This month, Members of Congress took a giant step in officially recognizing the benefits of family civic engagement in our communities by declaring the week of September 12th-16th, 2016 “National Family Service Learning Week.”
The concept of multi-generational service learning was studied and developed by the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), who also funds East Side House’s Family Learning Program. The program, which targets newly arrived immigrant families with young children, focuses on using civic engagement as a means to boost a family’s literacy skills while empowering them to be real agents of change in their communities.
Families who’ve completed the program express that they feel they have a deeper connection to their neighborhoods and have increased social networks. Families learn while garnering valuable skills and resources, making them more employable and better equipped to navigate their new home. A whopping 46% of participants in the countrywide program have gained employment or reported improvements at work.