The Council on Chemical Abuse prevention team has introduced a new Strengthening Families Program for parents and youth ages 10-14. In February, COCA initiated the first cohort with families in the Kutztown, Brandywine Heights and Fleetwood communities, in partnership with Kutztown Strong.
This 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.
The program focuses on seven different topics that address youth risk and protective factors. Learn more
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.
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.
This program is for Berks County families who have children aged 10-14, and who live in the Kutztown, Brandywine or Fleetwood areas. 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.
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.