YW’s family engagement approach is based on building protective factors in families by helping them build skills and relationships. This will increase their resilience and social connections, provide support, offer education in parenting and child development, and increase social-emotional competence of children.
Increasing parental resilience will help parents better respond to transition, change, stress, challenge, and adversity. Monthly information sessions will cover positive parenting skills and other related topics of interest to families. We support families as they navigate resources, helping them manage stressful situations, or helping their children’s education and development. We help parents build the knowledge and skills needed to grow in leadership as they learn to advocate for their children and their education.
Family Cooking Matters
Another Healthy Pathways Project program, engages parents in a hands-on parent-child cooking and nutrition series focusing on healthy food choices and preparation. Parents and children together meet in YW’s Community Kitchen to prepare a healthy meal or meet at a grocery store. They will tour the store discovering the variety of foods available, reading and understanding food labeling, and choose ingredients for a healthy meal.
Keep Connected for Strengthening Family Relationships
Middle school years are a time of big change for all kids and their families. It’s easy for families to get disconnected as kids grow and other demands pull families apart. Therefore, many middle schools, out-of-school-time programs, family service organizations and faith communities and others struggle to engage parents and families meaningfully. Subsequently, we have put together an interactive workshop series called Keep Connected for middle school parents and youth to help them prepare for the changes they will be facing as they enter into the teen years.