IVROP to Celebrate National Marriage Week USA with the Community
Imperial County, Calif. —National Marriage Week USA announces an initiative in Imperial County for the week leading up to Valentine’s Day and is putting forth a call to mobilize hundreds of diverse organizations to plan for marriage building activities for February 7 to 14.
The goal is to elevate attention on the need to strengthen marriage, which in turn helps curtail poverty and benefits of children.
If Imperial County, local groups are collaborating to launch a “Marriage Week & Date Night with IVROP Project Juntos,” according to IVROP Program Manager Luis De La Torre.
National Marriage Week has long been an organized celebration in the UK, Germany, Ireland, Australia, the Czech Republic and elsewhere internationally (www.marriage-weekinternational.org) with large rallies, resolutions and celebrations in Parliaments, concerted efforts for marriage education and more.
National Marriage Week USA provides a “took kit” for local outreach, a clearinghouse of trusted curricula and a national calendar of events at www.NationalMarriageWeekUSA.org.
Chuck Stetson, chairman of National Marriage Week USA says, “The alarming drop in marriage rates in American combined with high divorce rates are costly to the nation – financially costly to taxpayers and individuals, and emotionally costly to children. We all need to work together to turn the tide.”
“Marriage works,” says NMWUSA executive director Sheila Weber.
“Research shows that marriage makes people happier, live longer, and build more economic security Children with married parents perform better in school. There are proven ways to repair and store marriages–but most folks don’t know where to go to get the help they need.”
Recent statistics are alarming. A Marriage Index, released jointly by the National Center on African American Marriages and Parenting (NCAAMP) and the Institute for American Values in October 2009, reveals a huge decline in national marriage indicators.
One indicator shows 78 percent of adults were married in 1970, while only 57 percent of adults were married in 2008. Another indicator shows 40 percent of all children in American are now born out of wedlock in 2008; and 72 percent of African American children are now born without married parents.
“We want to get the word out about how anyone and everyone can participate in National Marriage Week USA,” says Weber. Resources in the NationalMarriageWeekUSA.org “TOOL KIT” include:
- Date Night Events: Ideas and Broadcasts and discounts at local establishments
- Pastors and churches can launce new marriage classes, sermon series or host a major weekend conference
- Mayor and Governor Proclamations for National Marriage Week USA
- Free webinars featuring national leaders at www.marriagewebinar.org
- Marriage tip brochures which can be placed in doctor’s offices, salons and various businesses.
- Community Marriage Policies, where local clergy work together with (cities with CMPs have lowered divorce rates)
- Public Service Announcements (PSAs) you can record for local radio
- Advertisements for “Penny Savers” or local newspapers.
- Schools can sponsor assemblies on healthy relationship skills
- Renewal of Vows ceremony
- Most importantly, work on your own marriage— with lots of ideas and resources for where to go for help at www.nationalmarriageweekUSA.org
- About the Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program
The Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program (IVROP) is a non-profit, public education service which provides free, practical, hands-on training, career guidance, job placement assistance and other supportive services to youths and adults.
IVROP, one of 74 ROPs in California, is a joint powers entity formed by the Brawley Union, Calexico Unified, Calipatria Unified, Central Union, Holtville Unified, Imperial Unified and San Pasqual Valley Unified school districts, and the Imperial County Office of Education.
IVROP provides training to acquire entry-level jobs, update/improve job skills, prepare for advanced training in education, prepare for a college major, earn credits towards high school graduation and earn a certificate of demonstrated competencies.
All IVROP classes are open to any Imperial County resident regardless of race, sex, religion, national origin, handicap, or income level. IVROP provides community and cooperative classroom training in local businesses and industries for a limited number of classes.
IVROP provides additional academic and supportive services to youth and adults. Employers may participate in Program Advisory Committees and receive customized training.