Grant writer, how will you engage the families of your young program participants?
This question, in one form or another, keeps popping up in grant applications these days. All the research shows kids do better when their parents participate in their world.
But, engaging parents challenges even the best programs. It's especially sticky for those designing programs for adolescents. Seems like the parents of adolescents just run out of energy.
And many at-risk kids wouldn't be 'at-risk' if their parents were involved.
I turn to the Harvard Family Research Project for up-to-date research on family engagement. You'll find a wealth of information, toolkits, publications, annotated bibliographies, and a monthly newsletter from FINE.
If you write grants to fund youth programs, this site deserves a place in your favorites. And do share it with the staff providing services to youth.
Welcome to FINE - Family Involvement Network of Educators - at the Harvard Family Research Project: "The Family Involvement Network of Educators (FINE) is a national network of over 5,000 people who are interested in promoting strong partnerships between children's educators, their families, and their communities."