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ERIC Number: ED537763
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Engaging Parents in a Community Youth Development Initiative. REACH Issue Brief Series. Number Four
Carrasco, Lisceth Cruz; Campbell, David
Sierra Health Foundation
Engaging parents and family members in their children's lives is critical to youth's success in school and life (Terzian & Mbwana, 2009; Mbwana et al. 2009). When families are involved, youth receive higher grades, attend school more frequently, perform better in standardized testing, show improved behavior and are more likely to graduate (Marks 2000; Steinberg et al. 1992; Delgado-Bernal 2001; Mitra 2006). Despite this evidence, many schools and other youth-serving organizations struggle to develop meaningful and effective parental engagement strategies. Busy parents often have little time to commit to these efforts. Institutional budgets and grants often treat parent engagement as an afterthought, at best. Where cultural or linguistic barriers exist, the difficulties can be compounded, unless a deliberate strategy is undertaken. Against this backdrop, this issue brief examines the REACH youth development program during which parent engagement was given special emphasis. This analysis discusses the: 1) evolution of parent engagement approaches during the initiative; 2) types of parent engagement strategies employed by community coalitions, and the strengths and limitations of each approach; 3) benefits that parents, youth and coalition leaders attribute to these strategies; 4) challenges encountered; and 5) lessons learned, which may be applicable in other settings. (Contains 1 footnote.) [This paper was written with support from Nancy Erbstein, James Fabionar and Whitney Wilcox.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Sierra Health Foundation; University of California, Davis