English: Tuesdays—Salinas

Aug. 29—Oct. 17, 5:30—8 PM

Location: Washington Middle School (12-14 yrs)

Spanish: Wednesdays—Salinas

Sept. 20 - Nov. 8, 5:30-8PM

Location: El Sausal Middle School

(12-14 yrs)

Spanish:  Thursdays—Salinas

Sept. 7—Oct. 26, 5:30-7:30 PM

Location:  Sherwood Elementary

(10-13 yrs)

English: Tuesdays —Soledad

Sept. 5— Oct. 24, 5:30-8PM

Location: Main Street Middle School (12-14 yrs)

Spanish: Mondays-Salinas

Sept. 18-Nov. 13, 5:30-8:00 PM

Location:  Martin Luther King Family Resource Center (10-13 yrs)

English: Tuesdays—Salinas  OR 

Spanish: Tuesdays—Salinas

Sept. 12– Nov. 7, 5:30-8PM (no class 10/31)

Location: Salinas Adult School (14-16 yrs)


Spanish: Thursday—Gonzales 

Sept.28—Nov. 16. 5:30-8PM

Location: Fairview Middle School (10-13 yrs)



The Strengthening Families program  has shown reduction of drug use and delinquent behavior by 30-60% as well as increased school performance, lower levels of aggression and improved parenting skills and family relationships. Classes offered quarterly in English and Spanish.  $20 material fee.  Financial Assistance Is Available!

  • Is designed for parents and youth ages ten to sixteen
  • Seven sessions -  each session is two hours
  • Presented for groups of six to twelve families
  • Three facilitators lead the sessions
  • Classes are offered in English and Spanish

With so much news about the increase in gang violence, truancy and troubled youth the Strengthening Families program provides hope for families in Monterey County.

Founded at the University of Iowa, the Strengthening Families Program is designed to improve communication and interaction between family members.  The program increases protective factors and reduces risk factors for youth that lead to poor relationships with parents and problematic behaviors with youth, including substance abuse.

 Parents gain tools for effectively parenting teens and how to set limits and show love.  Teen learn to resist peer pressure an to choose positive friends.  The Strengthening Families Program promotes family values and relationships.  More than 1,300  participants have graduated from the program since its beginning in 2005 as part of Partners for Peace.


“The foundation of the Strengthening Families Program is Love and Limits.  Parents and youth learn how to say “I love you” every day.  Parents set clear rules and youth learn goal setting and peer resistance skills.  After attending several sessions a class Facilitator asked a young girl what she wanted most from her parent.  The parent looked at the girl expectantly and the Facilitator quietly hoped that the request was something the parent could deliver and not an item like a 55 inch, big screen TV.  The girl quietly responded, “I just want to have dinner with my mom.”  Communication, hugs, love, limits and family bonding – that is the promise of the Strengthening Families Program.”

Strengthening Families Program (SFP)