Ashe County Empowering Youth & Families Program
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The N.C. Cooperative Extension of Ashe County office is proud to announce the start of a new program available to our families. Since 2018, the Empowering Youth and Families Program has been dedicated to providing opioid prevention education for middle school-aged children and their families. EYFP has established four goals to help us reach our ultimate goal of prevention.
- Reduce youth substance use and abuse in rural counties.
- Improve caregivers’ parenting skills to assist in their children in making sound health decisions.
- Strengthen family relationships.
- Empower families to lead their community to change, causing healthier lifestyles.
EYFP is divided into ten weekly sessions where families meet together to participate in projects, games, and other activities. Meals will be provided each week alongside the educational materials each family receives. The group will discuss the negative effects of substance abuse, coping with peer pressure, bringing positive change to their community, and much more. The curriculums used in this program have been developed using research that is proven to be effective against youth substance misuse and abuse. Parents and caregivers that have previously participated in EYFP reported that they are better equipped to communicate with their children as well as setting fair limits for their children. Youth participants also reported they effectively are able to set goals for themselves, understand parental concerns about substance abuse, and resist peer pressure.
Once the families have completed their weekly sessions, families from different cohorts come together for a weekend confluence where we formulate a community action plan (CAP). A CAP outlines how your group will share your knowledge and experiences with the community.
We look forward to meeting with participating families on March 18, 2021, at 6 p.m. Do not hesitate to call your county office if you have questions concerning the program. If you or a family you know would like to participate, please contact:
EYFP Program Assistant – Ashe/Alleghany