Engaging Parents as Partners in Your Programs: A Model for Parent Participation

  • On-Demand Webinar
  • Recorded on Thursday, July 29, 2021
  • 1.5 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
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Learners' Own Words

"The insights that I gained from this PPAR study are valuable."

"I learned about how I could initiate processes within my organization to engage with parents more."

"The training really gave a base to launch parent participation within my school. It also opened an avenue in which to engage school admin/leadership to include parents."

Your Training Description

Typically, not all parents’ voices are considered when youth-serving organizations make decisions that impact young people. Your youth-serving organization can better adapt to meet the needs of every young person when you engage parents as partners in decision making. This sense of connectedness is a key factor for positive youth development. PPAR (Parent Participatory Action Research) is an effective approach to improving parental engagement. Even if you can’t facilitate the PPAR process within your youth-serving organization, this training gives you valuable insights for equitable parent engagement.

Your Learning Objectives

  • Examine the challenges and opportunities of engaging parents as partners in the decision making of youth-serving organizations (YSOs), particularly parents whose voices have not been heard
  • Learn what Parent Participatory Action Research (PPAR) is and the benefits it brings, particularly in an equity frame
  • Learn how PPAR can help to address engagement challenges
  • Consider how to apply PPAR in your youth-serving organization (YSO)

Your Trainers

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Nicole Bates has 20 years of experience in k-12 education with the St. Paul Public Schools district in Minnesota. In that context she has been a classroom teacher, coached teachers, been an administrator, and coached administrators. Currently, she is engaged in providing equity professional development, coaching, and support across the district. She has a Masters of Education and is pursuing her doctoral studies in culture and teaching through the department of curriculum and instruction at the University of Minnesota. In her role as the SPPS navigator for Project TRUST (Teaching Resiliency in Urban Teachers and Students) she has worked with both the YPAR (youth participatory action research) and PPAR projects. In working with PPAR she has mostly assisted with implementation and dissemination of their work.

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Luis Enrique Ortega is a 35 + year veteran of K-12 public education with a concentration in bilingual instruction and as a cultural diversity practitioner. He is co-founder of SoLaHmo (Somali, Latino and Hmong Partnership in Health and Wellness). He holds a Masters of Education and has been committed to community-based research for the last twelve years. Luis is the co-PI (Principal Investigator) for Project TRUST and also co-facilitated both the YPAR and PPAR groups for wave one and wave two schools. He worked with both groups from recruitment through implementation and dissemination of the work. He is a seasoned educator and community organizer.

Your Competency Focus Area


Each of YIPA’s trainings are designed around a broad framework of eight youth work competencies. The competency focus of this training is: THE FIELD OF YOUTH WORK.

Expand your professional acumen to understand the reach and importance of your role, serve as an effective advocate for youth, and pursue ongoing professional development.

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This training will count as 1.5 CE hours for most boards. Please contact your board directly with questions on submitting. You are encouraged to print or save this training information as a PDF for your records.