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New Strengthening Families Program (10-14) to be Introduced in January

The Council on Chemical Abuse is introducing a new Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14.  The first cohort is set to begin on January 25, 2021 for families in the Kutztown area, and will be implemented through a partnership with Kutztown Strong.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the first cohort will be held through all-virtual sessions. Over a seven-week period, participants will engage in sessions that focus on youth protective and risk factors.


What is Strengthening Families Program 10-14?

Strengthening Families 10-14 is a program designed to build family relationships, decrease conflict and teach youth aged 10-14 the skills to resist peer pressure and avoid risky behaviors.

It is delivered in seven parent, youth, and family sessions using narrated videos portraying typical youth and parent situations with diverse families. The virtual sessions will be held twice a week, with one for adults and another for youth and families.

What will families learn?

This scientifically tested curriculum:

  • helps parents/caregivers learn nurturing skills that support their children,
  • teaches parents/caregivers how to effectively discipline and guide their youth,
  • gives youth a healthy future orientation and an increased appreciation of their parents/caregivers, and
  • teaches youth skills for dealing with stress and peer pressure.



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