How does PEP work?
The program is conducted by a UConn Extension trained facilitator from a family resource center, community agency or faith community. The facilitator provides ten two-hour training sessions on the following topics:
-values- verbal and non-verbal communication skills
- active listening
- problem solving
- understanding the helping role
- understanding ourselves and others as parents
- understanding our children
- our community and its leaders
- action planning- community opportunityFollowing the formal training sessions, participants attend weekly educational/support sessions and work on two or more individual or group projects that benefit the community. In the past PEP participants have conducted a variety of community projects including organizing town wide events, conducting family literacy projects, developing a resource booklet for parents, developing a children's library at a housing project, and collecting funds for children's playscape. Generally participants commit four to eight months to the program.
Who trains the PEP facilitators?
UConn Extension provides two days of facilitator training, and provides a 200 page PEP manual. Youth PEP for high school students and the Spanish translation of PEP are also available. Training is generally held at the Hartford County Extension Center, 1800 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford CT and costs $200.00. Volunteers wishing to facilitate the program in a correctional center are admitted free upon approval of the Extension Educator. Please contact us for more information, or a copy of the PEP manual.
Where is PEP?The PEP program is adaptable to a variety of settings and can be found at family resource centers, community based agencies, faith communities and correctional centers throughout Connecticut and in other states. Contact us if you are looking to participate, and we can help you find a group.
Who benefits?PEP participants, PEP facilitators and communities benefit.
Participants:PEP helps participants focus on their own personal strengths. They enhance their communication skills, problem solving abilities, parenting and relationship skills, and they achieve a greater understanding of, and become more involved with their communities.
Facilitators:PEP helps facilitators learn more about their community and gain skills in working with groups.
Communities:PEP helps build leaders who take an active role in their community.
Dr. Cathy Love, PEP Program Administrator, received the Pharos Award from the APLU Commission on Access, Diversity and Excellence to recognize her lifetime commitment to addressing issues of diversity, access and success. She and Dean Gregory Weidemann are shown at the November 10th, 2013 APLU meeting in Washington DC.