Welcome to the Folsom Cordova Unified School District’s Parent Engagement Project Webpage!Our mission is to unite parents and schools for student success. Study after study shows students consistently do better academically when parents are involved in their children’s education. The district’s Parent Engagement Project (PEP) is dedicated to supporting parents in taking an active role in their children’s academic life, and our goal is to identify and remove barriers impeding parents from doing so.
What is the Parent Engagement Project? The Parent Engagement Project is a team consisting of four full time AmeriCorps VISTAs who work as Volunteers In Service To America. VISTA is a domestic service program of the federal Corporation for National and Community Service. Modeled after the Peace Corps, VISTA engages Americans in capacity-building projects that fight poverty. Launched in the 1960’s as part of President Johnson’s “War on Poverty,” VISTA is part of the national service family of programs that includes AmeriCorps, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), the Foster Grandparent Program and the Senior Companion Program.
The Corporation assigns full-time VISTA positions for up to three years to organizations through a competitive application process. VISTA is a grant of human resources, not a grant of funding. The host organizations provide the direction, operational support and supervision for the VISTAs, while the federal agency provides the VISTAs with a “subsistence allowance,” healthcare coverage, and an end-of-service educational award or a post-service stipend. VISTAs serving in our region receive only about $860 per month to live on during their term of service, thus modeling their own personal dedication to understanding the conditions of poverty. VISTAs may not have another job, nor may they be enrolled in school during their sworn term of service. Upon completion of service, a VISTA has up to seven years to utilize a $4,725 educational award, which will pay for existing student loans or may be applied to future school costs. In keeping with the anti-poverty focus of all VISTA projects, our Parent Engagement Project is especially designed to build strong school-family connections with parents who live in poverty and/or have limited English proficiency.
On our page, we will keep families in touch with our current plans, past and future events, and provide helpful links, articles, and resources.