Evanston Township High School (ETHS) has announced a new Parent Ambassador Program to engage more current and prospective ETHS families with the high school. The program seeks to enlist current ETHS parents, guardians and adult family members as “Ambassadors” who will help foster connections and build partnerships with the high school. This program is the first widespread effort to support the District’s commitment to broadening family outreach and engagement at the high school.
Through this program, parents serve as ambassadors for initiatives and activities sponsored by the ETHS Communications and Student Supports offices with the goal of making the ETHS experience a positive one for families. Parent Ambassadors will participate in on-campus events and take part in outreach initiatives for prospective ETHS families, such as welcoming new families, assisting them with questions and connecting them with school resources, including other ETHS parent groups. The program also gives Parent Ambassadors an opportunity to engage the high school’s diverse student and family populations, including multicultural, first generation, and LGBT communities.
“Our experience in the Evanston/Skokie community tells us that parents of ETHS students want to be involved in the high school. They want to help build community and provide guidance and advice to new and prospective families,” said Evangeline Semark Lemoine, ETHS Communications Director. “For the first time, we are focusing our efforts on empowering parents to share their ETHS experiences and impressions with other parents.”
The high school also has a Student Ambassador program that recruits current ETHS students to provide insight, information and assistance for students and families at various school-wide events. Parent and Student Ambassadors will work in tandem, providing unique perspectives to students and families. A long-term plan for the Ambassadors programs includes an Alumni Ambassador program that would include maintaining connections with trained Student Ambassadors as they transition into alumni.
“We are proud of this new approach and believe it will help make high school more personalized while helping students and their families feel even better about the experiences they have when visiting ETHS,” said Alicia Hart, Assistant Director of Student Supports and Equity. “This is a significant move in our ongoing commitment to family engagement.”
All parents, guardians or adult family members of current ETHS students are invited to apply as volunteers in the Parent Ambassador Program by completing an online interest form. Interested parents may submit forms through Wednesday, April 11 to volunteer for the 2012-13 school year.
For more information visit the Parent Ambassador web page of the ETHS website http://www.eths.k12.il.us/parents/ambassadors/.