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Strengthening Families Program
The Strengthening Families Program (SFP) is a grant funded program housed within the Office on Youth. 

There are two variations of the program. A fourteen-week program for families with youth ages 12-16 and a seven-week program for families with youth ages 10-14.  Both programs take a whole family approach and involve parents and youth.  Each session begins with a meal, followed by separate parent and youth groups, and ends with a family group. Personal disclosure is not required and an emphasis is placed on new skills offering more options rather than criticizing old skills or past behavior.

14-Week Program for Families with Youth Ages 12-16

The fourteen-week program uses family systems and cognitive behavioral approaches to increase resilience and reduce risk factors. Evidence based program outcomes include: increased cooperation and social competencies, improved family relationships, and decreased behavior problems.  The program consists of three life skills courses – parenting skills, youth’s social/life skills, and family life skills. This program is offered by the Office on Youth and is made possible with funding provided by the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth. Established by the General Assembly, the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth is responsible for statewide efforts to reduce and prevent youth tobacco use and childhood obesity. 

7-Week Program for Families with Youth Ages 10-14

The seven-week program helps families learn to manage emotions, set goals, avoid peer pressure, make better decisions, and create better relationship.  The program helps families recognize their strengths and improves family value.  This program is offered by the Office on Youth and is made possible with funding from The Bama Works Fund of the Dave Matthews Band in the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation. 

Upcoming Program Information:

Our fourteen-week program is currently underway and is at maximum registration capacity.

Our next seven-week session will begin on March 3, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. and be held on Tuesdays through April 21, 2015.  The spring program will be held at Orange Baptist Church (123 West Main Street, Orange, Virginia). 

Each session begins with dinner for the entire family.  Gas station gift cards are provided weekly to each family in attendance to assist with transportation expenses and child care is provided for younger family members. Additionally, youth and families have several chances at winning one of many doorprizes weekly.

Registration for our spring program is now open.  If you are interested in learning more or registering your family, contact the Strengthening Families Program Coordinator today!

Strengthening Families Informational Flyer

Strengthening Families Application

Ashley Jacobs
Strengthening Families Program Coordinator

146 Madison Road, Suite 205
Orange, Virginia 22960

Ph: (540) 672-5484 ext. 1
Fx: (540) 672-2311

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