The saying goes, “It takes a village to raise a child.” At Family Bridges, we believe it takes a community to help parents raise children who have a clear purpose in life. More than ever, we need to come together as a village to inspire, educate and empower parents. When parents work together as leaders of their family and teach their children the skills necessary to become the leaders of the next generation, everyone wins. The volunteer-led Avance model provides the structure and content to unite businesses, nonprofits, congregations, and schools behind the common cause of strengthening family relationships for the benefit of their children. Volunteers start Avance chapters anchored by a local institution. Family Bridges trains the volunteers to facilitate research-based, culturally sensitive workshops in their own neighborhood and teach other parents communication, conflict resolution and problem-solving skills. Impact dramatically increases when participants have time to develop a relationship with the facilitator and to gain more skills through a series of workshops, e.g. leadership development, parenting, financial management and small business development. Many participants eventually go on to become Avance volunteers.