History of the Parent Mentoring Program
Parenting is about developing nurturing bonds between parent and child - but parents need nurturing too! Neighbor-to-neighbor,
parent-to-parent, we can let parents know that they are part of a community that cares about their families. While most parent
mentoring programs focus primarily on "at-risk" families, the Parent Mentoring Program of Project Y.E.S. is a unique, one-of-a-kind
program, in that we are helping regular parents to parent regular kids. Project Y.E.S. established the Parent Mentoring Program in
2004 to bring more of the child's ‘system’ into the picture. While the tremendously successful "Big-Brother/Big-Sister Program" focuses
exclusively on the needs and perspectives of the child, the Parent Mentoring Program expands the "family system model" by focusing on the
needs and perspectives of the parents who are raising the child.
The goal of the Parent Mentoring Program is to help parents integrate
tried and tested skills and strategies into their parenting repertoire. Parent Mentoring has both an empathetic component which focuses
on listening and encouraging parents; as well as a directive psycho-educational aspect designed to help parents learn more about the art
of parenting. The beauty and power of the Parent Mentoring Program is derived from the ongoing relationship parent mentors build with parents
while working with them towards the acquisition and integration of parenting skills that parents can call their own. Unlike the many parenting
workshops that work on the hope that parents will take some of the ideas home with them, the Parent Mentoring Program works on the belief that
the optimal way of ensuring parenting success is to work with parents one-on-one towards parenting skills development.
In short: the Parent
Mentoring Program of Project Y.E.S. wishes to increase parent nachus and instill menuchas h'nefesh in the parents we serve.
Become a Project Y.E.S. Parent Mentor today!