Project HELP’s history begins with the Exchange Club of Naperville in 1992. Understanding the inherent challenges of parenting children, members of the Exchange Club established Project HELP as a non-profit organization in an effort to help parents achieve better parenting skills. The organization’s mission is empowering parents, nurturing families and strengthening communities. Project HELP accomplishes this by providing:
- Home-based parent mentoring services
- Parenting education workshops
The Parent Mentor Program is a nationally recognized parenting and family-strengthening program for ALL families. It is an evidenced-based home-visitation program found to help parents improve their understanding of child development, parent more effectively, improve their ability to identify and manage situational stress, strengthen their social support networks, and increase their ability to identify, find, and access services to meet their family’s basic needs.
Through a partnership with a professionally trained Parent Mentor, parents are supported in developing the capacity and confidence they need to nurture the social and emotional development of their children, giving them a strong start toward future success. Importantly, this program is offered at no cost.
The Parenting Education Program uses the evidence-based Active Parenting Now curriculum developed by Active Parenting Publishers Inc. This parenting education workshop teaches parents and caregivers simple and practical techniques that can reduce stress and eliminate the arguments often associated with disciplining children. Through the workshop, parents will develop more appropriate expectations for their children, learn how to teach children with empathy, and nurturance, and how to respond to and effectively manage their child’s behavior. Parents will also learn how to provide opportunities for children to grow through mistakes and to learn from the consequences of their choices.
Project HELP and YWCA Metropolitan Chicago have a long history of collaborating to meet the needs of families in DuPage County and the surrounding areas. Therefore, it made sense that in order to better serve families of metropolitan Chicago, Project HELP became a program offering of YWCA Metropolitan Chicago. Project HELP’s services complement YWCA Metropolitan Chicago’s current Young Parents Program which serves the south side of Chicago through home visiting and group services that promote healthy attachment and positive relationships between teen parents and their children.
This program expansion allows Project HELP to increase its impact and serve more families by leveraging the strong infrastructure of the YWCA. Under this new structure, Project HELP is also able to provide increased support by connecting families with additional services offered by the YWCA such as the Child Care Assistance Program, Career and Business Services, Sexual Assault Support Services and youth STEAM programming. The expansion also allows YWCA Chicago to broaden its footprint and services for families in the western suburbs.
For more information, visit their website at: http://www.projecthelpdupage.org/
Peggy McGuire, Director of Child & Family Development – Project HELP
Shelley Bromberek-Lambert, Chief Re-Imagination Officer