Students are dropping out of high school or not applying to college at alarming rates. Luther Burbank High School's Parent University aims to educate parents and provide resources that can assist parents to better understand the high school experience and post high school opportunities.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
In order to effectively engage and nurture Luther Burbank's college-going culture, the educators needed to engage parents on a whole different level. Many of our students were either not applying to college and/or were not going to college because of concerns related to financial burdens, lack of parental support, not something that they had really thought about, etc. Many of the issues were centered around lack of information for parents, especially parents who were not college graduates.
How will this project solve this problem?
The idea behind Parent University is that parents will have enough knowledge to begin the college dialogue with their children and embed the expectation that college is possible and attainable. The hope is that the momentum built by these family dialogues and expectations will cross over to action on the part of the student, especially in regards to following through with the application process.
Potential Long Term Impact
More informed/engaged parents will lead to more informed/engaged students. When students feel support from their parents, they’ll intuitively want to do better in school and be inspired to continue their success in college. The goal is that parents will help us to grow our rate of college-going students by continuing to dialogue, motivate, and encourage their sons/daughters to pursue high education. Additionally, engaged and connected parents will better support the school in other capacities.
This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.