Our major operating programs include the following:
On-Site Libraries in Housing Developments. Since March 1996, we have installed 9 libraries. We also upgrade these libraries with new books and raise books for other housing developments.
Monthly Reading Parties. These are conducted at our library sites in 5 housing developments. We are currently expanding these Reading Parties to other housihg developments in Boston neighborhoods.
Train-the-Trainer Parental Involvement in Education Workshops. These workshops represent a series of eight, which are delivered to parent coordinators, literacy liaisons, and multilingual and bilingual coordinators from Boston elementary and middle schools at the John Hancock Education Center. Each facilitator receives a binder with bulleted information for easy delivery; a detailed script; and handouts for their respective schools. For a detailed description of these workshops, please visit our web site at www.projectparents.org and click on workshops
Summer Youth Employment and Training. Youth who reside where PP library sites are located are trained to be Reading Assistants during the summer months with the younger children in support of Mayor Menino's Summer Youth Program.
"The Project Parents Post", a newsletter for parents seeking to be involved in the educational lives of their children at home and in school. This newsletter, eventually to be a newspaper, is under development with 10 Boston Public Schools, Boston University's School of Journalism, and The Boston School Department. Parents will be trained as reporters to get good news about what familes are doing at home and in school to get the best education possible for their children. "The Boston Globe's" Speakers Bureau are training the parents in reporting skills
Project Parents Culture Basket Employment Program hires and trains welfare recipients, homeless people with families and high schools dropouts to produce a line of baskets representative of 25 cultures. Right now, we have five cultures represented American, African, Irish, Italian, and Chinese. The American Culture Basket was on display at The Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street during the month of November. Please see our web site www.projectparents.org for more details on these programs.