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.
We also run participatory action research projects with parents. The results of our first project, Parents Fighting for Youth Justice, is now available online. In this program, parents learn basic research skills, identify a problem, explore various methodologies, and participate in research, analysis, and drawing conclusions.
Look out for our second participatory research project, focusing on language barriers in the court house, which we are currently completing in collaboration with Tulane University’s Mellon Program!