Vibrant Communities is an NGO dedicated to improving educational opportunities for migrant and left-behind children. At the organization’s Shanghai branch, they started out by offering tutoring to primary school students aged 6-12, but they longed to have more impact. They then decided to focus on “soft skills”- things like confidence, interpersonal skills, and emotional control. They learned that these programs are more effective when the parents are also engaged, so they started offering joint parent-child classes. Parents are learning skills that help them relate better with their children, and the children are learning crucial life skills, which helps them individually and as part of a community. It's a win-win-win situation.

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