Project HELP is a Child Abuse Prevention Program that has been in existence since 1992 and is accredited by the National Exchange Club. As a mission-driven organization, the Board of Directors and staff are committed to enhancing the lives of children and families. Guided by the Strengthening Families Framework and the National Exchange Club’s Parent Aide Model, our organization strives to integrate the Protective Factors approach into our programs and practice. The strengthening families approach is grounded in research and benefits all families irrespective of race, religion, or socioeconomic status. It builds on family strengths, bolsters family resilience, and promotes better outcomes for children. Our board and staff work continuously to provide quality services designed to empower parents with the resources necessary to provide for their children’s health and well-being.
Project HELP accomplishes its mission of empowering parents, nurturing families, and strengthening communities by providing home-based parent mentoring services and parenting education workshops. We believe that being a parent or caregiver is one of the most important jobs in the world, and yet, at times, the most challenging. Our professionally trained Parent Mentors work withfamilies parenting children from birth to 12 years old, establishing a plan to help transform their home environment and expand their capacity to function more effectively as a cohesive unit. In addition to the support of Parent mentoring, Project HELP supports families through providing parent-education workshops out in the community.
The Parent Education Workshop uses the evidence-based Active Parenting curriculum developed by Active Parenting Publishers Inc. During these six hour-long workshops our highly skilled facilitators teach parents and caregivers simple and practical techniques that can reduce stress and eliminate arguments often associated with disciplining children. Through the workshops, parents develop more appropriate expectations for their children, learn how to teach children with empathy, and how to respond to and effectively manage their child’s behavior. Parents also learn how to provide opportunities for children to grow through mistakes and to learn from the consequences of their choices.
Providing education is extremely important because research shows that introducing caregivers to a comprehensive model of parenting and educating them on the basics of child development helps to decrease parental frustration and boost brain development. Project HELP hosts workshops in a variety of different settings throughout DuPage County such as local police departments, multiple school districts, early childhood programs, other social service agencies, as well as local apartment communities. We believe that our program is as successful as it is unique because of the broad impact of taking our services directly to the communities coupled with a narrowed focused of providing direct support through home visits.