Services for Educational Achievement

Terra has a unique partnership with Edmonton Public Schools that allows us to work collectively onsite at Braemar School to offer supports, services, and programs that contribute to the educational success of the young mothers enrolled there.

Terra’s Services for Educational Achievement (SEA) unit provides individual counselling, support group, parenting education, referral and advocacy to about 100-160 young moms each year.

Together, Terra and Braemar School staff ensure that everything is in place to help young moms complete their high school education.

Each young mother at Braemar School has a Services for Educational Achievement worker, who acts as their go-to person throughout the year. SEA workers offer support with:

  • Developing healthy relationships and boundaries
  • Accessing free baby essentials and clothing in the Clothes Closet
  • Referrals to additional community resources to lend further support
  • Accessing legal services, childcare, housing, funding

Along with providing personal support to young moms, SEA also offers a variety of programs at Braemar School.

Programs offered through SEA at Braemar School:
  • Strengthening Hope ProgramAssess financial need and distribute funding enabling students attending Braemar to complete their high school education.
  • Health for Two Program – A program for students who are about to become first time mothers. This program introduces participants to labour and delivery, and prepares them for what they can expect. Participants are provided information about birth control options for the future, fetal development, postpartum depression, newborn baby care, and can even take a tour at Royal Alexandra or Grey Nuns hospital. Milk coupons are provided.
  • Clothes Closet – Terra has a Clothes Closet located onsite at Braemar School.  The Clothes Closet at the school is open during lunch hours for young moms to access clothing, diapers, and other necessities for their child(ren).
  • Tax Clinic – This program ensures participants are able to access and complete their annual personal tax returns, allowing them to receive their Notice of Assessment from the Government of Canada. This is necessary for students to provide proof of their income that is required by other programs such as Alberta Childcare Subsidy; Terra Centre Housing Programs, and/or the Leisure Access Program through the City of Edmonton.
  • Family Literacy – A program specifically focused on supporting children’s language, literacy and social skills so they have the ability to achieve success in everyday literacy activities in years to come. The program inspires interest in family literacy activities and inspires confidence in the parent’s ability to support their own literacy development as well as their child(ren)- in the hopes it will inspire lifelong learning.

For more information about the programs Terra offers young mothers attending Braemar School, please contact the SEA office at 780-466-1156.

If you think that attending Braemar School could make a difference in your life, we encourage you to visit our Starting Point page. Getting started is much easier than you think, and our Starting Point Support worker will be there to answer questions and address concerns every step of the way!