The Parent Initiatives
YWEP recognizes that parental involvement is a key factor in reducing high school dropout rates and increasing graduation rates. Parental involvement is defined as the participation of parents in every facet of children’s education and development from birth to adulthood. Parents are the primary influence in children’s lives. Parents are a major influence on their children’s achievement in school and through life. Studies have found that students with involved parents, no matter what their income or background, are more likely to:
- Earn high grades and test scores, and enroll in higher-level programs
- Pass their classes, earn credits, and be promoted
- Attend school regularly
- Graduate and go on to postsecondary education.
- Change in attitude regarding how their relationships affect their children, specifically as it relates to the mother of their child.
- Gain a new understanding that they have a responsibility to help their child value herself or himself and that parents can encourage or discourage feelings of self worth in their children.
- Changes in the way males feel about feelings and emotions.
- Changes in the value of understanding and working through negative feelings
- Gain new knowledge regarding reward and punishment and the different ways to effectively teach children.
- Gain new understanding of why men don’t regularly see the doctor and the negative impact this can have on their health.
- Better prepared to help their child(ren) become a happy, healthy, and productive adult.
- Better equipped to be strong confident fathers for their children.
Raise Up (Fathers ages 16-24)
- Increased knowledge and strategies for making healthy relationship decisions
- Increased awareness of how people slide into unhealthy situations
- Increased knowledge about what healthy relationships and marriages look like
- Improved skill and confidence in selecting partners to have healthy relationships
- Improved confidence in maintaining romantic relationships
- Increased effectiveness in communicating with positive impact
- Increase in realistic expectations for marriage and long-term romantic relationships
- Increased skills for working effectively with a co-parent of one’s child
- Reduction in inter-partner and family violence
- Reduction in high cost slides (non-decisional transitions)
- Improvement in parenting
- Increased family economic stability
Iron Dad (Military Fathers)
Explore the role personality plays in their needs and their interactions with other people.
- Note their own issues and experiences as common starting points of conflict.
- Recognize communication danger signs and replace them with respectful speaking and listening skills.
- Handle anger and stress well.
- Learn the guidelines for making significant decisions regarding relationships and commitment.
- Explore the role their own father plays in their lives and discover the significant impact they may have in the lives of a child.
- Gain skills needed to navigate reintegration into society successfully.
Inside Dad (Incarcerated Fathers)
- Increase in fathering knowledge, skills, and profathering attitudes and behavior.
- Increase in frequency of and healthy interaction with children.
- Increase in healthy interaction with the mothers of fathers’ children.
- Increase in likelihood of family reunification.
- Increase in likelihood of reentry success. Decreases:
- Decrease in antifathering knowledge, skills, and attitudes.
- Decrease in behavioral infractions in prison during and after participation in program.
- Decrease in recidivism.
- Increased knowledge, positive attitudes towards father’s involvement, and skills associated with improving their relationships with the fathers of their child(ren)
- Increase mother’s awareness of the impact that their upbringing has had on their relationship with the fathers of their child(ren) and men in general
- Increased understanding of the importance of fathers’ involvement in the lives of their child(ren)
- Increase positive interactions between mothers and fathers of their child(ren)
- Increased understanding of child development
- Increased communication quality
- Conflict management
- Relationship Stability
- Increase teachable moments
- Confidence in relationships
- Impact father involvement, parenting, parent rated child outcomes
Our parent workshops are open to all parents of children and youth ages 0-24. Our primary target populations are divorced, separated, new and re-entry fathers and mothers in the state of Arizona and Florida.