YMCA Powerful Schools’ Family Engagement programs, are aimed at increasing the level of at-home reading by children with their families and reinforcing to parents the importance of family engagement, regardless of their ability to speak English. Through literacy nights, student showcases,

and other school based activities, we also provide opportunities for parents/guardians to be actively involved in their child’s education.

Goal: Engage parents and the community in student learning; Empower parents with the tools they need to support their children’s learning.

Key Outcome: Parents actively support their children’s education.

Recent Success: During the 2013-2014 school year, more than 600 families participated in family events sponsored by YMCA Powerful Schools. While the topics of these events varied, many focused on increasing reading activities at home.  Through our programming, 84% of the families served increased the amount of time they spent reading with their children.