Family Engagement is one of the Four Effective Strategies in helping students access opportunities to create a new future. One of the components in Family Engagement is a visit to the home of the families of students in Peak Education. Visits are conducted by Peak Education staff and Board members to foster positive relationships and a better understanding of the needs of the students and their families. Families are visited three times throughout the 10 years students are mentored in Peak Education. In 2013, Peak Education staff and Board members visited 23 families in their homes.
The process for Peak Education home visits is based on the Balti proverb as described in the Book Three Cups of Tea. “….the first time you share tea with a Balti, you are a strange; the second time you take tea, you are an honored guest; and the third time you share a cup of tea, you become family”.
The purpose of the Peak Education home visits is
• To have a deeper understanding of the family
• To have a deeper understanding of the family’s capacity to be the first and best advocate for their child, and
• To determine how Peak Education can help families become better advocates for their child(ren)