In our 2019 Listening Campaign, The GreenHouse heard clearly that youth and families in our community value family engagement. In response, The GreenHouse is shifting from the model on the left below, which engages parents as a secondary focus, to the model on the right. This new model recognizes that real transformation in kids' lives involves strengthening the whole family. Plans include hiring a Parent Engagement Director, investing in deeper relationships with parents, and offering new resources in the areas of family communication and parent engagement in education.

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parent engagement

We believe that parents and guardians are their children's primary educators, and that youth development is best done in deep, ongoing partnership with families.  Parents and extended family provide leadership and build community within the GreenHouse community in countless ways, including:

Parent Council - A group of parents that meets biweekly to provide input, direction and evaluation for GreenHouse programs, build community, and coordinate special events.

Cafecitos - A monthly forum in which parents meet to enjoy (sometimes iced) coffee, get to know one another more deeply, and vision for the community.

Family Events and Celebrations - Each year the GreenHouse Parents, Teen Leadership, Staff and Board collaborate to host multiple family-based celebrations throughout the year such as our annual Harvest Carnival, Christmas Posada, and Family Nights to encourage family participation and community engagement. 

We sense God's guidance in this new direction and deeply appreciate your partnership in the journey. As we take this new step, we look forward to celebrating even deeper and broader impact on kids, families, and our community!