This section includes planning tips to help you get
your workshop organized so that your Active Parenting of Teens
program will be a success.
The Benefits of
Partnering with a Sponsoring Organization
If you decide to work with a sponsoring organization, you
must carefully present the reasons why everyone benefits from
parent education. Personally meet with the people within the
organization whose influence and support can make your parenting
education classes happen. You will need to receive the approval
of the head of the organization, and you must take the time to
keep the organization involved and informed from the beginning
until the last class.
As time-consuming as this may be, there are real benefits
to having a sponsoring organization. In addition to providing
credibility within the community, a sponsoring organization (i.e.
school, hospital, counseling center, church/synagogue) usually
provides a free meeting room, publicity, and equipment. It may
also cover leader fees, and may be able to offer the course and
materials to low-income parents free of charge. Sometimes it
will have multiple locations, allowing you to draw from a large
area without increased promotion costs.
Form a Planning Committee
It is difficult for one person working alone to plan and promote
a successful parenting program. By forming a committee of at
least three people, you will have the support and powerto
do an effective job of organizing and selling the workshop. At
the first meeting present your plan of action, ask for feedback
and ideas, and discuss the involvement and responsibilities of
each committee member. Set specific dates for completing assignments
(i.e. location/room arrangements, publicity, registration, babysitting)
and then allow each person to have ownership of their part of
the project. Make a followup call to confirm that arrangements
are proceeding as planned.
Getting Others on Board
At the beginning, determine your objectives, identify your
target audience, and review the program's benefits. If working
with a sponsoring organization, make sure their representative(s)
on the committee understands how the Active Parenting of Teens
program can help the organization fulfill its mission: Parenting
education helps build stronger families and enhances the organization's
image within the community.
By identifying your target audience, you can focus publicity
directly on those you are hoping to help. Your promotional efforts
(i.e. posters, news releases to media, public speaking) should
focus on the desire of all parents to raise children who are
cooperative, responsible, and able to resist peer pressure. It's
also a good idea to emphasize that parenting education can help
parents develop communication skills that will help them in the
challenging teen years.
Details Make the Difference
- Select the dates and times you will present the Active
Parenting of Teens program. Remember that the workshop is
formatted for sessions which will last approximately 2.5 hours.
- Select the location based on cost, comfort, and convenience.
Don't forget to think about parking! Arrange for the necessary
equipment: chairs, tables, TV/DVD, chalkboard or dry-erase board,
flip chart, or overhead projector. Decide how refreshments will
be handled. These responsibilities can be divided up among committee
- Determine registration fees and procedures. If you charge
a fee, it should include the cost of the Parent's Guide. Keep
your promotional costs in mind without runnng the fee up so high
that your workshop is unaffordable to your targeted audience.
- Decide how registration will be taken: by phone, fax, mail,
and/or e-mail. Make registration easy by assuring that the forms
are widely available and simple to completegood response
improves your chances for success and future programs. Assign
a committee member to contact registrants and verify details,
explore childcare needs, and give directions. Ideally, this person
will also be in charge of collecting registration forms and fees.
- A reminder about babysitting
care is often a barrier
to parent participation, so your efforts here can make a big
difference in the success of your program. Often teens can be
recruited to babysit in a room convenient to the parent's meeting
- And lastly, don't forget to order
Parent's Guides two to three weeks prior to your first class.
If you are unsure about the number of participants, make a good
estimate and place an order. Unused books can be returned for