Parent Leader - Northshore


(42.009933,-87.66305)
 

Cause Areas

When

It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.

Where

AWOFINCParent Information and Resource CenterNorthside & Northern SuburbsChicago, IL 60626
Parent Leader Training

About

Parent Leaders are ambassadors in the community, by offering other parents information about proven "parenting techniques" related to protective factors (and community-based programs to refer their teens to); addressing issues of stigma and help-seeking; and countering the shame and negative experiences that other parents of adolescents are facing.

These recruited and trained Parent Leaders will conduct peer education sessions with parents in their communities, whether they take place at parent workshops, community events, small-group discussions or one-on-one dialogues. After the training, the Parent Leaders will then immerse themselves in the fabric of their neighborhoods, prepared to teach other parents how to give "immediate emotional support" to the youth in their lives. Parent Leaders will be the spark for a community-wide skills transfer process.

Peer-to-peer community outreach using Parent Leaders is an effective and empowering way to engage Chicago-area residents in ongoing conversation around violence prevention, mental wellness and positive coping strategies to stress and trauma. In this component of the Parent Leadership Training Initiative (PLTI), the Parent Leadership in Action Network (PLAN) will:

  1. Identify low-income parents and other caregivers of color in various communities who have been "through the fire" in dealing with their own issues (life struggles) and have navigated the tricky waters and challenges of raising adolescents;
  2. Recruit these parents for volunteerism (8 hours per week) doing community education and outreach to their peers (other parents of adolescents);
  3. Arm these parents with content (mental wellness) communications, training on prevention (violence) strategies and leadership training;
  4. Provide ongoing personal development opportunities, including group activities; and
  5. Prepare these new parent leaders to become "go-to" resources in the neighborhood.

Skills

  • Critical Thinking
  • Networking
  • Mentoring
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Child Welfare
  • Financial Literacy

Good Match For

People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 8 hours per week
  • Complete mandatory training sessions

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