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Special Prison Workshop Series   

women on the inside


To a full capacity class of 25 incarcerated mothers, we've started our parenting workshops at California Institute for Women (CIW) in Chino, CA. We have a waiting list of over 125 for the next series of "Solving The Parent Puzzle". Thanks to the fabulous group of donors listed below who made this session possible!


Donor list:

Arlene Patton, Barbara Peel, Charlene Martin, Gloria Gomez, Jackie Corby, Julie Parker, Katherine Morrison, Laurel Moss, Lena Kennedy, Mary Brown, Melody Taylor Stark, Metta McCullah, Molly & Millard Murphy, Myra Silverman, Dr. & Mrs R.J. Guyan, Reggie Brown, Esq., Roosevelt Richardson, Sara Espinosa, Theresa O'Brien, Wayne Bishop. 


What frustrates me are the comments about getting the children in the urban core to score as well as those students in wealthier school districts.   When children come to kindergarten at age 5 or 6, and have never seen their name written at home or can't count or readily get along with others - none of that has anything to do with school districts or teachers.  It's all about parenting.  If year after year we are seeing the same thing in poorer districts - and it's all beginning before the kids get to school - don't we need to help those parents "parent?"

Marsha Hirsh at: --

training workshops  

workshop photo

"Your Kids, Your Money" workshop was provided for Day One's March Parenting Awareness Month held in the Children's Room, Pasadena Central Library. An attentive group of parents had some ideas of their own when it came to helping the young-uns understand money.  One participant with a daughter in private school didn't budge when the kid lost her sneakers. Guess who had to save her own money to replace them?


Learn more about Day One at



We've had have a list of great productions and events for our families to experience BUT

unfortunately our volunteer is no longer part of the team. Are you available to make

contact with venues for free or reduced tickets?  We sure hope so.  Call us at




A warm welcome to our new Advisory Board Members:

  • Linda Lavin - Career Counselor
  • Wilbert Smith - Writer/ Producer
  • Barbara Minnifield - Parent Advocate   


Quinci Williams was our administrative assistant and came to the office twice weekly, but due to gasoline prices she could no longer come from San Bernardino County!


A New mode of Transportation


Brandi Armstrong

  • Show Videographer
  • YouTube & Wiki Updates

  • Susan Grey

  • Proofreader

  • Need Volunteer 

  • Theater Coordinator

  • volunteers

    Siew Tan

  • Associate Producer
  • Email Marketing
  • Newsletter Editor
  • Website Development

  • Tina Wallin

  • Show Audio Support
  • Web Content Updates

  • Karen Wong

  • Show Segments Research

  • Need Volunteer 

  • Administrative Assistant

  •    shirleedesk

    We were fortunate to have Antoinette Greir, a Coro Fellow with us in March for her media placement. As part of her assignment, she assisted our PR volunteer in interviewing for our guest host position, and Antoinette also did extensive research at the Flintridge Center Philanthropy Library, locating possible funders for our prison mothers workshops. Learn more about the Coro leadership training programs by visiting


    In April, The California State Board of Education held a hearing in Sacramento on the newly-enacted Parent Trigger legislation.  It allows parents with children attending a school that has been on low performance index for at least three years to petition to change the school's structure by presenting signatures of 51% of the parents.


    parentrevoltParent Revolution, the organization behind the successful signature-gathering at McKinley School in Compton, invited me, along with Bruce Wasson, advocate for Altadena's separate school district, to support the Parent Trigger in comments to the state Board.


    Parent Revolution's evolution and organizing tactics have become extremely controversial. The Parent Trigger Legislation has hit a few bumps in the road.

    Learn more about The Parent Trigger law at

    Learn about Parent Revolution by visiting




                 >>>>floorshowing <<<<

    Padded Bras and Padded Undies?
    ....... Abercrombie & Fitch recently decided not to market its push-up bikini tops to 7-year-old girls, who at this tender age, don't really have ...... More >>>
    Teaching Kids Money Matter..... The kid saw the incident as someone stealing her tennis shoes that she left on top of the lockers. Her mother saw it quite another way. The young lady had to purchase replacement shoes for having ...... More >>>

    Healing Hands........ Talk About Parenting LIVE with Shirlee Smith guest, Father Charles Myers, focuses, in part, on his own Family Secrets and how the releasing of them made him experience a level of freedom he'd never known........  watch the clip >>>
    Whole Lotta Shaking Going On...... You can't wait till the earth shakes to prepare your family. What to do! What supplies to have on hand! What is the emergency plan? ....... watch the clip >>>

    Individual Donors
    • Lorene Flemming
    • Elliot Gold
    • Adelaide Hixon
    • Phoenix Smith
    • Ann-Marie Stephenson 

    Corporate Matching Gift   


    Cookie Devine through AT&T Employer Matching gift Program


    (Please check with your employer for this program and make Talk About Parenting your charitable organization).  

    Times are tough and WE know that.  We are grateful for donations, whatever the size.  Donate online through paypal or send a check to P.O. Box 40547, Pasadena, CA 91114.



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