PEN's Mission is to Support Parents in Raising Healthy, Happy Youth
Recognizing parents as the key to building strong families with thriving youth since 2001
Do you want to protect your children from risks and prepare them for the future?
PEN Book Groups
PEN Book Groups allow parents to come together in a caring environment and discuss a range of topics that support effective parenting. Specific content areas include things like child & adoelscent development, ADD/ADHD, drugs & alcohol use, bullying, and building resilience to name a few. School teachers, & staff, as well as professionals woking with youth and families can also particiate in our book group program.
Click here to get more informaiton or sign up to be part of a book group
Celebrating Bird Migration
Explore the wonderful world of birds in a beautiful place! See a live falcon and other birds of prey up close and view birds in the wild through spotting scopes and binoculars. Learn about migration, marshes and the role avian friends play in our lives. Enjoy games, art projects and a scavenger hunt.
This program begins at the Waneka Lake East parking lot, where Emma St. ends at Caria Drive in Lafayette. For more information, contact Martin Ogle at Martin@EntrepreneurialEarth.com or 720-612-0506 to register.
This is a great event to participate in as a family!
Together with Hillside School, PEN is hosting a coffee talk for parents to engage in conversation about dyslexia. Parents supporting parents, with a panel of experts, is a great was to discuss topics like:
- Navigating 7 classes, 7 teachers and homework
- When to advocate and when to coach to build self-efficacy
- Technology, modifications, tips and tools for school success
- Social-emotional ups and downs
- Celebrating the strengths of a mighty ‘dyslexian’
Monday, October 16th from 9:30-10:30 with networking opportunities before and after
Louisville Alfalfa’s Community Room: 785 S. Boulder Rd. Louisville, CO 80027
Hosting social, informational or educational event for parents and families enhances family-school partnerships. PEN’s interactive course includes basic materials for planning and implementing your own program: vision to action planning on choosing speakers and type of event, marketing, registration, logistical support, as well as tips and ideas to reduce the stress of hosting an event!
October 19, 2017 from 9:30- 11:00 am
BVSD Education Center: 6500 Arapahoe Road Boulder, CO 80303
Opioid Awareness Presentation
Get the facts and engage in facilitated discussions around the use of opioids.
11/6/17 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. @ Boulder H.S.
Premier Members Credit Union will be providing snacks!
How to Raise an Adult
Break Free of the Overparenting Trap & Prepare Your Kid for Success: A community conversation with best-selling author Julie Lythcott-Haims
While empathizing with the parental hopes and, especially, fears that lead to over helping, Lythcott-Haims offers practical alternative strategies that underline the importance of allowing children to make their own mistakes and develop the resilience, resourcefulness, and inner determination necessary for success.
October 24, 2017 from 7:00-9:30 pm
Dawson School: 10455 Dawson Drive, Lafayette, CO
Guiding Our Children to a Mathamatical Future
A 3-PART WORKSHOP specifically designed for parents of ELEMENTARY AGE children
Join us to learn about how current research into the development of mathematical thinking impacts how we teach math to our students, in particular how we teach computation. Participants will leave with an understanding of math development from preschool years up through the elementary years, why our teaching strategies might look different than when you were in school, and tools we can use as parents to help our kids strengthen their math learning including games that YOU will make and take home with you.
73% of teens
say that their relationship with their parent makes them the most happy
thousands of parents, youth, and professionals serving famlies every year
Did you know
you need parenting information years ahead of your child’s experiences?
The Parent Engagement Network (PEN) started in 2001 as part of a call to action when the first Youth Risk Behavior Survey results showed high rates of drug/alcohol use and depression. Caring parents partnered with BVSD staff, and some community organizations. Later, the parents developed PEN to better respond to parent’s needs. We have continued to maintain a strong relationship with the district and a presence in the schools.
We also partners with numerous individuals, organizations and businesses that support youth and families. It is by collaborating with experts and thought leaders in the field that we are able to do the work we do.
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