COPE24 Needs Your Help to Change Our Parenting Experience
COPE24 is a non-profit 501(c)(3) status organization that was founded by Rene Howitt. Rene has spoken in over 120 Missouri, Illinois and Kansas middle schools, high schools, and universities totaling nearly 10,000 students. Their stories of abuse, neglect, foster care and lack of permanency in their lives led to the founding of COPE24 - Changing Our Parenting Experience. Rene believes that the way to break the cycle of abuse for the sake of future generations of children is through educating and providing our youth with a coping skill set that may not have previously modeled to them.
COPE24 wants to give students realistic suggestions and alternative solutions to help them cope with a number of common issues that arise during child rearing. It is their hope that through our Parenting Skills Program, Speaker Series and the book Whose Best Interest we will see the reduction of not only child abuse/neglect, but also teen pregnancy. While the primary target is middle schools and high schools, COPE24 wants this model to be available to hospitals, advocacy groups, churches, and community centers to help prepare those that haven't been previously taught on how to cope with the stress that comes with being a parent.
This is a great idea - how can I help?
Please vote for this organization in the Pepsi Refresh contest. They are in the running for $25,000.00 the top ten organizations win. COPE24 will use the proceeds to give the two-week COPE24 Parenting Skill program to 80+ school districts in Missouri. Missouri would be the first state and school system utilizing this program.
If you have any question about COPE24, please visit their website. Thanks for your help in providing another good resource for our youth.