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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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had ESP in my classroom and a part of our Relationships Unit for Healthful Living for the past 5 years. It is always enlightening to my students as they gain knowledge and practical understanding of good decision making. They absorb how costly it is to raise a child and they see the frustrating portion that can be a part of rearing a child. In light of this, they set up strategies to make good decisions so that they can meet their goals and have a family when they are ready for that chapter of their life. I appreciate all who support this program so that they can continue reaching our teens with such good guidance

3 Guadalupe V.

Advisor

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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rrubenstein 11/14/2012

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.