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Education For Successful Parenting

Rating: 4.95 stars   77 reviews 3,417

Nonprofit Issues:

Children & Youth, Education, Health

Address:

9016 Tenderfoot Trail Raleigh NC 27615 USA

Mission:

ESP is improving the health and well-being of children in our communities by educating adolescents about parenting before they conceive the next generation of children. Our goal is to empower young adults with the information and life-planning skills they need to form a healthy family. ESP is working to reduce rates of teen pregnancy, absent fathers, and child abuse.

Results:

Among teens who have attended ESP programs, over 90% report being more willing to wait until adulthood before parenting, and they report feeling more prepared to provide for, protect, and nurture a child.

Target demographics:

improve children's well-being

Direct beneficiaries per year:

over 1,000 teens.

Geographic areas served:

pre-parenting education

Programs:

"Healthy Foundations for Future Families" which educates teens about the effect of their choices today on the well-being of their future family.

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www.eduparents.org

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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

1 person found this review helpful

The Education for Successful Parenting course that my students went through was a great experience. The information that is passed along through the course and teachings suits my students of every level functionally, educationally, and socially. The course plants the seeds for the students to start to understand the importance of parenting as they mature and grow. I look forward to having the instructors in class again next year.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My name is Guadalupe Valdivia Perez and I strongly supported ESP from the beginning because of my own personal experience with the foster care system, and my passionate hope that all children can enjoy safe and loving homes.

As a volunteer and former board member of ESP, I have seen the long-term benefits that impact the lives of youth. Not only does ESP empower youth to advocate and take control of their futures, but also prepares youth with the skills to help them make good decisions in becoming parents.

As a researcher who has evaluated many nonprofits that work with at-risk youth, ESP is one of the few organizations that is well-designed and organized. The curriculum is developmentally appropriate for youth, the language is modified for youth to have a better understanding of the material, and the workbook engages youth in critically thinking about how they can apply what they have learned from ESP.

ESP’s programs treat young adults as “active agents” who have a powerful role in changing their own environment and other people’s lives. Giving youth this power not only has long-term benefits for their wellbeing and development, but it also impacts the community they live in. My greatest reward from directly working with ESP is hearing participating youth say, “I have the power to change my family’s cycle of abuse” and “I want to be prepared before I bring a child into the world.”

ESP is the foundation for better preparing youth who have not been exposed to a healthy family model or have not thought about their future parent role. I personally feel when we invest time and money in our future generation we create healthier people who are capable of raising children well.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I strongly supported ESP from the beginning because of my own personal experience with the foster care system, and my passionate hope that all children can enjoy safe and loving homes.
As a volunteer and former board member of ESP, I have seen the long-term benefits that impact the lives of youth. Not only ESP empowers youth on advocating and taking control of their future, but also prepares youth with the skills to help them make good decisions in become good parents.
As a researcher who has evaluated many non-profits that work with at-risk youth, ESP is one of the few organizations that is well-designed and organized. The curriculum is developmentally appropriate for youth, the language is modified for youth to have a better understanding of the material, and the handbook is a form to engage youth in critically thinking on how they can apply what they have learned from ESP.
ESP is a program that treats youth as an “active agent,” who has a powerful role in changing their own environment and other people’s life. Giving youth the power to take control of their lives, not only has long-term benefits in their well-being and development, but it also impacts youth’s identity and the community they live in.
My greatest reward from directly working with ESP participating youth is hearing them say, “I have the power to change my family cycle of abuse” or “I want to be prepared before I bring a child to the world.”
ESP is the foundation to better prepare youth who have not been exposed to a healthy family model or have not thought about their future parent role. I personally feel that when we invest time and money on our future generation, we create healthier people who are capable of raising children.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Thank you for taking time to share your thoughts about ESP's curriculum design, organizational structure and effectiveness. As we were growing ESP, your insights into fragile families and youth perspectives informed our development. We are so fortunate to have had your participation and support. You inspire us to work harder every day on behalf of children and families.

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

ESP is empowering young people with the important skills needed to make good choices as they grow in to adulthood. By helping them better understand the long term impact of their decisions ESP provides youth with resources and concrete examples of what they need to do to achieve their life goals . Questions presented include topics like: When in life do I want to start a family and what will it take for me to do that financially? ESP has created student workbooks and teacher handbooks to facilitate engaging discussions and students enjoy the opportunity to discuss and collaborate these topics which are both very grown up but extremely relevant to their stage in life. ESP is focused on delivering high quality coursework and the facilitators are well organized. I feel the organization provides a much needed and very valuable service!

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I met Randi Rubenstein, founder of Educational for Successful Parenting , shortly after she began this fantastic non-profit. After hearing about the group's goals & reading the curriculum she created all I could think was, "This should be in every middle and high school in our country." She combines an engaging life-skills approach with an education in child development. The result is teens who, for the first time, are realistically considering what life goals they may have and what actions on their part will and will not advance them toward those goals. ESP itself does not preach an agenda. It provides a place and a path for teens to ask themselves these questions, while education them to realities of adulthood and parenthood. ESP provides an invaluable service and I truly wish it was available to all teens in our country.

 
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I have seen this program in action & it is fantastic. The workbook that Randi Rubenstein wrote for these classes and the discussions that follow should be a must-do for every high school student in the country- seriously. She works with adolescents & teens- before they're pregnant- to get them to visualize their future dreams, plans, wishes. Then she gets them to think about where & when having children would fit in with their dreams. The students are able to make a tangible connection between things they might like to do & the choices necessary now, today, tomorrow to be able to do those things. ESP is not "sex education". It is so much more than that. It actually enables students to imagine their future in a way that is not taught in any regular school classes.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

 
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Your ongoing support of ESP means the world to us as we try to reach out and help as many teens as possible. Thank you for sharing the dream, and for taking time to share your experiences with others!

Rating: 5 stars  

ESP is such an amazing program that provides teens and their parents and guardians about their healthy future family. I’ve had the privilege of participating in ESP for 5 years, first as a volunteer, then an instructor and now a Board Member. As a social worker, I also see how many of our teens and their families struggles when they lack the pre-parenting strategies to foster a healthy and safe future for the next generation. The curriculum is structured in a way that creates a safe and comfortable environment for participants to learn such powerful life skills. It’s amazing to see how both teen and adults are engaged in creating their future goals while completing their “Life Plan” workbooks. I continue to support ESP because I truly believe in its mission to improve the well-being of all children in our communities.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

ESP touches both teens and parents providing invaluable information through interactive workshops on pre-parenting and healthy family foundations. Watching ESP's classes, one can see the great impact it can have on teens.

 
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The impact of this education is immediately noticeable, as I watched teens both boys and girls go from aloof bystanders to active participants. The modules build on each other and as an observer it is clear to see how the connections are made in the teens minds as they get more actively engaged and seek participation by the end of the course. One can feel the lasting impressions made on the group by reading the comments on the workbook and the lasting relationships built with students.

 
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I am sItting in a classroom filled with teens and watching them talk honestly about their parents, their experiences, and their lives. Amid the stories of want, neglect, and sometimes violence, I begin to see a nod of understanding, a hand raised to ask a question, and a general shift in the tone and tenor of the whole group. I start to hear talk about planning, responsibility, parenting skills, and finances. I hear voices that speak about hope and achievable dreams not only for themselves but for their future families. This is what EDUCATION FOR SUCCESSFUL PARENTING provides, the tools and skills to make that dream a possibility. Serving on the board of ESP has given me these moments that say "YES, I can make a difference!" ESP has taught over 200 of these classes on both the East and West coasts and impacted over 6,500 teens, parents, educators, and professionals. This is what ESP can do. Learn more about us on www.eduparents.org.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Education for Successful Parenting provides parenting knowledge and skills to the next generation of this country. The devoted group of instructors is led by a passionate and knowledgeable Executive Director and supported by a diverse, coast-to-coast, engaged Board of Directors.

Delivery of the program is primarily done through local high schools. As the organization continues to grow, more and more youths will be touched with this invaluable information.

For testimonials and other information, please visit The Education for Successful Parenting website here: http://www.eduparents.org/

 
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It was a great experience having Education for Successful Parenting speakers in my health classroom this year. The activities really engaged my students and the lessons in the workbook were truly meaningful to them. Many of my students even wrote about how much they enjoyed ESP in their final exam essays. I look forward to including ESP as a part of my curriculum for many years to come!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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