The Parent Connect program partners with immigrant & refugee communities by organizing mothers who are interested in building community.We work with women who desire a deeper and more effective engagement in the world and support our participants in determining the resources, learning, and networks they need.
We believe every person has self-determination and a voice, and we provide space for those voices to emerge.
Through discussion and group interaction the women build relationships and trust in themselves and each other. What emerges over time is the knowledge and confidence to determine and achieve goals, express needs, access resources to nurture strong families and build safe & thriving communities.
If you are interested in facilitating a Parent Connect program in your community Heartland Democracy is providing a training to equip you with the tools and resources necessary.
Dates: Thursday & Friday May 2 & 3
Time: 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Location: The MN Humanities Center, 987 Ivy Avenue East, St Paul, MN 55106
Registration Deadline: Friday, April 19
Limited English language skills welcomed; interpreters can be made available if needed.
This training is free of charge.
For more information and to register please contact Betsy Sitkoff at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mangala Sharma is originally from Bhutan and came to the United States in 2000 due to the political situation in her home country. She has more than 30 years of experience working in the social services and education, including working with Bhutanese refugees in Nepal with the United Nations. In addition to her consulting role with Heartland Democracy, Mangala currently works for CommonBond Communities as an individual service coordinator, serving immigrants from Somalia, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Nepal, and Cambodia. She has received numerous awards for her work with refugee and immigrant communities, including recognition from Amnesty International and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Betsy Sitkoff is a consultant with Process for Peace LLC, a practice she founded in 2013. Process for Peace provides leadership to organizations, community groups, and schools, addressing a broad range of needs including support for immigrant and refugee families, and family and community violence. She is a community activist, past board president of the Council of Jewish Women MN, and currently sits on the board of Women Winning. She has a degree in child psychology and a parent education license from the University of Minnesota, and a masters degree in public administration from Hamline University.
Thanh Xuan Nguyen is a community organizer and advocate for displaced women and survivors of violence. She was a refugee from Vietnam, experiencing first-hand how to rebuild a life in a new country. She worked in refugee camps in South East Asia, and later managed several programs in the United States to help displaced women become community leaders. She has worked in Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Canada, and the US. She has a masters degree from New York University, a bachelors degree in economics from the University of Lausanne, and a trainers certificate from Global Health Action.