Generations Ahead offers free services to pregnant and parenting teens and young adults, up to age 21, who live in Grand Traverse County or who attend school or job training in Grand Traverse County.
Alison, our Social Worker, offers counseling services, based on your interests and needs. Whether by yourself, or with your family, or in a group of other moms, she can help you resolve a crisis, set your own goals, or talk through a personal problem.
Where are counseling services provided? Your first meeting is usually done at the Generations Ahead office at Traverse City High School. After that, Alison can meet you at your home, the program office, or even at the park.
Every Wednesday during the school year playgroups meet from 3:00-4:30.
Sometimes playgroups take place at our office at TC High School, and sometimes we meet in the community
at different locations including local parks, swimming pools, the library, music classes, the Children’s Museum, etc. All activities are free for participants. This is a great time to have fun with your child. Check the website and FB page to find out where we will be meeting. Other family members are invited to participate too, if you want!
If you want, you’ll be matched with an adult who can offer friendship, guidance and time together as you prepare for your future. Your mentor can help you focus on your educational and employment goals, your child’s development and your parenting skills, and she can help you connect with different community services.
Who are our mentors ?
They're caring adults that believe in you and want to help you however you might need it. They are all trained and carefully screened, so we know they're safe for you and your child.
Parent education classes are offered to any participant enrolled in the Generations Ahead program. Topics address issues such as:
There is no cost to the classes. Some classes will meet just one time, while others may take place over several weeks. Most classes meet at the Generations Ahead office.
A Baby Pantry is available at the Generations Ahead office at Traverse City High School. The new and gently used items vary with what has been donated, but always include baby and toddler clothing, maternity clothes, diapers, linens (blankets, crib sheets, towels etc.) On occasion, there are also larger donated items including bassinets, high chairs, and strollers. Car seats are not available.
All items are free to clients.
If someone in the community has items to donate, please contact the office at