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UCONN People Empowering People Program Coming to Western Mass

Contact:  Nelson Rafael Roman, Executive Director, Nueva Esperanza

Phone:  413-437-7666:


Contact:  Brian Bass, Director of Organizing and Coalitions, MA Parents United:

Phone:  413-363-9873:



UCONN People Empowering People Program Coming to Western Mass


Worrying about problems in your community? Help change them! Turn your concern for children into action! Learn the skills to make this happen. The UCONN People Empowering People Program is coming to Springfield, and Holyoke, Mass this spring.


Nueva Esperanza, in collaboration with Massachusetts Parents United is about to begin the University of Connecticut Extension People Empowering People Program in Springfield and Holyoke, Mass.  The program that takes place all over New England is a personal and leadership development program with a strong community focus. The program is facilitated Nueva Esperanza’s trained facilitators and includes ten two-hour sessions on values, communication skills, problem-solving skills, parenting skills, leadership skills, action planning and community opportunity.  Following the training, participants attend weekly sessions and work on projects that benefit the community.


“We are so excited to work with Nueva Esperanza to train a new cohort of organizers who are ready to change their community. The robust and inspiring content in the program is exactly what we need to develop new leaders who can effectively take on the daily challenges that are preventing our families from thriving and we’re grateful to be part of this opportunity”, said Brian Bass, Director of Organizing and Coalitions for Massachusetts Parents United.


“Nueva Esperanza is pleased to be partnering with Massachusetts Parents United to bring UCONN PEP back to life in Massachusetts.  We are thankful to our funders who supported the training of 6 UCONN PEP Facilitators in the hopes to bring the program to the entire region/state,” said Nelson Rafael Roman, Executive Director of Nueva Esperanza.


The program will run simultaneously in both cities on Wednesday’s beginning May 23rd, 2018 from 6 pm – 8 pm.  Refreshments and Childcare will be provided at both sites. Space is limited to 15 individuals per city. The program is about 10 weeks, plus projects and graduation. The Springfield location for the training will take place at the Massachusetts Parents United Center in Springfield, located at 20L Maple Street, Springfield, MA 01103,  and the Holyoke training location will be held at Nueva Esperanza, 401 Main Street, Holyoke, MA 01040. For applications please contact either Nueva Esperanza or Massachusetts Parents United at the information provided above.


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