Young dads enrolled in a program at the Baylor Teen Health Clinic will have the opportunity to bolster their financial knowledge and security through a new partnership between the clinic, the state Office of the Attorney General and the nonprofit Covenant Community Capital Corp.

The Baylor Teen Health Clinic received a $100,000 grant from the attorney general’s office for the initiative called Urban Fathers Asset Building.

“Programs geared toward improving the health and well being of young fathers are an important part of the services we offer at the Baylor Teen Health Clinic,” said Dr. Peggy Smith, director of the clinic and professor of obstetrics and gynecology at BCM. “This new initiative is another way for us to impact the lives of young males, which in turn positively effects their partners and children.”

Fatherhood, financial services

The program provides young men with fatherhood and financial skill-building services, expanding on the clinic’s existing Project Bootstraps. Males enrolled in the Bootstraps program will now be offered a “Fathers and Finances” workshop, where they will learn about the financial responsibilities of fatherhood, the Texas child support system, and the availability of money management services at Covenant Community Capital Corp.

In addition to the workshop, Covenant will give 200 qualifying fathers the opportunity to enter its Smart Savers Program to get hands-on experience in money management and budgeting. Covenant will match participants own savings to achieve one of three goals – home ownership small business development or post-secondary education and training.

Employment, education

Bootstraps is for young men between the ages of 17 and 25 and provides health care services along with assistance in obtaining a GED, pursuing higher education and obtaining job certification, training and employment.

The Baylor Teen Health Clinic offers primary and reproductive care to males and females ages 13 to 23 at seven locations in the Houston area.