen to the challenge and worked so hard to get where they are today while supporting their families. I am delighted to be able to celebrate their personal achievements at the 2018 graduation ceremony."
~ Alan Caslin, Regional Chair


Will Foran
Niagara Region
905-685-4225 ext. 3290

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