Merlo Station High School Continuing Education for Young Parents Volunteer Program
Since its inception, the Continuing Education Program for Young Parents (CEYP) has utilized volunteers to provide daycare for the children of teen parents who attend the school. Today, there are more than 60 volunteers who staff the oldest and largest teen parent daycare in the state. Kate Richman has been the volunteer coordinator since 1981 (35 years!). Last year the oldest volunteer, "retired" at age 95.
There are 7-8 volunteers in the daycare at any one time. Over the course of a year, the volunteers work approximately 9,000 hours, which at just minimum wage, translates to a donation of $83,213. In addition, last year's volunteers donated four $1,000 college scholarships to CEYP teen parents.
This year, Merlo Station started an attendance incentive program where teen parents were given 3 diapers for everyday they attended school. That program started with a donation of 15 boxes of diapers from the daycare volunteers. Numerous other donations of clothes, supplies, gifts and money come from our volunteers every year.
The school could not provide care and comfort to the CEYP children and their parents without this incredible corps. of volunteers.