Helping Parents Harness Their Power: Tavon Betts

Each month, a member of our staff will share a look into their programs and experiences working at Emmaus House. This month's entry of ‘Staff Musings’ comes from our Family Engagement Manager, Tavon Betts. 

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Education programs at Emmaus House have always focused on children and youth. Research suggests that families who are engaged in their child’s learning see not only an improvement in academic achievement but also a reduction in school absences. And parents build confidence as advocates for their children.

In 2016, Emmaus House parents expressed the desire for more experiences that help them support their child's academic success, as well as their own educational goals. Every day, I get to work with parents who want nothing more than to help their children and family succeed. Through Parent Power and Parent Café, we work to make that a reality.

Parent Café is a program that brings parents together in peer-to-peer conversation around five research-based, protective factors that mitigate the negative impact of generational poverty. This fall, we have seen parents become more confident in managing stressors at home and grow more connected with parents facing similar challenges. Our support doesn’t stop there. Parent Power uses a two-generation approach by increasing literacy skills of parents so they are more confident helping their children with reading and homework.

Here at Emmaus House, we are committed to meeting the needs of the children and families we serve, and I am so grateful to be a part of that.

Tavon Betts
Family Engagement Manager

KATHERINE BRANCH