Stand University for Parents expanding

Parent & Family Engagement | 10/22/2015

Kate Shepherd
Marketing and Communications Director

Kate Shepherd is the Marketing and Communications Director for Stand for Children Indiana.

For the first time, Stand for Children Leadership Center Indiana’s family engagement program will be offered in four Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) in one semester.

In partnership with IPS, the organization has chosen four new host schools for Stand University for Parents (Stand UP).  Introductory meetings at Wendell Phillips Elementary # 63, Elder Diggs Elementary # 42, Louis B. Russell, Jr. Elementary # 48 and Stephen Foster Elementary # 67 begin this week.

Stand UP is a six-week, research-based family engagement program that focuses on action steps parents can take immediately to get more involved in their children’s academics and ensure their kids are on track to college or career readiness.  

"We are excited for our partnership with Stand University for Parents and the ability for our parents to become more involved with their student’s educational experience at Wendell Phillips 63," said Wendell Phillips Elementary Principal Paul Wirth. 

Stand UP was launched in Indianapolis in 2014 and 142 parents, grandparents and guardians have graduated from the program in nine IPS schools.  For each of the three semesters since the program was started in Indiana, Stand has held classes in three host schools. 

This semester, the program is expanding to meet increased demand from IPS schools.

“Word has spread that Stand UP graduates are tremendous advocates for the children in their lives and for IPS,” said Stand Indiana Executive Director Justin Ohlemiller.  “We felt it was necessary to expand to four schools this semester in order to serve as many families as possible.”

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