Bringing parents together

The Fostering Family Leaders program, piloted in partnership with the United Way of Greater Atlanta, helps parents learn to lead.

Research and supporting data shows that poverty and economic disparity negatively affect the mental health, educational status, interpersonal development, physical health, and social growth of children. In response, meaningful family engagement in children's early learning supports school readiness and later academic success.

Supporting Parent Leaders

The Fostering Family Leaders program trains parents to help other parents increase their leadership potential. FFL positions parents as the gatekeepers for their families' success. It provides the necessary socio-emotional skills and support to overcome the challenges of living in poverty. By creating a greater sense of community through peer-to-peer coaching, parents develop support systems for every stage of life and strategies for better supporting their children in school.

Our Fostering Family Leaders program meets weekly with heads of households to train them on efficient peer-to-peer mentoring, resource sharing, socio-emotional development, and parenting skills. During each session, parents learn how to engage other parents and identify their unique voice and skill sets.

Through this ten-session, peer-to-peer leadership development program, parents learn the competencies that will help them become effective advocates for their children, themselves, and their community.

Fall dates

The Fostering Family Leaders program will take place on the following dates:

  • September 5, 12, 19,26
  • October 3, 17, 24
  • November 7, 14, 28

More information

Fostering Family Leaders meets at the Barack and Michelle Obama Academy located at 970 Martin St SE, Atlanta, GA 30315. For more information, please contact Tavon Betts at (404) 525-5949, ext. 17 or tavonbetts@emmaushouse.org.