Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14

In October, the Council on Chemical Abuse will begin a new Strengthening Families Program for parents and youth ages 10-14 for families in Berks County, in partnership with Kutztown Strong. We will once again use a virtual format consisting of two sessions per week for seven weeks, with one session for children, and the other for adults and families together.


Next cohort begins October 25, 2021

Sessions will be held virtually on Monday & Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m. Is your family interested?  Sign up to learn more.

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About the Program

Watch this short video for a preview of the program

About the curriculum

The scientifically tested curriculum helps parents/caregivers learn skills to nurture, effectively discipline and guide youth ● Gives youth a healthy future orientation and an increased appreciation of parents/caregivers ● Teaches youth skills for dealing with stress and peer pressure.


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Strengthening Families Curriculum

The program focuses on seven different topics that address youth risk and protective factors. Learn more

About COCA's Strengthening Families Program (SFP 10-14)

Is there a cost?

No. Participating families attend at no cost, and all materials will be supplied for free. Costs for the program are funded through a grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

How is the virtual program different than an in-person program?

In person sessions meet once a week, with adults and children attending at the same time, but in separate groups, concluding with a joint family session. Dinner is provided. The virtual sessions will consist of two evenings per week for a seven-week period. One evening will feature programming for kids only, and one will be for adults and families together.

Who can attend?

This program is for Berks County families who have children aged 10-14. Please note: this is not a remedial program. It is intended for any family seeking to guide youth and teach children the skills to avoid peer pressure and deal with stress.

How is the program structured?

Parents and youth meet in separate groups. During the first weekly session, youth meet. During the second weekly session adults meet first, then together with their families  to practice skills, play games, and do family projects. Each week, families focus on a different topic aimed at helping participants build skills, solve problems and increase family bonding.

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