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The ability to become empowered is within each one of us, just below the surface, all we need is someone to care enough, to tap into us. I enjoy tapping into the undiscovered wealth of parents and marveling at the strength, the passion, the resources and the strong desire to be empowered that comes rushing forth, spills over onto their families and transforms their entire existence. One day someone tapped into me and it changed the lives of my family and I forever. Parents are the head of the family, turn the head and the body will follow.

Sarita Sashington

Café Community of Practice Team Lead
Senior Trainer

(800) 805-2505, ext. 2

sarita@bestrongfamilies.net

Sarita M. Sashington is the dedicated and loving wife of Gregory L. Sashington Sr. and mother of three young adults Quanika, Gregory Jr. and Keziah.

For over fifteen years raising up parent involvement has been one of her biggest passions. She most recently worked as a Family Leadership Coordinator at Mays Academy under Children’s Home + Aid where she was responsible for encouraging and empowering parents to become involved in their children’s education. Under her leadership parent involvement flourished thanks to activities which included Family Literacy Night, Empowering My Sisters-Woman’s Conference, informative workshops, fun-in-house activities, resource fairs, adult learning classes and good old fashioned relationship building.

Eight years ago, she attended a Be Strong Families /Strengthening Families Illinois Parent Café and has been a devoted fan every since. She has always had a desire to belong to an organization that not only believes in empowering parents, but puts the funds and the efforts behind making it happen

Sarita has been a strong advocate of parent involvement since 1995. Her past commitments include Parent Facilitator of the Dr. Alan Child’s SMART program, Illinois Afterschool Network Conference Presenter (2009), Guest Speaker for The Annual Youth Guidance Parent Leadership Conference (2008), Chairperson of Oglesby Elementary Local School Council, Family Literacy Facilitator of FAST Start Learning Center (St. Leo Head Start), Chairperson & Secretary of Catholic Charities Parent Policy Council and City-Wide Policy Council Alternate.

She currently holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Columbia Southern University.

Joined in 2013.