It is well known that parents play a very important role in the education of their children and that parent engagement in their children’s education greatly improves the chances of student achievement. The Parental Involvement Program intends to provide families with information and empower parents so they take an active and participatory role in encouraging their children to graduate from high school and pursue a college education. The Parental Involvement Program helps connecting families, schools, and the community as partners in order to promote, support, and advance the education of Latino children.
The main goals of the Parental Involvement Program include to assess the needs of Latino parents in regards to their children’s education and address some of those needs. As part of our mission we would like to work with parents in making them aware of the significant role STEM fields play in today’s world, the great opportunities those fields can provide to their children, and why their children should learn more about them and explore the possibility of majoring in a STEM field in college. We hold educational workshops in which we inform parents about the college admission process, including completing admission applications, writing excellent essays, the qualities and credentials of an outstanding applicant, how to complete the FAFSA, and information on specific sources of financial aid that may be available to their children. We also encourage parents’ engagement and collaboration with teachers, school counselors, and administrators in order to help their children improve their academic performance and ensure they are on a pathway that will lead them to academic success. It is crucial for Latino parents and their children to understand and appreciate the importance of a quality education, the value of higher learning, and opportunities that may be available to them. The Parental Involvement Program is an integral part of GoSTEM and we believe that this program provides Latino families with a very unique opportunity to be better educated, motivated, and empowered to achieve academic and professional success.