Who Is New Level Parenting Academy?

New Level Parenting was created to help schools, faith-based and community based organization successfully engage parents in the social-emotional development process for their children. We create intentional community for parents and organizations to help develop and reinforce health social-emotional behavior.

We train parent coordinators, liaisons, clergy, youth ministers and staff on the five pillars of social emotional health. Through our 2-day hands on, interactive professional development, we equip them with tools and strategies to better engage with the youth serve and their parents.

Parents drive the vision for their family and help their children develop healthy self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationships, and responsible decision-making skills. By help parents better self-actualize in these areas, they are able to better build these skills with their children in the home. Parents are their child’s first teachers and the first to model behaviors—good or bad.

By equipping staff to better understand and model healthy social-emotional habits, they are able to reinforce habits with the youth they serve and engage with parents to help them develop and model these behaviors.

“We have the power to write our own story. Write one that your children will want to read.”

Dr. Charles Dent, CEO

Dr. Charles Dent is a licensed Mental Health First Aid trainer, coach and therapist with over 30 years of experience helping to develop people at all levels to maximize their purpose, cultivate their calling and develop and deploy their gifts in the marketplace. A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Dr. Dent has dedicated his life to serving others and helping them reach their full God-given potential. He has authored numerous books and articles and currently serves as the Community Outreach and Engagement Coordinator for Veterans Recovery Resources, a non-profit based in Mobile, AL focused on removing barriers to mental health care and healing for military veterans, first responders and their families.

Jabaria M. Dent, COO

Jabaria Dent is an educator, trainer, and human resources practitioner with over 25 years of organizational management, entrepreneur coaching and business strategy development. She served as the founding Director of Personalized Learning and Career Technical Education for ACCEL Day & Evening Academy, Alabama’s first public charter high school in Mobile, AL. While there, she coached the winning team for TechStars Mobile Startup Weekend, sponsored the school’s first Career Tech Student Organization, Future Business Leaders of America and helped launch the school’s first student-run small business, ACCEL Coffee Bar & Cafe.

A Dynamic Duo

At their core, the Dents are passionate about transforming their community, one family at a time. In partnership with ACCEL, they developed programming for at-risk students to help build social-emotional resiliency by tapping into students’ gifts and talents and redirecting their energy towards entrepreneurship, spiritual development and community service. Their work was recognized in 2017 and again in 2020 as they are two-time grant recipients of the NoVo/Education First SEL Innovators Award.

They have presented at Alabama’s MEGA Conference, Education First’s national SEL Innovators Conference and numerous school, faith, and community based organizations around the country, helping to build capacity and social-emotional resilience in both educators and the students/families they serve.

Goals of New Level Parenting:


Parents lay the foundation for healthy relationships and are the cornerstone upon which social and emotional learning practices are built. New Level Parenting collaborates with faith and community-based organizations to help parents develop healthy social and emotional habits that they, in turn, transfer to their children. We believe that strong parents raise strong children and create strong families. Strong families are the foundation for strong communities. Dent Enterprises New Level Parenting helps transform our communities, one family at a time.

Who We Serve

We have a segmented customer base consisting of:

  • School districts (teachers, parent coordinators, social workers, administrators, staff)
  • Juvenile justice systems (Parole officers)
  • Faith-based organizations (church youth ministry leaders and volunteer staff)
  • Community-based organizations (e.g. Boys & Girls Clubs Site Directors, staff)

Value Proposition for NLP

Professional development to help schools and organizations that serve students and their families to build their social-emotional capacity and effectively respond to post traumatic stress triggered behaviors with students and families served.

We help teachers build social-emotional capacity to improve their practice and improve student outcomes.

We equip educators to identify mental health crises and effectively respond and refer students to get the mental health help they need to help improve student outcomes

We provide the tools and skills needed to help educators connect with and communicate with students and families experiencing post-traumatic stress and other mental health and wellness issues to improve student outcomes.