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Education For Successful Parenting

Rating: 4.95 stars   83 reviews 3,782

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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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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Education for Successful Parenting instructed me in my freshman health class, that impacted the decisions I make for the rest of my life. That summer I began volunteering for ESP and teaching what I learned to the community. Now as a senior in high school, I am interning at ESP.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

ESP continues to provide teens with information and tools through their innovative and interactive classes. Proud to serve on the board, proud of the work we do! We have taught 238 classes and impacted over 7,800 teens, parents, and educators to date.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

ESP continues to touch both teens and parents providing invaluable information through interactive workshops on pre-parenting and healthy family foundations. Over 4,800 teens, parents and professionals have attended classes, and ESP continues to grow and expand its reach each year. This organization makes a difference!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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3 people found this review helpful

ESP is dedicated to providing pre-parenting education to all youth through classes and workshops. It's goal is to create great parents for the future and providing the tools to achieve this goal even if their own experience was not optimum. No one can change the past, but we can help to shape the future. Education for Successful Parenting does just that. Here are some comments from a recent class evaluation:

"I liked how it helped me think about the future through facts." - Female age 15
"That nobody should have a child if they can't take care of themselves first." - Female age 18

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Your financial support of ESP and dedication of many hours, above and beyond your role as board member, has helped ESP reach many more teens in our communities. Thank you for describing the ways in which ESP's mission have been meaningful to you.

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4 people found this review helpful

As a mother of a twelve-year-old boy, I know the joy that comes from being a parent. But in all the excitement of a new baby what doesn’t get discussed enough is the enormous responsibilities and the attendant stress and work that comes with raising that child. The sad reality is that the US has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the industrialized world, and The Center for Disease control reports that one-third of girls get pregnant before the age of 20. Education for Successful Parenting equips adolescent students with pre-parenting education. The classes provide teens with the proactive tools to create and design their Life-Plan. The personal workbook becomes their own guide to create and focuses on what they can do to prepare for their future, their life, and their families.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I’ve personally heard and seen the affect this class has on students. Their personal reviews speak volumes. “Not only did it change my views of parenting, but it also made me respect my mom more.” “I’m going to fill out the rest of my (work)book and..I want to show it to my future child.” Students gain insight into their own parents, and the negative and positive forces that shaped how they are being raised. The greatest gift this class gives is to empower teens to decide what they want for their future and not to just accept or let life happen to them.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the excited and motivated adolescents, parents, and volunteers that are involved with Education for Successful Parenting.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

incredibly intelligent and concerned about not only their future but the future of their children.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

bring classes and its message to a national audience. My hope would be that one day classes like this wouldn't have to be "taught." That parents would naturally instill this information in their children.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

 
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1 person found this review helpful

This is an excellent course for young students to participate in.

 
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Education For Successful Parenting is well run program that provides essential information for young people. It is interactive and organized. Students will use this information for a lifetime.

 
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This program was very informative for my students and gave them many tools as future parents. I enjoyed their activities and workbook that they provided. This is a wonderful program that I hope to use in my classroom instruction again next school year.

 
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Education for Successful Parenting (ESP) focuses on informing teens the responsibilities of being a parent, before they become a parent. Today's society is often back loaded in that information or action is presented after the fact. ESP's goal is to be proactive in informing teens the requirements of being a parent, to help protect our future generations.

 
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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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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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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

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.

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2 people 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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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!