Spotlight on Positive Parenting
San Marcos, Texas is located between the thriving cities of
San Antonio and Austin, parts of San Marcos are extremely
rural with no public transportation, poor roads and few services
for its residents. Fortunately, it is the home of Southwest
Texas State University, the San Marcos Consolidated Independent
School District and Sonya Lopez. Sonya leads the Casa
Esperanza Parent Alliance which successfully utilizes
student volunteers from the university to assist her in delivering
the Nurturing Program, a nationally recognized program focused
on communication and family strengthening. Translated
into English, Casa Esperanza means "House of Hope."
program, which meets for 2 1/2 hours in the evening once a
week and runs for 12 weeks, has an excellent retention rate.
Between 20 and 30 parents participate in the program.
They sign up to participate to enhance their relationship
skills in every facet of their lives - at work, at home, in
the community. There is a strong focus on their role
as parents and an emphasis on drug and alcohol prevention
within their families.
the parents are meeting in one room, their children are learning
communication skills, resistance techniques and developmental
skills in another area. At the end of the session, parents
and kids join together for a child-friendly activity.
of the graduates are now volunteers helping with the adult
and children's programs. Others are ambassadors to the community
who sing the praises of Casa Esperanza.
more information about how to replicate this program in your
Casa Esperanza Parent Alliance
500 W. Hutchison
San Marcos, TX 78666
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