Teen Parenting Program

Program Brochure

Hopeful Beginnings Teen Parenting Program provides students with facts, information, and resources concerning pregnancy, labor and delivery, and parenting. Pregnancy, almost always described as unplanned, for a teenager is a difficult and confusing time, and those at Hopeful Beginnings understand the seriousness and sensitivity that goes along with counseling and educating these new parents. Our vision is for these students to graduate high school, and continue to pursue their life goals, while using the skills and lessons learned through this program to be loving, caring parents.

Nicole Gonzalez, LPC, NCC, Teen Parenting Program Coordinator

Nicole has earned her both Bachelor’s in behavioral sciences and her Master’s in counseling through National Louis University. She has obtained her professional counseling license (LPC), a professional educator’s license (PEL) with endorsement in school counseling and national counseling certification (NCC). Having a passion for working with teens, she interned as a high school counselor at Foreman High School in Chicago, where she partnered in working with the prenatal and parenting students, during grad school. Through this experience, she had the opportunity to work with these young families in various capacities. After completing her internship and earning her Master’s, she was hired as Parent Educator/Home Visitor with SGA Youth and Family Services. While employed with SGA, Nicole moved into a case management role leading to the advancement as lead case manager. In these various roles, she helped with her young families reach their academic goals and graduation, prenatal and child development, parenting skills, social emotional skills,  connecting to the community and utilizing resources, and supervising the case management team. Nicole hopes to continue to be a positive support to our youth empowering them to achieve their goals and be the best version of themselves they can be!


If you are a staff member, or an administrator of a high school district in Illinois and would like to know more about the Hopeful Beginnings Teen Parenting Program and how to get it in your district, please contact Joanne Bratta, Executive Director, at (847) 870-8181 or jbratta@stmaryservices.com.

“We are forever grateful to St. Mary’s for being there for us every step of the way through our journey to our amazing family!”

– Lisa & Lou, St. Mary’s Adoptive Family

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