February is Parent Leadership Month

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THE CNMI “has a strong community because we have strong parents and strong families,” said Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios as he signed a proclamation on Friday at Kagman Community Center designating February as Parent Leadership Month.

The proclamation recognizes the hardworking parents who took leadership roles in the community, Division of Youth Services Director Vivian Sablan said.

“They are giving their 100 percent to assist others in schools and being a role model to other parents,” she added.

First lady Diann T. Torres, in her remarks, told parents: “Please know that you are important to the lives of your children, the community, our teachers and our leaders. You are the key to your child’s growth and development. If you want your child to succeed in life, be that key.”

On the part of DYS, Sablan said it has programs that support parents, and these include Parents Anonymous which, aims to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect.

Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios, second right, on Friday signed a proclamation designating February as Parent Leadership Month. Also in photo are Department of Community and Cultural Affairs Secretary Robert Hunter, left, first lady Diann Torres, second left, and Division of Youth Services Director Vivian Sablan, right.  Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

“It is a program run by parents,” Sablan said. “Anyone can come in to talk and reach out to other parents to address any parenting issues they may have,” Sablan added.

“Our hope is to collectively come together and have this huge support for one another.”

It was Parents Anonymous, which initiated Parent Leadership Month in February 2004 to recognize the “extraordinary courage of parents who have reached out to make improvements in their families and communities.”

According to the proclamation, “Parent leadership is successfully achieved when parents receive support and training in addition to shared responsibility, expertise and leadership in the planning, implementation, and assessment and evaluation of policies, practices and programs affecting families and communities.”

In fiscal year 2019, DYS’ Family and Youth Enhancement Program- Parent Education Services served 613 parents and 366 children on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota.

The 2019 parent leadership workshop, for its part, served 23 parent nominees and 119 parent participants on Saipan; eight parent nominees and 61 parent participants on Tinian; and seven parent nominees and 56 parent participants on Rota.