EDUCATION FOR SUCCESSFUL PARENTING

Rating: 4.94 stars   69 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Mental Health, Health

Location: 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 taken ESP’s courses, 90% report being more willing to wait until adulthood before parenting, and 90% 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 helps teens learn how their choices today can affect the well-being of their future family.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Being a new board member, I had the honor of attending a recent session at a local high school. Seeing the program taught reaffirmed my work-to-date with Education for Successful Parenting as being relevant, comprehensive, and influential to general children's well being by focusing on early education for teens. Being a parent myself, I am still amazed the 2-day program is not included in the standard high school curriculum. The interaction between Randi and the teens was genuine, and the ability for the other instructors to seamlessly integrate and present was really powerful to the children I got to observe. Having them immediately drop reservations about the program and open up and interact was also refreshing.

I am proud to commit my time to such a devoted organization, and believe the teens that will be the foundation of our future absorb as much knowledge and information in these two days than any other two-day program in their schooling.

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1 person 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

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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2 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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3 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

Having sat in on a couple of training sessions put on by Education for Successful Parenting (ESP) and then hearing the positive reactions from so many of the participants, I can tell you the program really resonates with teens. I think it’s because they get the opportunity to really explore their motives and expectations for parenting, and are taught about the realities of parenting and how to address common challenges. They also, among other things, learn about the very real needs of children and map out for themselves a Life Plan for Parenting. The program is excellent!

All kids deserve to be raised by loving caring parents who know how to provide for and keep their children safe. So I am happy ESP proactively prepares today's teens for their future roles as moms and dads. It's a much needed program and I look forward to my child going through it when she becomes a teen.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of any to suggest...yet, I would make this ESP curriculum a requirement in high school health education classes!

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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We are so glad you have been able to meet the teens participating in ESP's workshops! Thank you for taking time to describe he positive impact we are having among teens in schools and youth programs. We are proud to have earned your enthusiastic support as a dedicated volunteer and a revered board member.

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I am honored and privileged to be a part of the mission of Education for Successful Parenting. At a time when young people are bombarded with images and themes that glamorize sex alongside other plot lines that make parenting look easy, fun, and exciting, the mission of ESP is to bring a dose of reality to those teens and give them straight information on what it takes to actually parent. The program covers a wide array of topics, from realizing and budgeting for the cost of a child to understanding the stress that comes with parenting. The program begins with helping the students visualize and set their goals for their future families, recognizing that no one sets goals to raise children in poverty. It then shows them step by step how the choices and decisions that they make now and in the near future will impact those goals that they have set. Equipping young people with information and education on what it actually takes to achieve their goals for establishing a family is what ESP is all about. It has helped to change so many lives, and will continue to have a positive effect in the mission to break the cycle of young parents raising the next generation in less than desirable circumstances.

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?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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We love how our ESP programs can help teens fulfill their potential by creating realistic plans for career and family. Our hope is that this will help us create a more productive workforce and economically stable society. If we can reach enough teens, we could see results in a year’s time as we start to decrease the number of children born into fragile families, and increase the number of young adults with life-skills for self-sufficiency. With the support of wonderful community leaders like you, we hope to rapidly expand and be able to reap an amazing return on our investment. Thank you for helping us build a stronger organization and reaching more people!

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I am an educator who has twenty-five years of teaching experience. I came to know Randi, the executive director of ESP, fifteen years ago while we were tutoring children in an impoverished neighborhood. I became a board member of ESP because I share Randi's beliefs that this program is vital so children will be able to get their needs properly met at the onset of their lives. We all know the prevention of future problems begins with educating potential parents now.

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

Randi has shared with me the evaluations of the classes she has taught. The evaluations were quite positive! The teens learned about setting future goals for themselves and when and if they decide to become a parent their child's needs will be extensive.

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

I have enjoyed watching the organization grow from the beginning stages to the present.

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

educate thousands of potential parents. Hopefully, this education will prevent future child abuse.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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