One thing that all parents who attend Sunday Friends have in common is a deep love for their children. Another commonality is the desire for their children to succeed in school and in life, to avoid repeating the poverty lifestyle that they learned from their parents.
However, most of our participating parents lack much of the education that they need to help their children succeed. 40% did not graduate high school. 91% speak a language other than English at home. The parents themselves did not learn from their own parents how to help with homework.
Sunday Friends assists parents in building parenting effectiveness in a variety of ways:
Families tell us:
"Sunday Friends has changed my life because I am able to spend quality time with my children. I am able to sit and talk to them about different things that I've learned at the Program. I've learned to have more patience with my children."
"I have also learned how to be a better parent. Everything I learn here I put it to practice at home in order to be a better mother."
A Class Presenter tells us:
"I enjoyed each time I did a presentation for Sunday Friends because of their well-organized structure, the enthusiastic team on board, the committed volunteers and the amount of engaged parents attending the workshops. Plus, a week or two later after presenting the workshops, I receive a nice and priceless handmade thank you letter from the children of the parents that attended my presentations."
Our Program Evaluation demonstrates how successful Sunday Friends is with building Parenting Effectiveness.