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?

Our work is based on over 50 years of research indicating that students are more likely to succeed both academically and behaviorally when schools, families, and communities work together.

Upcoming Events

2nd Annual Stress & Anxiety Symposium

PEN recognizes that every parent must at some point wrestle with the battle for time, energy and balance. And, every parent worries that their children will do the same. We have put together more than 30 experts and thought leaders to support you in understanding and managing stress & anxiety. You will get breakfast and lunch provided by Premier Member’s Credit Union, and cutting edge information and strategies to take care of yourself and teach your children to do the same. Don’t be a victim! Join us for the day and learn to Rethink, Reset, and Refresh your relationship to stress & anxiety!

January 27, 2018 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (registration a& breakfast begins at 8:00)

Location: Boulder Valley Christian Church 7100 S Boulder Road Boulder, CO 80303

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Motivational Interviewing for Parents of Teens

Using motivational interviewing, Karen Alonge will teach you a collaborative conversation style that helps enhance motivation and commitment to change. You’ll come away with several strategies for facilitating productive conversations with your teens about creating positive changes in their own lives. You’ll also learn how to minimize your likelihood of triggering resistance and defensiveness.

Join us on February 27th at Fairview High School from 6:30 – 8:00pm


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Enough As She Is

March 12, 2018 @ 6:30 am8:30 pm
Fairview High School, 1515 Greenbriar
Boulder, 80305 United States
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How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy, and Fulfilling Lives A Book Tour and Presentation with Rachel Simmons, Author of Odd Girl Out and Curse of the Good Girl.

Cultures of Dignity

April 5, 2018 @ 6:00 pm8:00 pm
Monarch High School, 329 Camps Drive
Louisville, 80027 United States
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A Presentation with Rosalind Wiseman author of Queenbees and Wannabes, Masterminds and Wingmen. Rosalind Wiseman has been listening to, and occasionally arguing with young people about everything and anything that’s important to them for the past twenty years. All of her work is based on the belief that young people’s experiences are important but often discounted and that adults often give young people advice without listening to them first.


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 & adolescent development, ADD/ADHD, drugs & alcohol use, bullying, and building resilience to name a few.  School teachers,  & staff, as well as professionals working with youth and families can also particiate in our book group program.

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PEN provides educational opportunities, support, resources and tools that will help you protect your child from life’s risks, as well as raise them to be strong and successful in life.  Staff and parent volunteers work together to ensure that PEN programs are relevant, engaging, and responsive to the ever-changing challenges facing parents. 

Read the Boulder Valley School District’s Annual Letter of Support

PEN is honored to have 3 programs that are recognized as Promising Practices for Family and School Partnership through the CDE!

Legacy ECM Systems


Be prepared and build strengths in your family


Failed ECM Projects


Understand, Protect, and Respond to Risk-Taking Behaviors


Avoid Content Chaos


Support your child in becoming a healthy, productive adult



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Our Partners

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.


Our Sponsors

PEN relies on its generous sponsors to continue to provide free and greatly reduced services.

73% of teens

say that their relationship with their parent makes them the most happy


PEN reaches

thousands of parents, youth, and professionals serving famlies every year

Did you know

you need parenting information years ahead of your child’s experiences?

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