Strengthening families is program goal

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Strengthening Families for Parents and Youth 10-14 is a pro-gram that focuses on family skills taught in group sessions to in-crease family strengths, build on improving family relationships, parenting skills and improving youth’s social and life skills.

The World Health Organization named this Strengthening Fam-ilies Program the Number 1 prevention program out of 6,000 programs analyzed for long-term effects on substance use and misuse. This evidence-based curriculum prevents teen substance abuse and other behavior problems, strengthens parent/youth communication skills, increases academic success in youth, and prevents violence and aggressive behavior at home and school.

Strengthening Families for Parents and Youth 10-14 Program will begin on Monday, January 30th, from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Ivy Tech Community College of Madison, and will continue every Monday until graduation on March 13th. The program will cost $35 per family to help pay for a meal provided at 5:30 p.m. be-fore each meeting starting at 6 p.m. Child care will be provided for children younger than 10 years of age. Families with limited resources are encouraged to participate and scholarships can be provided.

The program is developed for parents and youth ages 10-14 and is designed for a group of seven to 10 families. The program consists of seven two-hour sessions with graduation and is led by three certified facilitators with separate sessions for youth and parents for one hour and then families together for the second hour.

Those families interested in the program should call (812) 265-8919. Pre-registration is necessary and the deadline for registra-tion is January 25th. For more information, go to the website at extension.purdue.edu/Switzerland