When parents can focus on their educational, career, and financial goals with support and high-impact best practices, they are more likely to reach their goals.

Bristol’s Parenting Advancement Pathways program holistically supports Bristol’s student parents balancing their education while raising children. The program provides participants with valuable resources, inside and outside of the college, such as case management, financial and career planning, counseling, as well as the integrated, wrap-around academic support that leads to earning a degree and improving overall wellbeing.

The program is planned to begin in Spring 2021 and is backed by EMPath’s Mobility Mentoring® model and the development of individual goals in five areas that represent the pillars on the EmPath Bridge to Self-Sufficiency®.

This program focuses on supporting BIPOC (black, Indigenous, and people of color), low-income, and single mother heads of household but is open to all mothers currently studying at Bristol. The program includes an application and virtual interview process.

Watch EMPath informational videos below.

If you are interested in applying, please fill out the Parenting Advancement Pathways application and you will be contacted to set up an interview.

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The Parenting Advancement Program will work the college’s student centers and departments – such as the Women’s Center, Multicultural Affairs, Disability Services, Admissions, Advising, Financial Aid, Career Services, and Student and Family Engagement, to customize services and resources to aid student success.Women's Center mother

Mentoring and Collaboration

The Parenting Advancement Program will provide resources such as holistic case management, financial and career planning, counseling, mentoring, and on-going educational workshops.

Participants will be assigned both a peer mentor and a professional mentor to help stay on track and provide experience-based guidance and encouragement.

The innovative program, funded by grants from the Island Foundation, Women’s Fund of Southeastern Massachusetts and Rise Prize, will also be supported with engaging workshops from community partners, such as the Marian Institute, Around the Bend Farm, Elements Learning Collaborative and more.

For more information about the Parenting Advancement Pathways program, please email Iva.Brito@bristolcc.edu

Watch these helpful videos about the Mobility Mentoring® approach: