Community and Parent Engagement
Project L.I.F.T. believes a key component to student success is the two-way street of community and parent engagement. Engaged parents help students place greater importance on their own education, while involvement from outside volunteers and mentors helps students feel connected to their community.
The goal of Project L.I.F.T.’s community and parent engagement efforts is to connect schools, families and the community to foster a sense of shared ownership in moving our schools forward. It takes trust and strong relationships to build a brighter future for every child.
How does it work?
A PTSA for everyone
For the first time in many years, every Project L.I.F.T. school has a Parent-Teacher-Student Association. In the case of Allenbrook Elementary, their PTSA is supported and led by community members who attend Christ Resurrection Church. The community’s involvement has helped spark parent involvement and support.
Supporting students by supporting parents
Many of our Project L.I.F.T. families struggle with generational poverty and access to services. Seeing their struggle, Project L.I.F.T. started the Getting Ahead group, a support system for mothers in need of stable housing, job training and mentorship. By connecting our parents to community organizations like Crisis Assistance Ministry, we have empowered them to advocate for themselves and their children.
The power of mentorship
There are so many ways to positively influence children. At Walter G. Byers Elementary School, a group of volunteers from the community visits students at least once a week to eat lunch and serve as tutors or mentors. Team TruBlue is dedicated to catching at-risk students before they slip through the cracks. The result is a longstanding relationship that shows students they matter, and helps them make better choices. Learn more about Team TruBlue and learn how to become a volunteer.