2009-05-22 / Community

TASA's Book Drive To Help Adolescent Parents

By Miriam Rosenberg

With adolescent and teen pregnancy a continuing problem, a program in Far Rockaway is attempting to help these young people by assisting them in receiving various services. To that end, TASA (The Teenage Services Act Program) is running a book drive to collect new or gently used books for children and teenagers to improve their reading skills.

"We give the kids the books to advance their reading skills. Some can't afford the books," said Wylanda Forte, the program's supervisor.

TASA, which offers case management services to pregnant or parenting teens who receive public assistance and/or Medicaid, is looking for books from any genre - fun, educational, school - for children one to six years of age and for teens 13 to 20 years old.

"We service 13 to 20 years olds and provides educational, vocational, and job training," Forte added. "We help them get economic independence, their GEDs, scholarships, laptops, cribs, milk and car seats - baby stuff."

Books can be left at 220 Beach 87 Street on the first floor. The book drive will end on May 29.

Anyone who is interested in signing up for TASA can go to the Brooklyn office at 151 Lawrence Street on the fourth floor, or drop by the Rockaway Beach office at 220 Beach 87 Street on the first floor. Anyone registering for TASA, must sign up before their 21st birthday. For more information, or to contact TASA,call 718-318-6585 and Forte said someone will return your call.

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