Isaiah 43 Parenting and Mentoring Program
“I have called you by name and you are mine… you are precious in my eyes and I love you” -Isaiah 43
Isaiah 43 is a parenting and mentoring program that provides services to families, church parishes, and communities that strengthen their capacities for peacebuilding. Created in partnership with the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Isaiah 43 is rooted in Judeo-Christian values and teachings. Youth and families are empowered to be peacemakers, to be active in promoting peace in their neighborhoods, and to live by the values of love, peace, and forgiveness. The program engages youth and parents to encourage peaceful conflict resolution, skillful communication, constructive discipline, forgiveness, and leadership development.
Isaiah 43 was developed to help youth, families, and parishes strengthen skills for peacebuilding through mentoring activities, parenting fellowships, family support, ministry development, and community collaboration. Isaiah 43 partners with parishes interested in supporting families with these services.
Parish Based Services
Fellowship workshops provide a non-threatening environment for parents and caregivers to share and learn from each other while building a network of support. Workshops are rooted in faith and prayer, and incorporate Judeo-Christian scriptural teachings as they address critical parenting issues.
Isaiah 43 uses Christian Active Parenting curriculum in which participants explore strategies to enhance parenting skills that will enable them to develop a strong loving relationship with their child.
- Styles of parenting
- Active communication
- Effective discipline
- Problem solving
- Understanding misbehavior
- Parenting for school success
Traditional and non-traditional parents, grandparent caregivers and others helping to raise a child are welcome.
Isaiah 43’s mentoring program pairs youth ages 10-18 with mentors for a yearlong one-on-one relationship.
Based on national best practices, the mentoring program helps to address the emotional and spiritual needs of young people by giving them a safe and supportive environment for positive development to occur. Over 12 months, mentees will meet with their mentors about 4 hours each month in both group and individual settings.
Group activities throughout the year focus on building community, strengthening relationships, exploring relevant issues, goal setting, and reinforcing Christian values.
One-on-one activities allow the mentee and mentor to develop a relationship, share new experiences and have fun together.
Mentors must be 25 years old, successfully complete mentor training and screening, and able to commit one year to the program.
“Bless parents that they may form their children in faith. Bless and protect our youth that they may be peacemakers of our time.” – Our Family Prayer
PARISH LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
Isaiah 43 is helping to cultivate leadership skills in the people we serve as well as other community members interested in making a difference in their community. Our goal is to help church parishes determine the best way to be engaged in Isaiah 43 as well as foster leadership skills in those individuals interested in helping to lead the program at their parish.
Isaiah 43 partners with parish leaders and volunteers to build their build their capacity to develop and maintain successful Isaiah 43 ministries. Services include planning and development sessions, leadership development, and evaluation. By training and building the capacity of community members, Isaiah 43 increases its reach, and builds resources within the community so that the program can be sustained.
Family Support Services
Family Support Services provides more in-depth support to parents and families enrolled in Isaiah 43’s parenting and mentoring program. Families work one-on-one with a licensed clinical social worker to learn how to effectively apply Christian Active Parenting strategies, navigate the school system, understand child development and behavior, and more.
Young Peacemakers Leadership Council (YPLC)
YPLC is a group of young people who are taking action to create peace in our community. Members learn how to interact with community leaders, advocate, understand the legislative process, and learn strategies to lead their peers in peacebuilding efforts. YPLC is open to any eighth grade or high school student.
Peace Prayer Walks
In collaboration with Catholic Charities’ Office of Justice and Peace and the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ Office of Racial Harmony, Isaiah 43 organizes monthly peace prayer walks. Parishes in the Archdiocese of New Orleans take turns hosting peace prayer walks to promote peace, unity, and relationship building.
Peace walks are held on the last Tuesday of every month at 6 PM. Upcoming dates are:
|May 29||St. Augustine (1210 Governor Nicholls St)|
|June 26||Sacred Heart of Jesus (401 Spruce St)|
|July 31||St. Louis Cathedral (615 Pere Antoine Alley)|
|August 28||St. Cletus (3600 Claire Ave)|
|September 28||St. Benilde/Archbishop Rummel High School (1901 Division St)|
|October 30||University of Holy Cross (4123 Woodland Dr)|
|November 27||All Saints Parish (1441 Teche St)|
“Give consolation to those who have lost loved ones through violence…give us the perseverance to be a voice for life and human dignity in our community.” – Our Family Prayer
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