The Parenting Network Seeks Volunteers to Lead Classes

Jan. 12, 2010

Nonprofit prepares volunteers to lead parent education classes



Milwaukee, Wis. – The Parenting Network seeks volunteers to lead parent education and support groups at locations throughout Milwaukee County.


“We are seeing an increased need in the community for specialized parent education programs,” said Jan Buchler, Executive Director of The Parenting Network. “With volunteers who have the time and energy to make a commitment to helping families, we can meet this need.”


The Parenting Network is looking for volunteers to help with three programs: Welcome, Baby!, a parent education and support program for expecting and new parents; Raising the Spirited Child, a support group for caregivers whose children display challenging behavior, and InsideOut Dad, a parent education program for incarcerated dads.


The Parenting Network’s Facilitation Skills Training fully prepares individuals to facilitate or co-facilitate groups of parents and caregivers using evidence based curricula. The training covers group dynamics, child development information, and active listening skills so that volunteers have the necessary skills and confidence they need to effectively facilitate a parenting group. Volunteer facilitators must be willing to commit to at least two hours per week for a full year.


“The training was very interactive and fun,” said Jeff Phillips, a volunteer who co-facilitates the Dad Matters group on Saturday mornings. “This experience changed the way I look at parenting.”


Facilitation Skills Training will be held at The Parenting Network at 7516 W. Burleigh St., Milwaukee. The training is open to volunteers and professionals. The training runs 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, February 16 and 17, and from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on February 18. Continental breakfast and lunch are provided.


To register for this training series or to learn more about volunteer opportunities at The Parenting Network, call Ruth Miller at 414/671-5575 x30.


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Since 1977, The Parenting Network has served Milwaukee families with the mission to strengthen parenting and to prevent child abuse. Services include a 24-hour Parent Helpline, parenting education and support programs, home visitation and case management services, and sexual violence and teen pregnancy prevention programming for middle and high school students. For more information about programs at The Parenting Network, please call the Parent Helpline at (414)671-0566.



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