Our Mission: The mission of Single Parent Success is to support single parent students in achieving their college education by providing their families with connections to resources in the community. In addition, students who participate in Single Parent Success will become confident parents, and goal-oriented, self-assured women.
The Successful Single Mother (IDS-188): Single parent students can elect to take the Successful Single Mother (IDS-188), a one-credit course aimed at providing tools for single mothers to set and meet goals that matter to them. The Successful Single Mother (IDS-188) provides opportunities to review and understand the institutional oppression of single mothers, and the feminization of poverty, in an effort to help students unlearn stereotypes and carry themselves with confidence. Students in the Successful Single Mother will also build camaraderie with peers by sharing goals with one another, and participating in Single Parent Success events. Students can elect to take this class for one credit, or to audit the course at no charge other than the cost of the class text book.
Life Skills Workshops: Single parent students can participate in life skills workshops at the end of each month. Topics vary from information about child custody and child support to parenting strategies and health and wellness. Each workshop is voluntary and geared towards the needs of a busy single parent student. Many workshops provide incentives for students as well, like gift card raffles and door prizes.
Many Opportunities for Mothering Solo (M.O.M.S.): The Many Opportunities for Mothering Solo (M.O.M.S.) student organization is connected with Single Parent Success, but is totally student run. The M.O.M.S. group meets one to two times per month to plan fundraisers and fun events for single mothers and children at CSM. The group also provides peer support for members.
One-on-One Support: All CSM students with a specialized need may arrange to meet with Sarah Watkins, Director of Single Parent Success, for referrals to community resources specific to their needs. Sarah meets with students to discuss a range of issues, such as applying for state benefits and child custody, as well as parenting support and medical assistance.