Parent Youth Engagement Seminars

Adult allies of youth explore what they need to learn for themselves.

The Freechild Institute for Youth Engagement is proud to share our newest program, the Parent Youth Engagement Seminars, or PYES. PYES provide fun, interactive seminars to parents and youth who work together and make successful families, supportive homes and healthier communities.

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What Is PYES?

Focused on the positive, powerful potential of youth-parent partnerships at home, PYES is a new program of the Freechild Institute. Together, youth and parents come to PYES to explore youth engagement, family empowerment and home-based change. They explore the skills, knowledge and actions needed to change their lives and the homes they share, too. Focused on practical learning through meaningful and fun activities, participants examine deep issues, create powerful solutions and learn in new ways as partners.

What Does It Cover?

Topics in the workshops include: 

  • Youth Voice at Home
  • Family Involvement 
  • Facing Negative Stereotypes at Home
  • Changing Household Communication  
  • Establishing Appropriate Power, Trust, and Respect 
  • Individual and Family Strengths and Weaknesses 
  • Family Action Planning
  • Problem Solving Every Day 
  • Providing Real Adult Support for Youth

How Does It Happen?

Freechild Institute facilitates these seminars online. These can be done with large groups or in family groups.


Partnering with nonprofits, schools, government agencies and others, the Freechild Institute facilitates interactive, online train-the-trainer events, and then certifies organizations to use our materials. Partners receive complete seminar manuals with workshop plans, a facilitation guide, evaluation materials and participant handouts. There are also additional materials available, include promotional items and seminar banners.

How Do I Learn More?

For more information, contact Adam Fletcher at (360) 489-9680 or email