People Empowering People (PEP)

The People Empowering People (PEP) Program is a personal and family development program with a strong community focus. Created and coordinated by Cheryl Czuba, University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension System Educator, the PEP program builds upon individual life experiences and strengths to encourage growth in communication and problem solving skills, parent/family relationships and community involvement. The program has graduated over one thousand people in over fifteen years. This program is also offered in Spanish.

The Course

The People Empowering People (PEP) program is a 10-week program which meets once per week for a two-hour training session on the following topics:

- Values

- Verbal and non-verbal communication skills

- Active listening

- Problem solving

- Understanding the helping role

- Understanding ourselves and others as parents

- Understanding our children

- Our community and its leaders

- Action planning

- Community opportunity

As part of the formal training sessions, participants  work on individual or group projects that benefit the community. In the past PEP participants have conducted a variety of community projects including organizing events, conducting family literacy projects, developing a resource booklet for parents, developing a children's library at a housing project, and collecting funds for a playground. Generally, participants commit four to eight months to the program.

Who benefits?
PEP participants, PEP facilitators and communities benefit.

PEP helps participants focus on their own personal strengths. They enhance their communication skills, problem solving abilities, parenting and relationship skills, and they achieve a greater understanding of, and become more involved with their communities.

PEP helps facilitators learn more about their community and gain skills in working with groups.

PEP helps build leaders who take an active role in their community.

Free dinner and childcare are provided during scheduled class times

To register or to learn more, please contact Meredith Starr, Program Coordinator, at or call us at (860) 291-1741.