We Are Here For You
To reach out to as many pregnant teenagers needing support as possible, Babes has organised its work into these components:
To journey with the pregnant teen with a view to facilitating support from her family, friends and the wider community. The goal is for the pregnant teen to regain a sense of normalcy and to be well supported in the community.
To invite the community to take an active interest in the mission of the organization and to offer their support. Community support is essential for nurturing an inclusive environment that will help our service-users to regain a sense of normalcy. Support could be in the form of volunteers sharing their time with the pregnant teenagers or individuals and corporations wanting to support the organization financially and/or in-kind.
Post-Natal Confinement Nanny Assistance – Babes has teamed up with WINGS (Women’s initiative for Aging Successfully), and we link the girls we journey with to volunteer confinement nannies trained by WINGS. These volunteer confinement nannies will visit the new mothers three times or more and will teach the girls how to care for the baby and themselves post-delivery.
Befriender Service – Babes has a befriender service for the girls we work with. These befrienders are volunteers who provide one-on-one support and friendship to the pregnant teenagers.
Employment Assistance – Babes is looking into getting pregnant teenagers job-ready and will partner with corporates or individual volunteers who are keen on preparing them for the job market. Babes is liaising with various workshop, social enterprises and employment schemes that can assist these girls in finding suitable employment for those who are ready. Currently, Babes collaborates closely with partners such as HR Millennium Consultancy Pte Ltd, Mendaki Sense and MINDS.
One of the biggest challenges for new teen mums is their inability to go to school or work regularly as they need to personally care for their newborn babies. This makes it hard for them to afford basic necessities like formula milk and diapers. Happy Stork is a program to aid needy teen mums with baby necessities. Each month, milk and diapers would be delivered to their home to help alleviate some of the financial burden in raising a baby.
To empower the teenage girls we support, Babes conduct skills workshops every quarter of the year with the goal of imparting skill sets that they can potentially utilise. With the help of passionate volunteer and partner instructors, we have previously tailored and conducted various interesting and interactive workshops such as Cupcake fondant decorating, Financial Literacy, Social Media entrepreneurship and healthy snack making.
Babes Empowerment Camp
Community and family support is crucial for the vulnerable group of girls we assist especially if they choose parenthood. Thus, as part of our casework, Babes organised a 3 day 2 night camp for our service-users with programs and activities that focus on finding self-worth, self-esteem and confidence.
To encourage youth to reflect on the issue of teen pregnancy. We also hope that the youths we engage with will encourage their peers who have difficulty coping with a pregnancy crisis.
- Forum theatre/Babes Productions
- Open Mic Night
- Roadshows and Booth
- Online Social Media