Strengthening Families Program set

Submitted photo The Strengthening Families Program is a seven-week evidence-based parent, youth and family skills-building curriculum proven to: delay the onset of adolescent substance use, lower levels of aggression in youth, increase the resistance to peer pressure in youth, and reduce youth conduct problems in school.

Strengthening Families Program: For Parents/Caregivers & Youth 10-14 Fall Sessions are set to start at Elkins Middle School.

Randolph County was one of two counties in West Virginia selected to implement a scientific proven model to prevent teen substance abuse and other behavior problems through a PROSPER Grant and West Virginia University.

The Strengthening Families Program is a seven-week evidence-based parent, youth and family skills-building curriculum proven to: delay the onset of adolescent substance use, lower levels of aggression in youth, increase the resistance to peer pressure in youth, and reduce youth conduct problems in school.

The program is an evidence-based program designed for all families and provides opportunity for families to strengthen relationships by opening up lines of communication. It is fast paced and offers practical information using videos, discussions, learning games and fun family projects.

All Elkins Middle School sixth graders and their parents/caregivers are invited to join in the Strengthening Families Program: For Parents & Youth 10-14. The program is completely free of charge, which includes a family meal, child care each session and great give-a-ways each evening.

Sessions will be on held on Tuesdays beginning Oct. 16 at the Elkins Middle School with family dinner at 5:30 p.m. with sessions following dinner from 6-8 p.m. The program will be held through Dec. 4 (with no session on Thanksgiving Week).

There are still available slots for students/families to join the fall sessions. For more information or registration, contact Nick Alfred, co-leader at the Elkins Middle School, at nealfred@k12.wv.us, or Cindy Nucilli, Community Outreach worker at the Randolph County Extension Office, at304-636-2455 or Cynthia.Nucilli@mail.wvu.edu.

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