ERIC Number: ED415333
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Parent Volunteer Program. School of the Future: San Antonio.
The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health created the School of the Future (SoF) project to enable selected Texas schools to coordinate and implement school-based social and health services on their campuses and to demonstrate the effectiveness of this method of service delivery by evaluating the project. This booklet focuses on the Parent Volunteer program implemented in the SoF site in San Antonio. The program provides an example of how one community is making a difference for its children and families. Parents were invited to help in the schools, and the Parent Volunteer program soon developed components of volunteer work in the schools, parent education, and fun. Training, which was essential to the program's success, began with the recognition that many of the parents lacked self-esteem. As a result, confidence building was an important element in parent training. The program has flourished. In the first year, volunteers gave 800 hours of service. By the fourth year, volunteer service was beginning to level off at almost 8,000 hours of service a year. Teachers and parents agree that the children like having their parents in school. It has not yet been established that there is a positive effect on academic achievement, but it does seem that children whose parents volunteer do take more advantage of the school's services. Parent volunteers are learning and demonstrating that they can work within the school for positive change. (SLD)
Descriptors: Ancillary School Services, Community Involvement, Delivery Systems, Elementary Education, Elementary Schools, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, Parent Participation, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Self Esteem, Urban Schools, Volunteer Training, Volunteers
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, c/o Publications Office, The University of Texas, P.O. Box 7998, Austin, TX 78713-7998; phone: 512-471-5041; fax: 512-471-9608.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Hogg Foundation for Mental Health.
Identifiers - Location: Texas (San Antonio)