The program empowers youth to improve their literacy skills,increase their reading levels and develop an appreciation of learning. Merrick's Youth Development Staff members and Volunteers are dedicated, professionals serving Merrick Youth and their families providing leadership training for older youth ages 13 16.Service learning is a critical component of the program
Through home-based services, parenting groups and workshops, parents acquire the knowledge,skills and tools to increase their families’ strengths. Through family outings and events families are given the opportunity to learn how to have fun together. Parents also learn the skills necessary to help their children improve their reading as well as learning to love and appreciate the joy of reading. Parents learn how to model and practice effective strategies that help their children become better readers.They also become equipped with the tools to advocate for their child and communicate with their child’s teacher and the school. A Parent Advisory Group partners with the Family Worker to develop programming that is relevant to the families.For more information, please contact:
Tracey Pollard at (651) 771-9339.