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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

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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

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Board Member

Rating: 5

ESP is a one of a kind non-profit that has helped thousands of children. Observing a class, one can see the immediate impact it has on the children – students walk into a class with one set of expectations regarding parenting responsibility and leave with a new set of expectations that will allow them to make better life choices, including waiting until adulthood before having children.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

During the past nine month, Education for Successful Parenting has taken a look inside the organization to see how to continually fund the organization to promote the ever-important messages the organization provides to our youth. The future generation will do much to shape the land we all share, and the importance of ESP's message grows stronger with each passing day.

To see how the teens react to the curriculum is the inspiration behind ESP's growth plan. What started as a successful capital campaign has moved into further refined operational strategies.

2017 stands to be a great chapter in the ESP textbook, and we are lucky to be involved with such a strong organization.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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/

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Board Member

Rating: 5

For 7 years I have supported Education for Successful Parenting (ESP) and have seen first hand the amazing impact this organization makes in our future generation of parents. The curriculum engages teens in an open and honest dialogue about their future dreams of a family and their life plans. Also as an instructor for ESP, I have seen firsthand how the curriculum opens healthy communication between teens and their parents. Randi Rubenstein's passion and hard work drives ESP to grow every year and to reach more and more communities. Thank you ESP for the positive impact you are making!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Education for Successful Parenting fills a much needed gap in teen education. By delivering relevant information about the reality of having a family including presenting them with real life scenarios of having a baby and small children it gets teens to think about when will be the right time in their life to take on this huge responsibility. In addition topics such as budgeting for a family based on jobs teens could possibly get is so useful in helping teens understand not only the responsibility of care but the huge fiscal responsibility children represent as well. Randi has created a wonderful curriculum which teens can relate to and find interesting. I highly recommend and support the good work of Education for Successful Parenting!

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Donor

Rating: 5

ESP is empowering young people with the important skills needed to make good choices as they grow in to adulthood. By helping them better understand the long term impact of their decisions ESP provides youth with resources and concrete examples of what they need to do to achieve their life goals . Questions presented include topics like: When in life do I want to start a family and what will it take for me to do that financially? ESP has created student workbooks and teacher handbooks to facilitate engaging discussions and students enjoy the opportunity to discuss and collaborate these topics which are both very grown up but extremely relevant to their stage in life. ESP is focused on delivering high quality coursework and the facilitators are well organized. I feel the organization provides a much needed and very valuable service!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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rrubenstein 10/14/2016

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.


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rrubenstein 10/21/2016

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

ESP touches both teens and parents providing invaluable information through interactive workshops on pre-parenting and healthy family foundations. Watching ESP's classes, one can see the great impact it can have on teens.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.