Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 registration

Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14

GEORGE, LITTLE ROCK - Sometimes, all it takes is a little one-on-one time with a parent for a child to really open up to them. The Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 (SFP 10-14) established in 2001 for pre-teens and their parents is designed to do just that. SFP 10-14 has been scientifically evaluated in a randomized, controlled test with families of sixth graders through Project Family at the Partnerships for Prevention Science Institute at Iowa State University (ISU). The overall goal for SFP 10-14 is to help families communicate better with each other and to help the kids learn to communicate effectively with their peers.

Lyon County fifth and sixth grade students and their parents are invited to enroll in this free, seven week program. Each weekly session is two hours long. Parents and youth meet in separate groups for the first hour and together as families during the second hour to practice skills, play games, and do family projects. Sessions are highly interactive and include role-playing, discussions, learning games, and family projects.

As a result of receiving a grant from the Lyon County Riverboat Foundation and the Lyon County Decategorization Board, this program is open to all families in and around Lyon County with youth age 10-14. Evenings include a free supper and free childcare for siblings ages 9 and under. Sessions will be the evenings of March 1, March 8, March 15, March 19, March 27, April 5 and April 12 at the George-Little Rock Elementary School (500 E Indiana Ave; George, IA) from 5:30-8:00 p.m.

Even if families cannot attend every session, they are still encouraged to attend as many sessions as their schedule allows. 

Parents learn about the different stresses that youth face today, while the youth talk about their goals and dreams. Then with their parents, youth talk about how they can achieve and support those goals. The youth also learn how to make good choices, how to seek out good friends and role models, and how to handle peer pressure. They are guided through discussions with a series of problem-solving steps such as: ask questions, name the problem, tell what could happen, suggest another route, start, and ask others to join you. In one exercise the parents step into the role of a child who wants to take part in a potentially risky activity while the children use what they learned to suggest alternatives. 

Weekly incentives are given to the families in attendance.

Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14


For more information, contact Principal Molly Schilling at the George-Little Rock Middle School or Laura Beyenhof at the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Lyon County, 712-472-2576 or

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