11/22/2012 6:00:00 AM Kingman Letter: Program helps families
A strong family is the best defense against youth violence, alcohol and drug use, early sexual activity, and other risky decisions. Arizona Youth Partnership (AzYP) is hosting the Strengthening Families Program, free to families in Kingman with at least one youth between 10 and 15 years old.
AzYP is a nonprofit organization that partners with communities in rural Arizona to attract resources that cultivate healthy foundations for youth and promotes strong families.
The goal of Strengthening Families Program is to prevent risky behaviors in youth. Strengthening the family bond increases youth's academic success, family, school, and community attachments, and resistance to risky behaviors and negative peer influence. The Strengthening Families Program provides parents with tools and strategies to guide their youth through these tumultuous times.
These parenting skills are designed to help parents learn to increase desired behaviors in children by using attention and rewards, clear communication, effective discipline, substance use education, problem solving and limit-setting.
This program is a series of seven workshops held once a week for two hours each session. The first hour, youth and parents work separately learning similar material. The second hour reunites the families for family activities and to practice what they learned.
Through a grant from the Governor's Office of Children, Youth and Families and the Arizona Parents Commission, AzYP is able to offer the program free of charge. Without this grant, the program costs $250 per family to implement. This is a great opportunity to take advantage of this evidence-based resource for free.
AzYP also likes to encourage "meal time as family time" by providing a meal. Some of the sessions will include a meal. Family time should never be a chore, so throughout the program we have a lot of fun!
This free program begins in Kingman at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and will be held at the Del E. Webb Wellness Center's Hualapai Room, 1719 E. Beverly. Don't miss out!