LEND Family Mentorship Models

This training strategy gives trainees a look into a “day in the life” of families that cannot be taught in classrooms or found in books. Family mentorship also benefits families themselves. Families learn to mentor, which increases their self-esteem and helps them realize that their lives and stories matter; this may lead them to be active advocates for their children and their community. This document is written by a group of LEND programs for other LEND programs and contains several examples of this experience from across the network.

Thank you to the following LEND programs for sharing examples of family mentorship:

  • Alabama LEND
  • Iowa LEND
  • Kansas LEND
  • Miami LEND
  • Oklahoma LEND
  • Oregon LEND
  • Pittsburgh LEND
  • Rhode Island LEND
  • South Dakota LEND
  • Utah LEND
  • Virginia LEND
  • Washington LEND
  • Wisconsin LEND

This document was developed by members of the LEND Family Discipline Network:

With support from:

Resource Topic(s): Community Engagement, Curriculum Development and Delivery, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Resource Target
LEND/DBP Faculty or Staff, LEND/DBP Leadership, LEND/DBP Trainees
Resource Format(s): Curriculum/Educational Material
Resource Published: 08/25/2022

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