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.
ESP improves the health and wellbeing of the next generation of families by empowering adolescents, who have yet to conceive children, with parenting information and skills.
More than 6 thousand teens are now making healthier choices, setting higher goals, and developing the ability to care for our next generation of children as a result of ESP’s program. We are looking forward to the day when every child can have a healthy beginning in life, free from abuse and trauma, and cared for by prepared parents.
ESP truly is preparing today’s teens as tomorrow’s parents.
I recently joined the board of this nonprofit because I love their unique approach to educating teens, young adults and even parents. They offer an interactive program that allows one to reflect upon life priorities before starting family and to think about what their future family could look like. Activities include how to care for a child, including finances, health, life management, and other ways to handle real life obstacles.
We are so grateful that you are volunteering your valuable time and skills to our mission. Best of all, many teens will have better lives because of your contributions to our work.
With over 7,500 people (including 6,700 teens) directly impacted through instructions and teaching engagements, ESP continues to encourage and spread our message that everyone should be empowered to reach their goals and create their Healthy Foundations for Future Families. With our recent Capital Campaign, we are poised to expand our reach in the community. I am proud and privileged to be part of this important organization as a board member.
ESP continues to provide teens with information and tools through their innovative and interactive classes. Proud to serve on the board, proud of the work we do! We have taught 238 classes and impacted over 7,800 teens, parents, and educators to date.
ESP is positively impacting the lives of hundreds of teens every year on their journey to be prepared to make life decisions on parenting, spouse selection and "adulting". ESP is preventing child abuse in a whole new way — by educating today’s teens for their future role as parents — before they conceive the next generation of children. The impact is noticeable as teens convey what they learned through in-person instruction and use of the workbook. The program is beneficial for boys and girls as they begin their journey to be prepared for parenting and life.
Your volunteer time as a board member says volumes about the priority of ESP's mission for you! We are so grateful for the generous contribution of your support, enabling us to create healthier beginnings for teens and future families.
The impact of this education is immediately noticeable, as I watched teens both boys and girls go from aloof bystanders to active participants. The modules build on each other and as an observer it is clear to see how the connections are made in the teens minds as they get more actively engaged and seek participation by the end of the course. One can feel the lasting impressions made on the group by reading the comments on the workbook and the lasting relationships built with students.
ESP is such an amazing program that provides teens and their parents and guardians about their healthy future family. I’ve had the privilege of participating in ESP for 5 years, first as a volunteer, then an instructor and now a Board Member. As a social worker, I also see how many of our teens and their families struggles when they lack the pre-parenting strategies to foster a healthy and safe future for the next generation. The curriculum is structured in a way that creates a safe and comfortable environment for participants to learn such powerful life skills. It’s amazing to see how both teen and adults are engaged in creating their future goals while completing their “Life Plan” workbooks. I continue to support ESP because I truly believe in its mission to improve the well-being of all children in our communities.
I am sItting in a classroom filled with teens and watching them talk honestly about their parents, their experiences, and their lives. Amid the stories of want, neglect, and sometimes violence, I begin to see a nod of understanding, a hand raised to ask a question, and a general shift in the tone and tenor of the whole group. I start to hear talk about planning, responsibility, parenting skills, and finances. I hear voices that speak about hope and achievable dreams not only for themselves but for their future families. This is what EDUCATION FOR SUCCESSFUL PARENTING provides, the tools and skills to make that dream a possibility. Serving on the board of ESP has given me these moments that say "YES, I can make a difference!" ESP has taught over 200 of these classes on both the East and West coasts and impacted over 6,500 teens, parents, educators, and professionals. This is what ESP can do. Learn more about us on www.eduparents.org.
Education for Successful Parenting provides parenting knowledge and skills to the next generation of this country. The devoted group of instructors is led by a passionate and knowledgeable Executive Director and supported by a diverse, coast-to-coast, engaged Board of Directors.
Delivery of the program is primarily done through local high schools. As the organization continues to grow, more and more youths will be touched with this invaluable information.
For testimonials and other information, please visit The Education for Successful Parenting website here: http://www.eduparents.org/
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!