Cleveland, OH

Parent Ambassadors help schools build relationships

Angela Kervorkian-Wattle

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Cleveland, OH – To help build relationships between families and the school district, several moms and dads took on the role of being parent ambassadors this summer. This is part of the Parent Ambassador Program which will continue this fall. This job is paid $15 an hour.

“This is a cultural change,” said Tracy Hill. She is the Executive Director of the District’s Family and Community Engagement Department. “The parent ambassadors will be that bridge for our parents in terms of building peer-to-peer networks and helping to provide opportunities for them to be engaged.” Tiffinnaie J. Hale, a mother of two daughters who attend Wilson Prek-8 School said that she has spent most of her time as a parent ambassador to provide parents with information and resources about the District.

“They even asked my opinion about certain things, so I try and build honest relationships,” stated Hale. Other parent ambassadors, say hello to parents during drop-off and pickup times to make their presence known. Not only do they build relationships with parents but also with the school staff by with their day-to-day operations during the Summer Learning Experience Program. This program was introduced to reconnect students with school after a year of remote learning.

Parent ambassadors can act as a liaison between other parents, caregivers, or the schools to help increase engagement by working with both families and school staff. “I believe, as parents, we do have an active voice in our children’s education,” said Gesta Miller, a parent ambassador at Robert H. Jameson Leadership Academy and Robinson G. Jones Prek-8 School.

The Parent Ambassador’s Program was started by the Cleveland Metro School District with federal COVID relief funds earlier this year. Apart from parent ambassadors, they also hired a total of 12 student ambassadors for the summer. These student ambassadors became role models for the students attending the summer learning program. But these students only worked for the summer.

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