ODA is grounded in the belief that it takes a community to raise a child. Therefore, parents are required to contribute a minimum of 16 service hours to their child's programming annually. These hours can be completed by attending parent education workshops (offered twice a month in the evenings), participating in parent support groups (offered on Saturday mornings monthly), attending our family events with their child (offered five to seven times per year), and volunteering on field trips, during homework hour, or in our administrative office.
This past year, 98 percent of ODA parents completed this service requirement, contributing over 2,825 hours throughout the program year. The two percent who did not complete their hours were required to complete their hours in the new program year, prior to their child re-enrolling in the program.
The family engagement component contributes to the wellbeing of our students by creating opportunities for families to come together and spend time in a healthy and safe atmosphere, and by enhancing parents' knowledgebase and toolset for how to support their child emotionally, psychologically, financially, and physically throughout adolescence.