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SCAN of Northern Virginia, Inc.
April 29, 2011

For the past 8 years I have co-facilitated parenting classes with SCAN. When I began I had no particular vision for my future with the organization, I was just interested in contributing to their mission. I am now dedicated, long-term, to SCAN, its mission and its programs.

The opportunity to work with diverse populations has allowed me to see how universal it is for parents to want the best for their children and to do the best they can based on their knowledge and experience. SCAN's ABC's of Parenting classes significantly impact parents, children and families because of their strengths-based approach to addressing parenting challenges.

I learn more about myself, my family and the power of community every time I facilitate class. I get to see parents from our classes at community events, in restaurants, at local stores. It is usually a surprise to see them and the encounter usually begins or ends with a hug.

Through the years SCAN staff has changed and moved on. What remains consistent is their ability to identify just the right mission-driven people to continue SCAN's quality and impact in our region.

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

The personal results that I've experienced through my involvement with SCAN include increased confidence as a parent, strong loving relationships with my children, rewarding connections with other volunteers and parents, a sense that my efforts support others and continuous awareness of the need for programs that strengthen families and communities.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would continue (already vigorous) efforts to identify funding opportunities so that SCAN's program benefits could reach more widely through our region.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I have facilitated 8-week parenting classes for more than 300 parents.