TOGETHER! for Youth has been providing the evidence-based Strengthening Families Program to Chelan/Douglas counties for 20 years, in partnership with WSU Extension. The Strengthening Families Program for Parents and Youth 10 to 14 (SFP 10-14) was developed by Project Family, a research endeavor of the Center for Family Research at Iowa State University. Project Family was designed to test family-focused interventions that are intended to help reduce the likelihood for substance abuse and other problems associated with the teen years.
SFP 10-14 is designed for families with pre- and young adolescents, from about 10-14. Parents/ Caregivers and youth meet separately for the first hour, then spend the second hour together in family activities. Group size can range from about 8 to 13 families, for a total of 20 to 30 individuals. The SPF 10-14 is appropriate for single-parent, blended, or first-time nuclear families. It is ideal if youth can attend with 2 adults, either 2 parents/caregivers, or 1 parent 1 caregiver and another adult in the youth’s life, such as a grandparent, aunt, uncle or close family friend.
The SFP 10-14 includes specific activities designed to:
- Help parents/caregivers learn nurturing skills that support their children
- Teach parents/caregivers how to effectively discipline and guide their youth
- Give youth a healthy future orientation and increased appreciation for their parents/caregivers
- Teach youth skills for dealing with stress and peer pressure
Classes are structured to take place one night per week, for 7 weeks. Dinner and childcare are provided at no cost! For information on upcoming classes, give us a call! (509) 662-7201