Parents Reaching Out Grants

Iroquois Ridge High School – Oakville

Halton District School Board
Tuesday at Seven

Parents Reaching Out grants help parents to identify barriers to parent engagement in their own community, and find local solutions to get more parents involved. Parents who are involved in their children's education help to support their children's achievement and well-being.

This video is part of a series that features successful parent engagement projects funded through the Ministry of Education's Parents Reaching Out (PRO) grants.

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Sue Graham [Tuesday at Seven Program Leader]:

The Tuesday at Seven program was an opportunity for parents from the neighborhood and from our own school to come in and network with one another and it was important because it allowed the parents to discuss issues that face the teens today. So Tuesday at Seven, parents come into the school and we meet in a round table setting and discuss issues that are involved with our kids' lives and there is a presentation but it's more of a sharing environment where we share certain issues and talk about what's happening in the teenager's lives.

Jae Bang [Parent]:

My idea of being a good parent is to maybe be just that much better than maybe my parents were and I was very blessed to have very good parents and very involved in my life and I thought well if I can take that experience and I can add to it, that's what the program helped me to do. It helped me to really understand what's going on in my son's head, what's going on in the school in terms of peer pressure, social issues, some of the struggles that he's going to be facing, everything from exams to drugs to as I said peer pressure, you know all of those things are very challenging for them and they had a lot going on, they are under a lot of pressure and it's a different kind of pressure that we as adults face. So the better I could understand some of the pressures that he was under, the better we could communicate and I could support him.

Bonita Kent [Parent]:

The program's very important, the Tuesday at Seven invites parents to come to speak, to listen to issues regarding our children and to get involved which as I said joined in as a grade nine parent and I have joined Ridge Cares and do many volunteer programs within the school.

Kathy Cancilla [Parent]:

When I first came here as a grade nine parent, what I found the most helpful about the program is it really let me know what was involved in the school so I could be educated for my son. So I knew what I could talk to him about and what was his opportunities were. And now it also has an incredible sense of community. It was a beautiful sense of community where I could get involved and this was unique in high school, it's not – doesn't happen in other high schools. So that was probably the two main things I found to be that people were incredibly warm and inviting and it made me feel at home in the school right from the first week.

Sue Graham [Tuesday at Seven Program Leader]:

We've had a lot of different testimonials from different parents saying that they sit down at the dinner table and discuss issues that they learn about at these programs and also they just feel more comfortable coming into the school themselves and also it is, makes their students more successful in school.

Jae Bang [Parent]:

The speakers are fascinating, they are extremely well trained, their information is very very up-to-date. I have attended some of the same workshops more than once because they are always bringing more current information to the table which is excellent. And then they've been able to bring in some additional speakers from the outside could be the police force or some trained professionals in a specific field to even lend some more up-to-date information and credibility to help us with our kids.

Sue Graham [Tuesday at Seven Program Leader]:

One of the outcomes of the Tuesday at Seven program was that it allowed us to develop our parent engagement program here at the school, it allowed us to build relationships with parents and have them actually come into the school and do some volunteer work here.

Bonita Kent [Parent]:

The program is fantastic, you learn issues that may not be going on in your own home but make you aware, it helps you to learn issues that other families are going through for their teens, it helps you appreciate your own home and it certainly helps to promote getting to know other families within the school.

Kathy Cancilla [Parent]:

I think that now in these days were so disconnected and so to have something like this really brings parents together in a way that we never would otherwise.

Jae Bang [Parent]:

I think anybody can open up a book and read some information but to have the facility here to have speakers come in and run programs that not only with the take away information. But the opportunity for parents to engage with the speakers, with the teachers as well as with one another. We learn just as much sitting at the table and sharing some of the challenges we are having with our youth by talking out some of these issues together. So that funding really provides as I said the speakers to come in as well as the opportunity for us as parents to get together with the teachers and there is the village raising the kids.

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