Parenting Journey (formerly The Family Center) named Champion in Action in Strengthening Communities category



Citizens Bank and NECN provide $35,000 funding, PR, and volunteer support

SOMERVILLE, MA – Citizens Bank and NECN today announced Parenting Journey (formerly The Family Center) as a 2014 Champion in Action® in the category of strengthening communities. Parenting Journey will receive $35,000
in unrestricted funding, media coverage, and extensive promotional and volunteer support for its outstanding work.
Parenting Journey (formerly The Family Center) is a nonprofit innovator of high-impact programs that help parents build stronger families. Its signature Parenting Journey series takes a unique, strengths-based approach that increases parents’ confidence and delivers measurable results. Nearly 90 percent of program graduates report more positive relationships with their children.
Parenting Journey serves nearly 400 families annually at is Somerville facility. The grant will enable the organization to increase the number of local families who can participate in its programs and help fund the launch of additional innovative programs.
“Parenting Journey is a fantastic program to strengthen families in Massachusetts,” said Jerry Sargent, President of Citizens Bank and RBS Citizens, Massachusetts. “Citizens is proud to present them with this award to support their work to help parents develop skills that benefit the entire family.”
Champions in Action is part of Citizens Helping Citizens Strengthen Communities, the bank’s program designed to enhance quality of life and economic vitality in local communities. It provides support for small nonprofit organizations to recognize their contributions to communities throughout Massachusetts.
“Helping parents strengthen their families improves the lives of everyone in our community, and NECN is honored to support that goal through presenting this award. Parenting Journey provides parents with the information and resources they need to become champions in action in themselves,” said [x, of NECN]
“Parenting Journey is proud to be named a Champion in Action by Citizens and NECN in recognition of the contribution we make to strengthening our community,” said Maury Peterson, Executive Director of Parenting Journey. “The award will enable us to reach even more families in our area and launch new programs, and, through its promotional support, will help raise awareness about our organization and our work.”
As a Champion in Action, Parenting Journey will receive:
• A $35,000 contribution in unrestricted funds from Citizens Bank;
• Media coverage from NECN, including public service announcements and television profiles over the course of six months;
• Volunteer support from Citizens’ and NECN’s colleagues;
• The opportunity for the organization’s executive director to participate in a “President-to-President” mentorship with Citizens Bank’s Jerry Sargent;
• Extensive public relations support;
• Promotional support highlighting the Champion in Action on all Citizens Bank branch DCN screens and on its ATMs;
• Exposure on both Citizens Bank and NECN websites.
For more information about the Citizens Bank and NECN Champions in Action program, visit or
About Citizens Financial Group Inc.
Citizens Financial Group Inc. is one of the nation’s oldest and largest financial institutions, with $126.9 billion in assets as of March 31, 2014. Headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, the company offers a broad range of retail and commercial banking products and services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, large corporations and institutions. Citizens helps its retail customers “bank better” with mobile and online banking, a 24/7 customer contact center and the convenience of approximately 3,100 ATMs and approximately 1,200 Citizens Bank and Charter One branches in 11 states in the New England, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions. Citizens also provides mortgage lending, auto lending, student lending and commercial banking services in selective markets nationwide. In Commercial Banking, Citizens offers corporate, institutional and not-for-profit clients a full range of wholesale banking products and services including lending and deposits, capital markets, treasury services, foreign exchange and interest hedging, leasing and asset finance, specialty finance and trade finance.
Citizens operates via subsidiaries Citizens Bank, N.A., and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. Additional information about Citizens and its full line of products and services can be found at
About NECN
NECN serves as the largest 24-hour regional news network in the U.S. Since its launch on March 2, 1992, NECN has grown to include 3.6 million subscribers in more than 1,050 cities and towns throughout all six New England states. NECN has established itself as an industry leader as the only cable television news station to earn a George Foster Peabody Award and the Alfred I. duPont – Columbia University Broadcast Journalism Award, among many other accolades.
About Parenting Journey®

Parenting Journey, a nonprofit agency headquartered in Somerville, Mass., offers powerful programs that help parents build safer, stronger families and trains professionals nationwide to implement its high-impact approach. Nearly 1,200 facilitators have received training, and 15,000 parents raising almost 35,000 children have benefited from Parenting Journey’s unique curriculum. Parenting Journey programs have been replicated in nearly 500 locations throughout New England and New York. To learn more, visit, like us at, follow us on Twitter (@parentingjrny), or call us at 617.628.8815.

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