Parent and family engagement is an often overlooked but critical practice in the success of empowering youth-adult relationships. It is also one that can be especially challenging for youth-serving agencies with limited time and resources to implement. Research recognizes the importance of connections and alignment between a youth-serving agency and the multitude of caring adults in the lives of young people, especially family members. When programs engage family members as partners in supporting a young person, we see better outcomes. When caring adults and youth-serving programs can collaborate, learn, connect, and leverage the often untapped resource of the family of a young person, we have greater potential to help this young person thrive. This half-day training will explore strategies for family engagement and share the best practices for implementing them in your organization.
You’ll walk away with the ability to:
- Recognize the critical need of parent and family engagement
- Implement new tools to connect and engage family members as partners
- Develop strategies to position your agency as one that is welcoming and connected to families and communities
This training is best for:
- Staff from youth-serving organizations that seek new ways to connect with the families of the youth they serve
- Agency leadership interested in enhancing policies and procedures to increase family engagement