About the HYPE project
Healthy Young Parents in Education (HYPE) started life as Healthy Start Pathways in 2003, an initiative of SHine SA in partnership with the Department of Education and Children's Services. SHine SA, a metropolitan-based organisation with a statewide mandate, implemented and coordinated the project, supported by a steering group from a wide range of government, educational and non-government agencies.
This innovative 15-month project aimed to improve the educational, social and physical health and wellbeing outcomes for teenage mothers and their infants through increasing school retention and social inclusion.
The project had six distinctive arms:
- identifying inter-agency pathways
- documenting curriculum pathway options
- developing a resource for pregnant teenagers
- developing a resource for agencies
- developing a whole of school package
Some of the project's achievements included:
- a literature review - Research on teenage pregnancy and education
- research with schools, employees and pregnant and parenting students - Research on teenage pregnancy and education
- the HYPE journal - a resource for pregnant and parenting young women - The HYPE journal
- a framework for developing a policy for the retention of pregnant and parenting students - Information for schools
- a web-based resource for agencies - Information for workers
- a Model of Collaboration - Information for schools
- a Whole School Approach package - Information for schools
- HYPE: Final Report (pdf)
All resources were developed with consultation with pregnant and parenting teenagers and relevant workers.