Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 (SFP 10-14)
The Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 is an essential component in the PROMISE Project’s efforts to prevent substance misuse in Tamaqua’s youth. This program aims to reduce substance use and behavior problems during adolescence through improved skills and knowledge of both the parents/caregivers and youth. Some topics that the parents/caregivers discuss are developing rules, encouraging good behaviors, using consequences, helping to manage peer pressure, communication skills, and protecting against substance misuse. Youth engage in activities and games that focus on topics such as: improving communication skills, managing peer pressure, developing coping skills, and identifying and developing goals and dreams for themselves. The families also work together to develop improved communication and family bonding.