WE LISTEN TO YOUR NEEDS.
WE LISTEN TO YOUR NEEDS.
- TENS OF THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES SERVED
- 85% FAMILIES OF COLOR
66% ARE FAMILIES WITH A HOUSEHOLD INCOME OF LESS THAN $50K
At Families Empowered our focus is providing personalized support to parents in a way that honors their time and intellect. We communicate with parents in a way that is culturally sensitive, in their preferred language (more than half our calls are in Spanish, and all our written materials are bi-lingual), and attuned to the deeply personal and important nature of educational decisions for families. And it matters – when we followed up with our parents after 18 months of communicating with them (FE Survey, May 2018):
said the information Families Empowered provided to them was helpful
agreed that we presented information in a neutral manner
agreed that it is important for parents to have a choice in their child’s school
1 in 5
enrolled in a new school and 93% reported being more satisfied
WHAT DO OUR FAMILIES SAY ABOUT US?
After speaking with Families Empowered, I learned about other school options including KIPP, YES Prep, and Harmony. I had never heard of these schools before, and so I wasn’t sure if they were the right fit for my kids. Now that I’ve been through the process, I feel that I am in a better position to investigate and consider school options.
The work that Families Empowered does is a huge help. As a parent I only know of the schools that I’m zoned to, I didn’t know of any other schools in my area. I wasn’t aware that there were any other options. I didn’t think I had a choice.
Give time to people who call you or send you emails to educate you on programs that might be out there. Families Empowered was friendly and informative, and introduced me to a school that I am happy with for my boys.
The advice that I would give other parents is to educate themselves about what is out there, and the help that is available to us.
“Parents should have access to help. Sometimes, though, parents don’t even know that organizations like Families Empowered exist. Not all children are the same. As a parent, you want a better future for your kids. By placing my children in a school that sets rules, teaches them to be more respectful, and helps them to become more responsible young people, I believe I am helping them to succeed.”
“Look for people who can help you and who are willing to go to your community and help you, and have faith that your kids will be accepted to a school of your choice.”
“When you dare to search for a better education for your children, they will find the support that they need to reach their goals.”
“Some parents think that just because we can’t speak English it will be difficult to find resources, but there is always help available.”
“I know there’s a lot of moms like me who are struggling and have problems with their child’s school. They just don’t know that Families Empowered is out there to help us.”
“Families Empowered contacted me and provided me with websites and information on how to search for other schools near my home. After I started doing more research, I found that there were other great options near my home that I never would have known about otherwise.”
“I discovered IDEA after Families Empowered gave me information for a few different schools in my area. Because of Families Empowered I discovered the school my daughter attends now. I believe that parents need this kind of help because it allows us to focus on our individual goals for our children.”
OUR FINANCIAL MODEL.
FAMILIES EMPOWERED IS USED TO DOING A LOT WITH A LITTLE.
We are the only philanthropic organization in the state of Texas providing this service to parents, and we do this work in each of the communities that we serve each and every day. We don’t just talk to parents, we listen. We receive support in our work from the following sources:
- Individual Donations
- Corporate Sponsorships
- Grants and Foundations
- Fee for Service
For more information contact Lily Shen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHO SUPPORTS US?
Families Empowered is honored to have the support of a diverse set of national, state-wide, and local donors. Their generous support enables Families Empowered to provide free, neutral, services to parents so they can to understand, consider, and access all school options available to them. We connect with the community through community partners and generous sponsors.
READ PERSONAL STORIES FROM #EMPOWEREDPARENTS.
EMPOWERED: /ɪmˈpaʊəd/ (adj)
Someone who is stronger and more confident, especially in making decisions.
Our name says it all. We are empowering parents to make the best decisions for their child. Read stories from parents just like you.
I hope that at the right school they will be able to find stability and graduate without needing to switch schools constantly,” Maritza said.
“Paying attention to the mood that they’re in when they get home can show you how they’re doing in schools. I want my kids to be happy, because when they are happy, I see them excel in school. That’s the main factor for my family when I am choosing a school.
LADY SANCHEZ, 5 year old son
“All we knew was that we wanted to find other school options for Jayden,” Sanchez said. “We didn’t know what those options were or how to apply to get in, and Families Empowered helped us to find schools and apply, but also gave us the power to decide between the different school options.
The information we got was complete and made applying to the right schools easier.
Martha Martinez and her son Jose Carlos are excited for all that the new school year has to bring. Juan Carlos will be attending Great Hearts, and he is every bit as excited as his mom to experience a new classroom environment.
Their journey to finding his new school wasn’t easy, but Martha knew that searching for a school was the first step.
SHARE YOUR SUCCESS STORY WITH US
Families Empowered exists to serve parents. We want to tell your family’s story: how you embrace school choice, how you found your best-fit school, or how you are still looking for the right spot.