It is with deep gratitude that we acknowledge our community partners for their invaluable contributions to the success of
Parent Leadership Month
Speak Up! Take Action! Create Change!
Parent Leadership Month Partners
Advocates for Children of New Jersey
The Center for Family Services
The Department of Children and Families
The East Orange Child Development Corporation
Family Intervention Services
Horizon NJ Health
The National Institute on Family Success
Newark Now/Fathers Now
The Statewide Parent Advocacy Network
The New Jersey Alliance of Family Support Organizations
The Nicholson Foundation
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May 18, 2013
National Parent Leadership Month
Speak Up! Take Action! Create Change!
Our sincere thanks and admiration
to all New Jersey Parent Leaders who work every day to ensure that parent voices are heard throughout our State wherever and whenever programs and policies that
affect families are planned and implemented.
Celebrating Parents Statewide
In 2003, President Bill Clinton designated February as National Parent Leadership Month. Since that time, Parents Anonymous of New Jersey, Inc. has used February to hold regional celebrations honoring initially just Parent Leaders in the Parents Anonymous Program. Five years ago we made the decision to open our celebration and invite organizational partners throughout the state to recognize and honor their Parent Leaders.
This year two Parent Leadership Breakfasts were held, one in Camden County in collaboration with the Camden County Community Planning and Advocacy Council (CPAC )and in Newark at the BF Johnson Community Center. Record numbers of Parent Leaders attended to celebrate the importance of meaningful parent involvement in families, programs and communities.
Over 285 Parent Leaders were recognized this year with four special awards given to nominated Parent Leaders and Professionals. The South Jersey Jolly K award, named for the Parents Anonymous Founder was presented to Henrietta Washington acknowledging her leadership and tenacious voice for parents living in Camden. The Juanita Chavez Award (Parent Champion) was presented to Lisa Gates who has facilitated a Parents Anonymous group at the Cumberland, Salem, and Gloucester Family Support Organization for over five years. Camden Freeholder Carmen Rodriquez welcomed and congratulated the Parent Leaders and read a proclamation from Camden Mayor Dana Redd. CPAC CEO Diana Crone thanked her Parent Leadership Council and organizational sponsors and along with Parents Anonymous Executive Director, Kathleen Roe, presented the Parent Leadership Certificates to over 100 Parent Leaders.
This year a panel of parents and professionals spoke at both breakfasts about the importance of Parent Leadership. Using our annual theme, "Speak Up, Take Action and Create Change", Parent Leaders were passionate about using their voice in their families, and communities to create change.
In Newark at the BF Johnson Community Center over 230 parents registered to attend the Parent Leadership Breakfast. DCF Director of Family and Community Partnerships, Lisa Von Pier welcomed attendees and presented the Juanita Chavez Award (Parent Champion) to Sherrie Featherstone a Parents Anonymous Facilitator who has been doing groups for over 15 years. This year she started the first H.O.P.E.S. group for adult survivors of abuse at Newark's Beth Israel Child Abuse Treatment Center. Executive Director Kathleen Roe presented the Jolly K Award to Ms. Hazel Smith, a community activist and Parent Leader in Newark. Special thanks were given to our oldest partner, the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network and Executive Co-Director Diana Autin and Kathleen Roe presented the Parent Leadership Certificates.
A Magical Night at the
Father Time Kings and Pricesses Dance
Article submitted by: Jeff Johnson, Keansburg Father Time Facilitator
The Father Time dance was unbelievable even by Father Time standards, with over 250 Kings escorting their Princesses!
This year we used the gym for the dance and the cafeteria for the dinner. The Father Time dads picked up their tickets, signed in and headed off for a corsage and a tiara for their Princesses.
Corsages were silk this year so the girls can keep them, each one handmade and unique. These amazing corsages were made by a local special needs vo-tech class. The girl's little gowns were over the top gorgeous. Women volunteers were literally tearing up as the little princesses and their kings arrived at the front door.
The Father Time fathers INSISTED on cooking all the food this year, I favored a caterer, they overruled me. The dinner was delicious; ziti, homemade marinara, salad, bread, cup cakes made by member wives/gals. The DJ donated his time, played sweet/perfect tunes; one song I remember while I was flying around was that sweet tune by Luther Van Dross, "Dance with My Father Again" ever hear it? I shot some candid slow dance shots during this song, my eyes actually filled up unexpectedly, thinking about how sweet the event, life, my daughters, and my dad were/are. Another memory came to me as I watched the gaze that several dads had on their faces looking into their youngest daughter's eyes while holding them up and slow dancing with them. One father said he came all the way from Pennsylvania to be with his daughter that night - his daughter's hold on his hand while they slow danced confirmed this!
Two professional Disney like Princesses walked around and took photos and danced with the girls. The girls LOVED them, following them everywhere and gathering at their feet. I overheard many asking, "Do you know Belle? Are you a super hero? Can you come to my Birthday party? Do you really live in a castle?"...These two young women were majoring in acting and played the part beautifully. We lost our photographer at the 11th hour, and a teacher and his wife (Jesse and Christine) stepped up and filled in masterfully. We were once again blessed with our small army of volunteers (wives, girlfriends, children of group members and school staff)! We had smooth jazz playing (Pandora) during dinner, thanks to a teen son of one of our group members, who helped us with high tech link ups. The cafeteria was decorated with pink and red tablecloths and balloon groupings; each table had two fresh flower arrangements which one new member's wife made. The dads got to take this home and loved them. This royal evening will be hard to top next year!