My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for EDUCATION FOR SUCCESSFUL PARENTING, Raleigh, NC, USA
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.
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