August 24, 2018

Parent Leadership Classes & Participatory Action Research

Parent Leadership Classes

Research demonstrates that parent and family buy-in is key to reducing youth recidivism. Ubuntu holds regular parent leadership classes that help parents better understand the system, advocate for their child, prioritize their family’s social and economic well-being, and gain job skills to combat persistent unemployment and underemployment.

Interested parents have the option to work with Ubuntu once they complete the leadership classes, either as youth mentors or as parent navigators.
Participatory Action Research Projects

The results of our first project, Parents Fighting for Youth Justice, are now available online. In this program, parents learned basic research skills, identified a problem, explored various methodologies, and participated in research, analysis, and drawing conclusions.

Our second participatory research project, focusing on language barriers in the courthouse, was completed in collaboration with Tulane University’s Mellon Program. In this project, parents worked together with court stakeholders to identify key terms in the legal process and develop a map of the juvenile court process. From this cohort, one of our first Parent Navigators, Tiffany Hicks, joined our team.