United Way


Fostering Family Leaders

Fostering Family Leaders

The Fostering Family Leaders (FFL) Program is a series of ten two-hour workshops designed to train and support emerging parent leaders.  The goal of the FFL is to build the skills and capacity of parents to take greater leadership roles in the systems serving their children, including early learning programs and schools.  The program draws on the universals of family support and community organizing, promoting a leadership approach that is based on mutual respect, equity, shared power, and recognition of strengths. 

Activities include:

  • Interactive workshops for parents to develop and expand their competence related to addressing identified issues/needs at their child’s school or in their community
  • Between session activities designed to build relationships between parents and their children, as well as service providers/educators
  • Exploring tools to strengthen the ability to advocate for children and engage in schools and communities

Session topics include:

  • Setting a foundation using the Strengthening Families Five Protective Factors
  • Developing a vision and setting goals
  • Recognizing concrete support in times of need
  • Understanding child development and the social emotinal competence of children
  • Understanding the importance of effective school transition
  • Refining existing communication skills and expanding social connections
  • Practicing advocacy to create change in systems
  • And more......

Since the program pilot in 2016, the Fostering Family Leaders program has been implemented throughout metro Atlanta - specifically in Butts, Clayton, Douglas, DeKalb, Fayette, Fulton and Gwinnett counties.  Additionally, during the three years of implementation, the program has helped over 280 individuals build their leadership capacity and increased their knowledge of early childhood development.  Over the course of the years the program has developed many partnerships with various agencies and organizations.  

Partners include:

2016-2017 Partners:  Butts County School System, Clayton County Board of Health, Easter Seals North Georgia, Families First and REACH Services / Fayette County Head Start

2017-2018 Partners: Butts County School System, DeKalb County Board of Health, Easter Seals North Georgia, Emmaus House, Families First and Los Ninos Primero

2018-2019 Partners: Butts County School System, CIS of Douglas County, Easter Seals North Georgia, Emmaus House, Fathers Incorporated, Families First, Georgia PTA and Los Ninos Primero

2019-2020 Partners: CIS of Douglas County, Fathers Incorporated and Georgia PTA