Parent Mentors Program

Our mission is to engage and empower parents in their children's education and develop participants into educational leaders in their schools and communities through volunteerism with provided training and support.

Place a Parent Mentor in every kindergarten class!

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**Summer 2017 Update**

 Letty Reads To Large Group

Leticia Guzman is a second year Parent Mentor at Eagle Valley Elementary School and a mother of four boys. She volunteers four mornings a week in a kindergarten classroom assisting with reading, writing and math help in Eagle Valley Elementary School’s bi-lingual program. Shown, she is reading a book in Spanish - supporting comprehension, pronunciation and cultural understanding.

The Parent Mentor program has successfully finished its third year of programming and partnership with Eagle County Schools. Great successes were witnessed in the participant’s own children, the classrooms, the school and broader community.

Number of participants for 2016-17 school year:  19 volunteers and 3 coordinators serving approximately 380 students and 22 teachers

Participant Impact: 

“My experience in the Parent Mentor program has been very good because I have learned techniques to help my own children and I have become much more involved in my community and schools with greater ease.” –Blanca Cabral, third year participant

 When Parent Mentor participants were asked to reflect on their 2016-17 program experience, they reported that:

  • They increased how much help they could give their children in their learning from 40.9% to 100%
  • They increased how much help they could give in their children’s school from 13.6% to 100%
  • They increased how much support they could give the community from 9% to 84.6%
  • They increased how many times they were able to access community resources from 4.5% to 90.9%

Student Impact: 

“You helped me solve problems and you spread love to our class.” -Brush Creek Elementary School kindergartner

Students responded to a questionnaire identifying the benefits of having a Parent Mentor in the classroom with a majority reporting the most impactful areas being: general help, reading in Spanish, Spanish language development, writing and social/emotional support.

Teacher Impact:

“The Parent Mentor program connects our school with our community through a parent education based partnership. This collaboration is vital to our students' success in closing our achievement gaps between native English speakers and English language learners.  The program also creates an avenue for Spanish speaking parent involvement and advocacy. We feel incredibly gracious for the opportunity to work alongside our parent community towards a shared goal of student success.”  - Maria Diaz Nodaro, K-2 Mentor teacher at Homestake Peak Elementary 

94% of participating teachers positively reported that their Parent Mentor was an asset in the classroom and welcome their help in the future. 

Community Partners
The community has embraced this program and YouthPower365 is extremely grateful for the support provided by: Catholic Charities, Colorado Mountain College, Daniel’s Fund, Eagle County Government, Eagle River Youth Coalition, Eagle Valley Library District, Efec, The George Family Foundation, InteGreat!, Jared Polis Foundation Fund, Literacy Project, Quest Foundation, Sidney E. Frank – CO Fund, Speak Up Reach Out (SURO), Tony Grampsas Youth Services, Town of Avon, United Way, Vail Valley Cares and Valley Settlement Project.

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Number of participants for 2016-17 school year: 19 volunteers and 3 coordinators serving approximately 380 students and 22 teachers
Locations: Eagle County School District Elementary Schools across the Vail Valley
Contact: Kendra Cowles | 970-748-5993 | kcowles@vvf.org

YouthPower365's Parent Mentor program gives parents within our community the chance to be heard, gain education, become leaders, develop advocacy skills and build capacity to enrich the community and best support their own children’s learning. Parents and/or grandparents of children enrolled in Eagle County Schools apply to become regularly scheduled volunteers with a classroom teacher for the course of one school year. Through observation, modeling and mentoring, the participants become active supports in the success of each student in the classroom and their own children. To engage families with young children and best prepare them for entering Kindergarten successfully, the program offers an Early Learning Program at select schools, while parents volunteer. An additional component of the program is training which includes a three day intensive course on strengths-based skill development and two hours of professional development weekly on topics ranging from academic strategies in the primary grades to personal well-being, growth and professionalism.

Alma And Student At Library

Alma Landeros from BCES helps a pre-school student select a library book. The Parent Mentor program has given Alma encouragement and the support she needed to apply for an Eagle County Schools position and continue her natural and intuitive work with young children.