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Published by marcbmorgan, 2020-01-14 19:16:32

Parenting Workshop Series

parenting workshop series

Parenting workshops ©BTS, November 2018

In the fall of 2018, BTS organized a series of four parenting workshops. Around ten parents
attended at least one of the sessions. 58% of the parents identifies as Black or African American,
33% identifies as Puerto Rican or Hispanic, and 8% identifies as multi-racial. Half (50%) of the
parents had at least one child in Waterbury Public School System (now or in the past). Yet only
13% of the parents felt that WPS did or does an adequate job in affirming their child’s identity. At
the beginning of the workshop, half of the parents feel (very) uncomfortable talking with their
children about their race/ethnic identity, and half feels (very) comfortable.

Most of the parents experienced Experience racism
racism at least once in their life,
mostly at work (67%). Most of the 73% 63%
parents also think their child
experienced racism at least once in 55%
their life, mostly at school (56%). 45%

The data shows that half the 25% 25%
parents were not familiar with
(many) resources in the city that 18%
could affirm their child(ren)’s 13%
identity in a positive way.
work street school other friends street school other

me (n=12) child (n=9)

Number of resources parent is aware off It is not surprising that the parents expressed
excitement and anticipation about the workshop
3 or more, 20% series. One parent wanted to learn “other views on
race”, another said that she wanted to know “how to
none, 50% cope”. Another parent elaborated more saying:
“Become aware of my bias and misinformation for self-
1 to 2, 30% correction”. And one parent hoped that the workshop
n=10 supported her efforts in helping others, wanting to
learn “how to better prepare the youth interact w/ to
deal w/ racial issue and how to be sensitive to their
struggles and concerns”.

Participants were very positive about the workshops, as is indicated in the graph below. All
parents strongly agreed that their children could benefit from the things they learned, that the
subjects are important to discuss, that the workshop was engaging, and that the presenter was
knowledgeable. The vast majority very much agreed that they themselves could learn from the
subjects discussed and that they will use the things learned at home. Not all parents strongly
agreed that the information provided was new; 9% of the parents were familiar with some of the

Post workshop satisfaction, 100% 9%
Parents agreement with the statement 100% 9%
100% 27% 9%
My children can benefit from the things I 100%
learned today 91%
Subjects are important to discuss 64%

Workshop was engaging

Presenter was knowledgeable

I can benefit from the things I learned today

I will use some of the things I learned at home

Information provided was new to me

Very Somewhat Not so much


We asked parents a few narrative questions too. We were specifically interested in what they
learned in the workshops and what subjects would stick with them. Below are the narrative answers of
the few parents who provided them.

Narrative feed back by parents

What did you learn in these workshops?

“Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome”
“All the resources provided was wonderful”
“Social Justice”
“How much it sits in me to divide just Black/White and not so much focus on brown. I am excited with the
incorporation. Plus race is more visual.”
“Different narratives”

What is one thing you will be still thinking about tomorrow?

“the presentation”
“Book recommendations”
“The different narratives I was presented with.”
“How brown will be considered as much as black/white.”
“What else I can do for the children in my community! :) Thank you so much.”

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