Family empowerment expo serves to education community
BY Katherine Miller
The Acadia Parish Solutions to Poverty (SToP) Coalition invites all Acadia Parish parents to attend the third annual Family Empowerment Expo to be held on Monday, March 15th from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Church Point Community Center.
The Expo’s mission is to strengthen families by providing community resource information and support.
Hilda Wiltz who has been instrumental in the program since its inception, is extremely confident that this year’s the expo will “provide area families with the education they need to successfully raise their children.”
The expo will feature exhibits by state and local government agencies, technical schools, community non-profits, and faith-based organizations.
Experts from two organizations, the Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center (SWLAHEC) and the Practical Application of Intimate Relationship Skills (PAIRS) will provide motivational presentations to inform parents on prevention of substance abuse and other high-risk behaviors among youth.
These issues, according to Wiltz are two of the major issues that we face in our area today.
“We want to encourage all parents in the parish and we believe that their attendance will provide an eye-opening experience and help them to be informed concerning their children and to raise awareness of what they may be exposed to,” stated Department of Social Services Community Specialist Louisa Reddell.
Free food and door prizes will be provided. The Acadia Parish School System’s Title I Parental Involvement Office is coordinating transportation for the event.
Anyone in need of transportation and lives in the Crowley, Rayne, Branch or Church Point areas should contact their child’s school in advance for more information.
For any other questions please contact DSS Community Specialist, Louisa Reddell at 337-262-2091 or Hilda Wiltz at 337-393-2080.