PITTSBURG - The Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas (CHC/SEK) has been awarded a grant from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Health to provide parent education and life-skills support to pregnant and parenting teenagers and young adults.

CHC/SEK will use the funding to focus on supporting young parents and their families in identifying career paths, goal setting and completing their education through the Lifting Young Families Toward Excellence (LYFTE) program.

“The LYFTE program provides the support needed for young families to be healthy and self-sufficient,” said Rachel Sisson, Director of the Bureau of Family Health at KDHE. “We’re excited to partner with CHC/SEK to help young families thrive.”

Goals of the LYFTE program include developing a support network for young parents and their families, integrating strategies that reinforce parenting skills and enhance family relationships, fostering the economic stability of young families through education completion and employment, and improving relationship-related skills among young parents.

“The LYFTE program will enhance the ways we currently support young families,” said Krista Smith, Director of Case Management for CHC/SEK. “Enabling us to better help them lead healthier, happier and more self-sufficient lives.”

For more information on CHC/SEK’s LYFTE program, contact Krista Smith at 620-240-5025.