Keisha Castle-Hughes to Speak at Teen Parent Conference
Keisha Castle-Hughes to Speak at Thrive Teen Parent Conference 2014
Thrive Teen Parent Support Trust (Thrive) a non-profit organisation which supports young people to thrive and be confident as parents is hosting its inaugural Teen Parent Support Conference on 24-25 September in Auckland.
New Zealand actress Keisha Castle-Hughes, a teen parent herself will be one of keynote speakers at the conference talking about some of the challenges she has faced becoming a parent at the age of 16.
Thrive Teen Parent Support Trust’s Manager Cinnamon Whitlock says, “We are very grateful to Keisha for sharing her story of teen parenting. Many young mums and dads experience feelings of isolation and loneliness at having to grow up so quickly,” she says. “Highlighting the challenges teen parents face is helpful to build strong support for our teen whanau.”
Keisha comments, “I was very happy to be asked to share my story at the Thrive conference. I had to learn so many things about myself and my daughter, Felicity now aged 7, in such a short space of time. It was a challenging time.”
The conference has been designed in response to the need for the support that young parents require. It will provide a major gathering point for a wide range of people involved in working in the area of teen pregnancy and parenting.
Thrive offers a range of services for young mums and dads including antenatal classes, support groups for mums and dads, parenting programmes and social work assistance, in particular in bringing together a range of agencies to help teen parents with the challenges they face in dealing with access to housing, benefits and other social services.