Date

12-2017

Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Department

Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Stephanie McMurtrie

Abstract

The need for parents to attend programs such as the Parent Project and understand the effectiveness of parent education classes is important, especially for those raising troubled or out of control youth. At Partners For Peace they provide just that, parent education through the Parent Project program. It has been stated that support groups help parents alleviate stress (Armenta and Huerta, 2015) therefore, the project consisted of bringing former Parent Project graduates together to continue supporting each other by reconnecting them in a barbeque, providing free food and games for them and their families, and hosting an enrichment workshop facilitated by a bilingual Salinas Police Officer due to the population being served were Spanish speaking parents. The purpose of the project was for parents to give each other wise advice and increase their peer to peer support. It also encouraged the parents to use the tools they received while they attended the Parent Project courses. By getting all parents from different graduating classes together, the agency learned more about their needs and the changes that they can make to better the program. After also providing a quick questionnaire it was found that many parents informed that the program is helpful because by educating themselves they can help their youth. The majority mentioned that the program would be so much more helpful to other families as prevention rather than intervention and that is the most important recommendation to the agency because by educating the parents at an early stage they can avoid problems down the road.

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