Parent and Community Engagement
An integral component of M.O.M.I.E’s educational strategy is the involvement and participation of parents, families, and friends in children’s learning.
Engaging Parents and the Community in M.O.M.I.E's Learning Cis-Tem
Program staff are in consistent communication with parents about their child’s performance, and work collaboratively to support each child. Staff engage parents and caregivers in M.O.M.I.E's Programs in various ways, including:
- Volunteerism: Parents support M.O.M.I.E's by volunteering in the After School and Safe Haven Summer Camp Program, donating supplies and materials, and offering general Program and special event support.
- Program Development: Parents participate in M.O.M.I.E's Programming and offer to implement creative ideas and new initiatives. For example, one parent even secured city funding to implement the Artivism Youth Emowerment Initiative - to introduce activism through the arts - in the After School Program.
- Advisory Board Involvement: M.O.M.I.E's makes it a priority to engage parents in the Advisory Board to support organizational development, strategic planning and fundraising efforts.
- Fundraising: Parents lead major fundraising events, including M.O.M.I.E's Annual Fundraising Gala in February, The Great Persons Ball, and other special fundraising events.
- Advocacy and Training: M.O.M.I.E's partnered with EmpowerDC to help develop advocacy skills and decision-making strategy for parents who were involved in the Childcare for All Campaign. Through this partnership, parents lobbied the city council and played a significant role in scoring a victory of $21 million dollars in increased funding for childcare vouchers for low and moderate-income families.