Strengthening Families 10-14© is a research proven program that addresses the root cause of substance abuse and other social problems by improving the interrelationships of families and boosting the ability of youth to resist peer pressure. The program has been proven effective in:
Strengthening Families 10-14 is based on the premise that in order to reduce the risk factors for problem behaviors in children, it is necessary to improve the family environment and the parents' abilities and willingness to provide appropriate nurturing to their children. In addition, the program helps youth to develop psychosocial and peer resistance skills which make this program more successful than other programs in preventing drug abuse.
The program is curriculum based and "helps parents help their children" by improving the family environment. The parents learn the appropriate nurturing for their children, including ways to reward positive attitudes and responses. This curriculum for parents or caregivers and their 10 to14-year-old children combines parent training, children's social skills training, and family skills training.
The Strengthening Families 10-14 program has been scientifically evaluated in a randomized, controlled test with families of sixth graders through Project Family at Iowa State University. The study followed the youth and their parents from 6th through 12th grades and found:
An analysis by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy resulted in two benefits: A return of $7.82 for every dollar spent and a cost benefit of $5,805 for each participating youth in Strengthening Families 10-14.
Youth First works in collaboration with area schools, churches and agencies to secure funding and to insure the highest quality coordination and implementation. Youth First provides:
To register or for more information contact Youth First Program
Director Laura Wathen, 812-421-8336 ext. 4 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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