The importance of parent engagement in the overall well-being of students and children is well documented in public health and active living research. Kid Healthy is a local non-profit organization based in Santa Ana that provides programs to improve nutrition and fitness for children and families in Southern California. Their programs include frameworks that address challenges faced by low-income families in creating healthy homes and communities. One of their programs is called Padres en Acción, which engages parents as active volunteers and advocates in their children’s lives through school engagement. This seminar will provide background on the impact of PEA and its future in ensuring healthy communities in southern California.