Monday, September 28, 2009

Parent Academies at CDM

An exciting new initiative is now underway inside the Roseland Homes community. Operation Family Fresh Start "bundles" various Central Dallas Ministries resources and, in partnership with the community and its families, focuses everyone on improving and advancing the lives of all.

Health, employment, education, parenting, nutrition, recreation, leadership development, community connections, crime prevention--all of these concerns come together on the platform we're referring to as Operation Family Fresh Start.

An important component of our new effort is the Roseland Parent Academy. Participants meet on the third Thursday of every month from 6-8 p.m. Our first session (very well attended) rolled out on September 17.

Topics for the academy provide a hint at the quality and character of this aspect of the new effort:

Navigating the DISD System: Rights and Responsibilities of Parents

Homework has changed! Figuring out the "New Math" and

Other Strategies to Help Your Child with School Work

Nutrition for a Healthy Future

Understanding and Preventing Diabetes

Asthma and Other Breathing Problems

A Fresh Start: Informational Services to Individuals Re-entering the Workforce

The Job Talk: Steps to Take to Get Back into the Workforce

"At-ten-Hut!" Trade Offs: Building Success Even if You Didn't Go to College

Financial Literacy: Getting Your House in Order

Positive Steps Toward Home Ownership

Change: The Sky is the Limit

No doubt in my mind, we'll have some exciting outcomes to report this time next year.

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