Free one-day parenting classes are now available through the Harris County Resources for Children and Adults JP Court Liaisons program.
The second round of “Teen Awareness” classes begins this fall, in addition to parenting classes offered through the TRIAD Prevention Program. The classes are open to the general public, as well as those required by court.
“We wanted to offer an additional service for those individuals who are due back to court, and there are no PLL (Parenting with Love and Limits) and PTS (Parent/Teen Survival) classes available or scheduled,” said Shenetha Toliver, JP Court program specialist.
Teenagers and their parents will attend two separate group sessions during the class. Parents will discuss tips regarding their child’s grades and attendance and building relationships with school officials. Students will learn about goal setting and decision-making, proper ways to show respect, social media etiquette and the dangers of running away and human trafficking.
The Teen Awareness class was piloted last school year with three one-day classes. More than 150 parents and teenagers attended the classes.
“The class is one day, but the skills our participants learn are far more long-lasting,” said Dina Johnson, JP Court program specialist.
Activities for the parents include creating a task list to aid attendance monitoring of their students and writing a letter of praise to their student, which the facilitators mail the following week on their behalf.
“We aim for parents to feel empowered and students to feel valued,” Johnson said. “Our experience is once they feel this, the families thrive.”
Teen Awareness classes are offered once a month.
Follow Harris County Resources for Children and Adults on Facebook and Twitter for updated information regarding the Teen Awareness classes. You may also contact any JP Court Liaison at the local JP Court or your precinct with questions about the class.