Parents on a Mission is a parent leadership program I developed in response to listening to and learning about the home life of high-risk youth I counseled at a local junior high school many years ago.
My case load included students that were active gang members, using drugs, sexually active, and some were even suicidal due to issues of abuse and abandonment they were experiencing behind closed doors.
Eventually I knew I needed to make home visits to actually meet and talk with the parents of my students—and that’s when the light went on for me as I saw how there was an obvious lack of respect, relationship, accountability, discipline and overall family dysfunction. At that point I decided to stop mentoring youth and start mentoring parents. Hence, Parents on a Mission (POM) was born.
That was back in the 1990’s. Today POM is a nationally recognized program being implemented in various communities in several different States by school districts, and faith and community based organizations serving high-risk youth & families.
Most recently in February, the Colorado Department of Corrections accepted POM as their pre-release program for parent inmates reintegrating back to their families and communities. In addition, this month a High School in Santa Maria, CA sent five staff members to be certified as POM Leaders that can now offer their parents a solid program to help parents learn how to prevent their children from joining gangs.
POM has created a movement for parent leadership as the best means of responding to youth delinquency and placing the responsibility for developing safe communities where it belongs—on parents raising good citizens that they then send out into the community everyday.