Celebrating teen parent success! That’s what Mary Dolan and Kathy Payne are doing, following the release of the Growing Together Child and Parent Society Longitudinal Follow-Up Study documenting the effects of the Cowichan Valley’s young parent program on local teen families.

That study, which examined the life trajectories of young parents who had completed their high school education with support from the Growing Together Young Parent Program, demonstrated such positive results, that we sent Program Coordinator David Sheftel to Duncan to find out more.

Mary Dolan

Mary Dolan

Now, you can listen in on David’s interview with former Growing Together director and study author Mary Dolan, and Kathy Payne, the program’s manager. Narrated by Jennifer Dales of the BC Alliance for Young Parents, the wide-ranging interview examines emerging best practices for young parent programs, and discusses the challenges of serving vulnerable families.


To learn more about the Longitudinal Follow-Up, check out our previous blog post on the study.

Check out all of our monthly podcast interviews with experts, academics and innovative service providers online at Voices of Family.


To listen to an audio version of this interview, click here.



Article courtesy BC Council for the Family