Kates Foundation grant to Forty Carrots to benefit teen parents

$10,000 award to support programs at Riverview and North Port high schools

Image from the Forty Carrots website
Image from the Forty Carrots website

The Kates Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant to Forty Carrots Family Center in support of the nonprofit’s programs providing parenting education and mental health services to teen parents and their children at Riverview High School in Sarasota and North Port High School, Forty Carrots has announced.

“Forty Carrots’ program fosters healthy relationships between young parents enrolled in the Sarasota County Schools’ CYESIS Teen Parent Program and their children, strengthening the parent-child bond and reducing the likelihood of poor outcomes while building confidence and skills to create a better future for the whole family,” a news release says.

“Teen parents want to do the best possible job raising their children, just like all of us,” says Michelle Kapreilian, Forty Carrots’ executive director, in the release. “At Forty Carrots, we believe that all families deserve, and can benefit from, information and support. Teen parents face additional pressures that make these services absolutely critical, and with the help of the Kates Foundation, we can be there for these often vulnerable families.”

Forty Carrots delivers services to teen parents at their high school as part of their weekly class schedule, the release notes. The initiative is made possible through a partnership with Sarasota County Schools that dates to 1996, the release adds. The agency receives no funding from the school district, the release points out. Instead, it raises the money in the form of grants, contributions from individuals and proceeds from special events. More information is available at www.fortycarrots.org or by calling 365-7716.