The Capital Region Chamber’s Leadership Tech Valley (LTV) Class of 2019 partnered 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 equipped teen parents with much-needed infant layette items for the baby’s first few months of life, such as clothing and diapers. The Baby Safety Box initiative contributed 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.
In total, the class raised $28,575 and purchased 10+ Baby Safety Boxes through their hosted fundraiser and project donations. Thank you to everyone who donated!
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