Building strong families for a peaceful community.
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!
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.”