Having spent countless days in my son’s classroom, doing things like helping students create a class newspaper and interview working journalists, as well as chaperoning trips to museums, pumpkin patches, and other cities—not to mention attending PTSA meetings—I know how lonely it can be as a male among volunteers who are overwhelmingly women.
While I applaud any parent who is engaged with their child’s education, I know very well that men have been the weaker—far weaker—sex when it comes to school involvement.
That’s why I was pleased to hear that the National PTA, in conjunction with its Men Organized to Raised Engagement Alliance and National Fatherhood Leaders Group, has launched a campaign to get men off their duffs and more involved in the education, health, and well-being of children. This newly announced “Million Hours of Power” initiative aims to galvanize 350,000 men to serve in some capacity for at least three hours during this school year.
The National PTA has created online tools for men to become involved, connect with relevant social networks, and post volunteer-related videos. The videos are being promoted and viewers can vote on them as part of the Pepsi Refresh Project to promote men’s involvement.
So, to all fathers, and men in general: Break down those gender barriers and stereotypes, and get involved in your (or any) child’s education.
PS&mdash:I’d love to hear about other initiatives or resources for male involvement.
A version of this news article first appeared in the K-12, Parents & the Public blog.