The end of July marked the end of our Summer Parent Leadership Program, when our participants met for the last time to celebrate their accomplishments. What brought us together was a love of learning. This summer, we expanded the learning beyond the classroom walls. We visited the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, The Betty J. Johnson North Sarasota Library, and The Women’s Resource Center and the Career Closet. We invited amazing motivational speakers to come to our classes, such as author and business woman, Jane Plitt; artist and Reiki master, Ingrid Brandt; Officer and Commercial Associate of Bank of America, Paula Rincon; and Program Coordinator for JFCS Healthy Families/Healthy Children, Anna Baker.
Our parents received copies of Jane Plitt’s book, Martha the Hairpreneur, obtained new library cards, learned about managing money, and signed up for programs offered by both the Library and Healthy Families/Healthy Children. Besides expanding their knowledge of the English language, these parents also made use of the language to expand their horizons and become involved with so many organizations. We built so many bridges and friendships.
Thank you to all the organizations that participated with our summer program, and to St Jude’s Catholic Church, who provided space for us to meet. Also a huge thank you to the Community Foundation of Sarasota, who without their generous support, none of this would be possible.