Southern California Science and Engineering Career ACCESS Center

Southern California Science and Engineering Career ACCESS

Parent Empowerment Program


The ACCESS Parental Empowerment Program serves to:

* Train parents and guardians in the use of motivational techniques
in the home that enhance the educational achievement of children
at school.

* Create an awareness within the community, of values that influence
the economic, educational and social growth and development
of our youth. economically, educationally and socially.

* Increase the literacy skills of parents in English, math and
science through participation in appropriate training courses
for better communication with their children and school personnel.
This is essential for the parents of non-English speaking students.

* Help parents understand their role in their children's education
through increased participation in campus activities.

* Help more children succeed in school by lowering absenteeism
and increasing academic performance through increased participation
and understanding of the parents.


There are three levels of participation: The Parent Executive
Council; Parent Leadership Training; and workshops and seminars.
An integral component of the program is heightening community
awareness and involvement in increasing the numbers of under-represented
minorities in the science and mathematics fields. Community support
and involvement is critical to the success of students participating
in the ACCESS Center's programs and activities.

Many parents are hesitant about coming to the school to become
involved in their child's education. Fears may be based on limited
or negative experiences with schools. By bringing the program
to the community, ACCESS will enlist the support of community
leaders and representatives to encourage parent participation.



Three to four parents of middle school students are selected to
form the Parent Executive Council. The Council is responsible
for developing a mission statement regarding the family/school
partnership, and designing a structure that supports the statement
which is based on the needs of the program and school. Members
of the parent executive council attend monthly meetings and are
responsible for encouraging (via mailings, phone calls, community
meetings and home visits) parent and community participation in
the ACCESS-funded programs cited here. All parents of students
enrolled in the program are required to participate in at least
one parent activity of their choice during each academic semester
their child remains enrolled.


Parents who have participated in activities sponsored by the ACCESS
Parent Empowerment Program have an opportunity to become parent
leaders. A select group of parents receive training as leaders
for other parents in their current school, or as models for parents
in other schools, especially as their children progress through
the school system. This activity is designed to create a cohort
of parents who can ensure continued parent involvement at their
child's school, and who can work with parents at other schools
to establish ACCESS parent empowerment components. A training
handbook will be developed for use by parent leaders who will
conduct future training sessions with parents of new students.

Parents learn to be tutors to their child in the areas of math
and science. Parents will also learn how to serve as a resource
for other students and their parents. The tutorial session
focuses on instructional techniques in math and science, and assists
parents in understanding how to facilitate their child's learning.
Parents who complete the tutorial are eligible to serve as volunteer
tutors at their child's school.


This component will be comprised of a series of workshops designed
to give parents wide ranging knowledge of the educational system.
The parent executive council guides the specific workshop according
to the needs of the community. They are held in the community
rather than at the school, demonstrating the willingness of the
school to reach out to the community. Below is an outline of
topics to be presented in these workshops and seminars.

A. Parent Educational Enrichment

1. Parents are trained to negotiate the public school system.

2. Parents are encouraged to become involved in School Based

B. Class Performance Monitoring

1. Parents help their children select classes.

2. Parents keep a record of their child's academic performance.

C. Academic Achievement Support

1. Parents trained as academic counselors for their child to
act as:

a. Trouble-shooters.

b. Problem solvers.

2. Parents become the primary advocate for their child's education
as a:

a. Partner.

b. Participant.

3. Facilitation of parent's understanding of post secondary

a. How to prepare for college.

b. Preparing for SAT's.

c. Study skills.

d. College survival skills.

D. Parent Literacy Training

The Parent Literacy series is a parent education program
consisting of workshops. These workshops include lecture, hands-on
activities, discussion and video on topics such as:

1) early adolescent development,

2) science and math concepts,

3) the development of children's self esteem,

4) teaching responsibility, and

5) helping with homework.

This literacy series can be conducted in English, Spanish and
other languages as necessary. The facilitator teaches parents
how to make the home a supportive, learning environment and will
work with parents to bring about parent participation in school.
The series provides a flow of educational information to parents.
The purpose of this component is to provide parents with a well
designed interactive activity which assists them in enriching
the process of learning for their child.

California State University, Los Angeles

5151 State University Drive, Administration Building, # 819

Los Angeles, CA 90032

Phone: (323) 343-5173 Fax: (323) 343-6418

"To Make Learning Come Alive"