Build Staff Skills
Tip #1: Arrive early to give yourself time to set up and review your notes, so you can welcome staff when they arrive.
Tip #2: Don't read your PowerPoint! Have additional talking points and information other than what's on the screen.
To learn more about these and other training tips, use the Training Guide and Template.
How will you train and support staff to engage families?
Families are one of the greatest potential allies staff have to achieve their primary goal of helping program youth be successful. Staff need to form strong and lasting relationships with the families and should constantly look for opportunities to reach out to address their concerns and utilize their knowledge and skills. To achieve complementary and trusting relationships, staff must connect with families, listen to them, and offer resources and suggestions. Together, families and staff can help children be successful.
- Part of family engagement is understanding, appreciating and honoring the culture and traditions of the families of the youth served.
- Staff should know about and direct families to free and low-cost resources and community organizations that can help with educational and life goals.
- Engaging families requires different types of events and strategies depending on the ages of the youth served.
- 2Key Terms
- 3Family Engagement Diagram
- 4Why Is It Important?
- 5Great Benefits, Low Turnout
- 6Reasons Why Families Don't Connect
- 7Overcome Challenges
- 8Back to Basics
- 9Assess Your Family Engagement
- 10Plot Your Challenges
- 11Building Blocks of Family Engagement
- 12Build Relationships
- 13Communicate With Families
- 14Know Your Families
- 15Do's and Don'ts for a Welcoming Environment
- 16Understand the Cultures You Serve
- 17Be Open to Different Types of Engagement Activities
- 18Meet Family Needs
- 19Getting Input From Families
- 20Expand Services to Engage Families
- 21Four Key Types of Engagement
- 22Adult Development Activities
- 23Spotlight Topic: Drug and Alcohol Prevention
- 24Shared Activities for Students and Families
- 25Governance and Leadership Opportunities
- 26School and Community — Linking Activities
- 27Support Families
- 28Benefits of Family Engagement
- 29Working With Families in Rural Areas — Understand Needs
- 30Working With Families in Rural Areas — Strategies
- 31Working With Culturally Diverse Families — Understand Needs
- 32Working With Culturally Diverse Families — Strategies
- 33Working With Nontraditional Families — Understand Needs
- 34Working With Nontraditional Families — Strategies
- 35Special Challenges: Families Facing Drug and Alcohol Problems
- 36Keep It Going
- 37Learn More Library
- 40Check for Understanding
- 1Implementing Family Engagement
- 2Know Families and Their Cultures
- 3Know Families and Their Cultures — Coaching Moment
- 4Understand Challenges to Family Engagement
- 5Understand Challenges to Family Engagement — Coaching Moment
- 6Engage Families
- 7Create a Welcoming Environment
- 8Support Families
- 9Support Families — Coaching Moment
- 10Pull It Together
- 11Additional Resources