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 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!
I met Randi Rubenstein, founder of Educational for Successful Parenting , shortly after she began this fantastic non-profit. After hearing about the group's goals & reading the curriculum she created all I could think was, "This should be in every middle and high school in our country." She combines an engaging life-skills approach with an education in child development. The result is teens who, for the first time, are realistically considering what life goals they may have and what actions on their part will and will not advance them toward those goals. ESP itself does not preach an agenda. It provides a place and a path for teens to ask themselves these questions, while education them to realities of adulthood and parenthood. ESP provides an invaluable service and I truly wish it was available to all teens in our country.
I have seen this program in action & it is fantastic. The workbook that Randi Rubenstein wrote for these classes and the discussions that follow should be a must-do for every high school student in the country- seriously. She works with adolescents & teens- before they're pregnant- to get them to visualize their future dreams, plans, wishes. Then she gets them to think about where & when having children would fit in with their dreams. The students are able to make a tangible connection between things they might like to do & the choices necessary now, today, tomorrow to be able to do those things. ESP is not "sex education". It is so much more than that. It actually enables students to imagine their future in a way that is not taught in any regular school classes.
Your ongoing support of ESP means the world to us as we try to reach out and help as many teens as possible. Thank you for sharing the dream, and for taking time to share your experiences with others!
I once heard a talk from a representative of the ESP organization and was so impressed with the concept and goals that I decided to make a contribution. I don't know of any other organization that is so targeted with the goal of seeing that the next generation learn the necessary skills to increase their chances of being successful parents. They are a wonderful group of volunteers truly seeking to create a better world by focusing their resources on one of the most critical age groups in our society -- young adults entering adulthood. Congratulations on a job well done!
ESP is so grateful for your support! Every donation is an investment in the lives of teens and future families. Thank you for the high praise.
I love supporting this organization, which helps teens think about what kind of family they would someday like to have and the best way to get there. ESP has a very effective way of getting teens to explore issues such as waiting until adulthood before parenting, staying in school, and preparing for a future career. They also effectively focus on how to prevent child neglect and abuse. As a donor, I particularly appreciate ESP's effort to leverage funds to serve as many teens as possible. Their useful updates keep me informed of the effect they are having on teens.
This program has been transforming students from children into young responsible adults that are going to be the future of this country. By learning how to be a successful parent they can make educated choices about entering into that covenant. This is a very empowering for young people who are in those transitional years of evaluating whether and when to pursue a higher education, trade school or to start a family. It teaches them there are options and how to look at the consequences of their choices before it's too late. I think "life skills" classes like this should be required in every High School in this country. Education for Successful Parenting exhibits the kind of education that is essential to the children of the future. I look forward to hearing about repeated success.
We are so grateful for your early and consistent financial support of our mission! Truly, our work would not have been possible without your investment in our teens. Thank you for continuing to help us do this important work. We look forward to a day when all teens get a chance to fulfill their potential, and all children will have capable and caring parents.