Strengthening Families Program to begin at Elkins Middle School

ELKINS — The Strengthening Families Program for parents and youth 10-14 fall sessions are set to start at Elkins Middle School.

Randolph County was one of just two counties in West Virginia selected to implement a scientifically proven model to prevent teen substance abuse and other behavior problems.

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 Strengthening Families 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 and Youth 10-14.

The program is completely free of charge, which includes family meals, child care each session and great give-a-ways each evening.

A meal and child care also are provided for participants.

Sessions will be held on Tuesdays beginning this Tuesday at the Elkins Middle School with family dinner at 5:30 p.m.

The program will be held through Dec. 5 (no session Halloween night or Thanksgiving week) with training following dinner from 6-8 p.m.

There are still available slots for students/families to join in the fall Strengthening Families Program sessions.

For more information or registration, contact Shanna Parlock, co-leader at the Elkins Middle School, at; Amanda Johnson, team leader at the Randolph County Extension Service Office, at 304-636-2455 or; or Cindy Nucilli, community outreach worker at the Randolph County Extension Office, at