The Young Parents’ class is an educational program specifically designed to support young parents to re-engaging with education. The young parents have the unique opportunity to bring their children into their learning space and to cultivate new friendships with other students who have shared life journeys.
The Young Parents’ Unite (YPU) was a social initiative developed by the students at Hester Hornbrook Academy to disrupt and tackle the stigma attached with being a young parent. Their message and enterprise slogan is simple; “We got this”. The slogan represents their capacity to juggle the demands of parenthood, whilst engaging in fulltime study.
The social enterprise YPU develops handmade products that are then sold as their business to the wider community. The YPU product selection includes; handmade tote bags, wheat bags, t-shirts and candle ranges.
Most importantly, the YPU are keen on giving back to the community and have created a social impact arm to their social enterprise, which gives 50% of the profits made to the charities they support.
We wish to Acknowledge the Traditional Owners, Custodians and caretakers of the lands, skies and waters we are on today, The Boon Wurrung and Woiwurrung (Wurundjeri) peoples of the Kulin Nation. I wish to pay our respects to their creation spirit, Bunjil the Eagle, their country that has nurtured and cared for us, their resilience and self-determination, their elders and knowledge holders past, present and emerging.