Regional Parent Engagement Advisory Groups


We envision a world of parenting communities where everyone lives in a community invested in the safety and strength of its families. Our goal is to assist parents with overcoming adverse life circumstances, owning their own truth and being real about who they are and where they are. Parent Leaders are the foundation of the community. These advisory groups are created to provide a forum for parents and to support parent leadership.




Be Strong Families Regional Parent Engagement Advisory Groups (RPEAs) are made up of parents who are ready to be the architects of change in the lives of children and families who have been trained in Parent Cafés and are committed to building Protective Factors. They model the Be Strong Families vision of parent leadership. The parent leaders share their own story of Parent Cafés and the power of meaningful parent engagement, and have the opportunity to weigh in on a national agenda and local work through delivering Parent Cafés, piloting and giving feedback around new trainings and Cafés and bringing parent issues and concerns to the table. There are RPEAs currently in Philadelphia, Chicago, and Los Angeles, with groups to come soon in Oakland and Washington, D.C.

As part of a Regional Parent Engagement Advisory Group, parents can expect:

  • Joy, accomplishment, and vitality by changing lives as a parent leader.

  • Participation in monthly meetings with the group.

  • Personal support through leadership training and speakers training.

  • Use of our network and resources to support other parents to build protective factors, vitality and BSF values.


CONTACT US if you are part of a parent-led Parent Café effort and want to learn more about how to become a Be Strong Families Regional Parent Engagement Advisory Group.