James Martinez, Sr. Manager of Media & Public Relations
Nevada Sees Spike in Male Involvement
Nevada PTA receives national honor for male outreach efforts
ALEXANDRIA, VA. (July 25, 2012)—If Nevada families see more men around this coming school year, it may be because of the strong focus of Nevada PTA to engage men in their child’s education.
The effort began during the 2011-2012 school year and resulted in Nevada PTA receiving the National PTA MP3-Male Participation Award—a national recognition that honors a state PTA for significant strides in the recruitment and engagement of men in education.
Nevada PTA received a certificate of recognition, a check for $500 and was presented the award at the 116th Annual National PTA Convention and Exhibition in San Jose in June.
“As family structures are changing, more men are getting involved in their child’s education. We commend Nevada PTA for their efforts because research shows that student success increases when both parents are involved in their education. We look forward to continued success from Nevada and across the country,” said National PTA President Betsy Landers.
Within the strategy that the Nevada PTA implemented, the PTA created a Male Engagement Committee that planned and conducted dozens of male involvement events and activities that reached thousands of males during the school year.
During these events throughout the state, Nevada PTA helped reduced barriers by informing males that they are welcome in all schools. As a result, grade point averages rose and disciplinary cases decreased by more than 50% because fathers and male figures were on campus. Other results include the creations of dozens of individual male involvement programs in schools across the state.
Nevada PTA plans on continuing its efforts this coming school year by introducing a PTA “Man Card” membership campaign.
About National PTA
National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.