Leadership Tech Valley Class Partners with Young Parents United, Inc. (YPU) for 2019 Project

The Capital Region Chamber’s Leadership Tech Valley (LTV) Class of 2019 will partner with Young Parents United, Inc. (YPU), a newly-founded, Schenectady-based nonprofit organization, to implement a Baby Safety Box initiative focused on reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). We recognized the vulnerability of the underserved teen parent population and collectively decided to make a difference in the lives of teen parents and their children through partnership with YPU.

Founded in July 2018 by Ginni Egan, YPU’s mission is “to invest in the future of families” throughout the Capital Region. The organization provides education, case management, and comprehensive support services to teenage mothers and fathers, and their children.

The Baby Safety Box initiative will equip teen parents with much-needed infant layette items for the baby’s first few months of life, such as clothing and diapers. These items will be presented with a bassinet. The Baby Safety Box initiative will contribute to the education, case management, and comprehensive support services YPU currently offers to teenage mothers and fathers, and their children. This initiative is modeled after a successful government program in Finland that has significantly reduced the infant mortality rate related to SIDS.

We need your support to impact the health and safety needs of children in the Capital Region by raising SIDS awareness and educating local adolescent parents. The LTV Class will work collaboratively with YPU on all aspects of the project, including raising the funds and supplies for approximately ten baby boxes through a community baby shower event, building them, and helping to deliver boxes to local teen parents in need.

Please consider making a financial contribution to the Capital Region Chamber Foundation to support the Leadership Tech Valley Class of 2019 project as we strive to make a difference in the lives of teen parents and their children.

Your online contribution can be made below. Please include your name and address to receive a donation acknowledgment letter.

Your generous support will be recognized on the LTV Facebook page and at the Class Graduation on Friday, June 7th.

Thank you for considering this opportunity to meet the needs of vulnerable adolescent parents, give back to the Capital Region community, and support the LTV Class of 2019.

If you are interested in hosting a supply drive or donating items, please email ltvclass2019@gmail.com.

Leadership Tech Valley is a program of the Capital Region Chamber Foundation, a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code

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