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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Education, Health, Secondary & High Schools, Youth Development Programs

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.

Community Stories

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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rrubenstein How lucky were we to have you in one of our classes! And now to have you as an intern is helping ESP accomplish so much more. Your volunteerism over the past 4 years has helped to protect and enhance the lives of so many children. Thank you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Education for Successful Parenting is an amazing nonprofit organization that works with young adults in local communities to help prepare them for making responsible life decisions that can positively impact them and their future families. I actually had the chance to learn from this program when I was a freshman in high school and I can say with great confidence that it has helped me make smart and mature decisions in various areas of my life. Currently, I am a sophomore at North Carolina State University and Education for Successful Parenting has given me the tremendous opportunity to gain vital experience working directly in the community while offering me insight to how crucial this curriculum is in the lives of high school teens. As a volunteer, I have witnessed how this program has had a great impact on diverse types of students in varying aspects. I have gotten the chance to see how that this program helps raise awareness to young adults about the multiplicity of factors that ideally influence them as they advance to the important stage in their lives in which they decide to start a family. This curriculum contains significant information on child development, healthy interpersonal relationships, and parenting skills; but also challenges the students to consider their life goals and to reflect on how these factors can impact these specific goals. As someone who had taken the course as a young student, I can now reflect on how this program has positively influenced me to make healthy life decisions that have helped me reach personal life goals as well as prepare me for the succeeding stages in my life. That being said, from the perspective of a student and a volunteer I can say without a doubt that Education for Successful Parenting is an excellent nonprofit organization that is working hard to serve the local community of young teens by strengthening their knowledge of how they can build better foundations for their themselves as well as their future families.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was delighted to have the opportunity to volunteer for a day with Education for Successful Parenting. It was wonderful to see how well the students responded to the information and how engaged they were in the conversations. This information is so important for young people to have as they begin to think about their futures. I wish this program was available in all Wake County high schools!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

ESP is a great organzation that has given me the opportunity to work within my community to spread awareness about child saftety throughout my high school career. It has also opened many doors and opportunities for myself and peers , who are now the founders of The Esp teen club.

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rrubenstein 10/14/2016

Having you in our class several years ago was wonderful. And then you took it to a whole new level by joining us in our work and helping to form the ESP Teens Club! We are so proud of your great accomplishments, and know this is just the beginning of your beautifully bright future.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with ESP has been such a joy! Not only is the founder, Randi Rubenstein, extremely passionate about what she does, but the entire program is completely amazing. I grew up in a low-income community my from the time I was enrolled in elementary school. I've also grown up in a family where having a child before the age of 20 is the norm. These experiences truly allow me to appreciate what this program does. I remember being in a Parenting and Child Development class during high school copying definitions from a textbook. In fact, one of my fellow classmates, a freshman, was actually pregnant. I feel as if we would have had ESP curriculum incorporated into in the class, it would have made much more of an impact. I have been able to observe what the classroom is like and it has motivated me to continue to spread the word about ESP. The teens are so engaged, attentive, and they genuinely seem interested. I believe that ESP would be beneficial for any high school curriculum, home school student, or even just a program that parents can implement in their child's life. It has been so rewarding to be a part of something that has such an impact on our community!

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rrubenstein 03/14/2015

Thank you for taking time to write about your impressions of our Healthy Foundations for Future Families high school program and our organization. We are so honored you chose ESP for your internship!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to intern with ESP and observe high school students participating in the program. ESP teaches teens goal-setting and how to stay on a clear path by making positive choices. Students are provided a workbook that helps them create a personal life plan. The program includes a budgeting component and provides examples of positive discipline strategies for parenting. Students are taught about child development and the responsibilities of protecting children. Through role play students are able to practice making positive choices. I am very impressed by ESP’s unique program and its varied methods. I was able to see first-hand the positive affect it has on teens.

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rrubenstein 11/25/2014

We are so grateful that you chose ESP for your internship! Your assistance and insights have helped strengthen our program and our organization. Thank you for sharing your observations.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a volunteer for ESP has helped out not only me but has had a tremendous impact in my community. The teachers are very caring to the children and treat them as their own. I am so grateful for even being associated with such an outstanding non-profit and I look forward to volunteering for ESP again.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Great curriculum for young teens! Randi and her program really touch on real life problems that are facing our youth and her program's angle is very engaging.

As a volunteer I was able to see how to touch some very "adult" topics that are essential to any teenager heading towards adulthood.

Overall, I would recommend this type of seminar for any high school and I believe this type of education is vital to teens out there who may not have access to it.

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rrubenstein 05/14/2014

Thank you for sharing your valuable insights, especially as one of our volunteers who has seen our program in action at a local high school!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is refreshing to work with someone who is so passionate about her work. By volunteering with ESP I feel that I am playing a small part in the success of our children. Their message is relevant and needed.

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rrubenstein 05/14/2014

We are so grateful for your assistance! With your help, we're able to review all the student feedback comments, and continually improve and grow our programs. You play a very vital role in our success. Thank you for also taking time to post your thoughts.