Parent Empowerment Services (PES) include all of the programs that Edu-Futuro provides for free to help parents address issues that may be hindering positive family functioning, financial stability, and adaptation to life in the United States. Edu-Futuro offers evidence-based curriculums, workshops, and individual case management services that empower immigrant parents to become more involved in their children’s lives and education, help improve financial security, and strengthen interfamily cohesiveness.
How much do the programs cost?
All of our parent empowerment programs are free.
I do not understand the school system here in the US.
We have two different programs that can teach you how to navigate the school systems. Participa... en mi educación is for parents of elementary and middle school students, Padres Comprometidos is for parents of high school students who are considering applying and attending college. These programs are just for parents but Padres Comprometidos has the component of teaching parents strategies to have a healthy and positive communication with their adolescents.
Will my student/students participate in the programs?
We offer two programs where your student/students will participate. Strengthening Families, which is for students between the ages of 10 and 14, consists of 7 sessions for parents and youth. Also, Families Reunite, which is a three-day program: the two first sessions are just for parents and the third one is for parents with the student/students who were reunified.
What languages are the programs offered in?
Primarily Spanish, but we also provide classes in English.
How long are the programs?
Our programs vary from 3 to 7 sessions, 3 to 7 weeks. Depending on the program each session lasts from 90 minutes to 2 hours.
What should I do if I cannot attend a session or I am late?
You can contact us through the Whatsapp Groups that will be created once you join the program, and let us know if you cannot make it on a specific day or anything related to the program. Also if you have connection problems, just let us know, we will be able to assist you.
How do I sign up for the programs?
You can sign up through our website. The links can be found under the Programs tab on the Parent Empowerment Services page.
What information do I need to provide to sign up for a program?
You will be contacted by a member of our staff who will need to collect some personal information that will not be shared outside of Edu-Futuro.
When are the programs held?
Our programs are usually held on weekday evenings, between 5:30 and 8:00 pm.
I need help to pay for my rent and/or utility bills.
We have case management services that can assist you and connect you with resources.
I lost my job and I need help to find a new one.
Our workforce development service staff can work with you to help you find a new position.
Case Management Services
Case Management Services: We revamped our individual case management to provide emergency assistance to the parents of the students we serve, and beyond. If you want to receive references to free financial assistance, free food, and more resources, please sign-up to our interest list clicking here.
We're able to support families in Fairfax County, Prince William County, Arlington County, and the City of Alexandria, in Northern Virginia.
Workforce Development Services
Workforce Development Services: (Fairfax County Only). Through bilingual computer instruction, job readiness workshops and individual support, this program helps immigrant parents more quickly gain the skills necessary to find, apply for and obtain employment.
The Workforce Development Specialist works with parents who are looking for new/better jobs to understand their needs, employment situation and skills, and works with them to achieve their goals. Individual support includes among others:
- Assistance with Resumes and Cover Letters
- Interview Practice
- Job Search
- Assistance with the Job Application Process
- Research on Validation of International Professional Degrees
PARTICIPA… en mi Educacion
PARTICIPA… en mi Educacion: (Arlington & Fairfax County): a course originally developed by APS and adopted by Edu-Futuro in 2010 that teaches immigrant parents how to navigate the school system in order to support and advocate more effectively for their children’s schooling. Parents who have gone through PARTICIPA consistently rate its workshops very highly, and many of the immigrant parents who are active in PTAs or countywide committees have gone through the program.
Strengthening Families 10-14
Strengthening Families 10-14: (Arlington & Fairfax County) This program (SFP 10-14) was developed by the Iowa State University to reduce problematic behaviors in youth 10 to 14 years of age. The program helps parents and youth to develop strategies to resist peer pressure that leads to risky behaviors. Parents learn how to supervise their adolescents in a more active and pro-active way and to stimulate healthy and positive family reunions that according to research, decrease family conflicts and contribute to lower levels of substance use and abuse.
This is a wonderful program that has been offered in Fairfax County for several years and has had excellent outcomes in improving communication between parents and teenagers. This program consists in 7 sessions of two and a half hours each.
- Love & Affection
- Peer pressure resistance
- Finding family values
- Better communication skills
- Problem solving
- Goal setting
- Understanding each other better
Padres Comprometidos: (Arlington & Fairfax County). This is a curriculum that was developed by Unidos US (former National Council of La Raza – NCLR), and was especially designed to reach parents who are, traditionally, not connected to their children’s school as a result of:
- Linguistic and cultural differences
- Economic background
- Negative perceptions about school
- Lack of knowledge about how to become involved
This program helps Hispanic parents learn to:
- Navigate the United States public school system
- Develop goals for their children to ensure they attend college
- Understand the academic requirements for college readiness
- Model behaviors at home that encourage and promote learning
Originally designed as a nine-session series for parents, and one-and-one-half hours per session, Edu-Futuro has modified its delivery to a seven-session series for parents, and two-hour per session. In sessions, parents engage in discussions and exercises based on the themes covered by the curriculum.
This program has been successfully implemented in 65 different communities across 21 states in early education centers, charter schools, public schools, and community-based organizations.
Immigrant Family Reunification Program (“Families Reunite”): (Fairfax County Only). This program was designed to help rebuild relationships between parents and children who were separated during the immigration process and have recently or in previous years been reunited.
The curriculum, that was developed by Fairfax County Public Schools, helps parents develop strategies to resolve conflicts that impact their children’s well-being and internal family function, while alleviating the effects of trauma that may have occurred during the separation and reunification process.
This program is delivered in Spanish and consists in two 3-hour sessions for parents and one 3-hour session for parents with their children. Two facilitators follow a curriculum that will help the parents understand and identify their children’s behavior and learn strategies to deal with them. They learn about the importance of love and affection and communication skills.
Financial Workshops: (Arlington & Fairfax County). Through a partnership with UnidosUS and the Financial Clinic, Edu-Futuro offers general information and workshops on various financial topics to parents and students, and provides referrals to free one-on-one financial coaching in both Spanish and English. Coaches help clients address issues of financial insecurity and provide guidance on how to achieve goals.
Workshop topics include among others:
- Identifying financial goals
- Household budgeting and tracking expenses
- Paying for college
- Pulling and reviewing credit reports
Edu-Futuro invites you to join our 5 workshops addressing the following topics:
- Finances in Difficult Times: Protecting your Identity
5 Sessions Virtual Program to learn:
- Cover Letter
- Where are job opportunities advertised?
- Interviews & References
Tech for Parents
5 Sessions Virtual Program, in Spanish, to learn:
- Computer Basics
- How to access resources on the Internet
- Proficient use of the email
- How to communicate to the school
- How to monitor your child's attendance & class performance through ParentVUE
Do I need a laptop to attend the workshop?
You can attend the workshop from your cell phone, tablet, laptop, or personal computer.
How many sessions does the workshop have?
The workshop consists of a total of 5 sessions.
What is the workshop schedule?
It takes place every Wednesday from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.
What is the workshop all about?
Tech for Parents focuses on basic computer knowledge, such as computer parts, basic concepts about the internet, online security, useful applications, Google Docs, Email, etc.
Do you deliver certificates at the end of the workshop?
Edu-Futuro will send a certificate of completion to those who attend classes.
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