PEPS is a non-profit organization that connects parents to strengthen families and build community through parent peer-support groups. PEPS groups meet weekly and are facilitated by a PEPS-trained Leader. Each meeting allows parents the opportunity to share the week's concerns, successes, issues, and joys as well as time for a discussion on topics related to parenting and children (sleeping, feeding, adjusting to parenthood, etc.) The PEPS program model is based on the 5 Protective Factors from Strengthening Families, which help build resilient families, positive connections and support for parents, and reduce negative outcomes, such as abuse and neglect. 98% of PEPS groups are facilitated by volunteers who are deeply rooted in our community and passionate about supporting new parents through the first critical months of life with a new baby. Over 4000 families rely on PEPS volunteers each year. PEPS facilitators are compassionate, empathetic, resourceful, and real. They don't have all the answers, but they are passionate about helping parents, generating ideas, finding information, and building neighborhood communities together. Some leaders give back as a way of honoring their own PEPS experience. Many are new to PEPS. All tell us they find great joy and satisfaction in helping new parents connect and share through their PEPS groups. Currently, all PEPS Groups will be conducted remotely for the entirety of their sessions through 2021. To stay up to date with developments, visit our COVID-19 news page. While we cannot bring families together face to face, we still want to ensure that parents are connecting during this health crisis. Bringing new parents out of isolation is critical to their health and well-being. We understand that you are at home with kids and other family members and navigating unique circumstances yourself. We are offering bi-weekly sessions to guide and train you with the online meeting portals and specifics. We are there to support you as needed. We appreciate warm, sensitive communicators, who are accepting of varied child-rearing practices and diverse lifestyles. Interest in early childhood development, experience in education or facilitation, previous PEPS group participation, or being a parent yourself are welcome pluses. Groups meet for 2 hrs each week in the daytime [10-:30 - 12:30] or in the Evening [6:30 - 8:30], the same day each week for 12 weeks. Leaders commit to working with their group for 12 consecutive weeks, fewer if you choose to co-lead with a friend, spouse, partner, or colleague. PEPS provides specialized training and group leaders have access to experienced PEPS staff mentorship and a wealth of resources online. It’s our job to help you have a wonderful, fun, and rewarding experience as a leader. We’ve designed lots of resources and provide training and support all along the way.
Date Posted: Sep 15, 2021