Making a difference

The Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 has made a difference in thousands of families in all 50 states and in over 25 countries.

Parents want to protect their children, but it’s challenging. Youth need skills to help them resist the peer pressure that leads to risky behaviors. Research shows that protective parenting improves family relationships and decreases the level of family conflict, contributing to lower levels of substance use.


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Program benefits

  • A research study conducted by the Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute found a return of $9.60 for every dollar spent implementing the Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14.
  • Schools are better places to learn, employers have less distracted employees, substance abuse treatment needs are reduced, and people have less involvement with law enforcement.

Recognized by federal agencies

Exemplary Program, Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency PreventionBlueprints for Healthy Youth Development

Exemplary Program, U.S. Department of Education

Model Program, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention

Program of Distinction, National 4-H Headquarters & Cooperative State Research, Education, & Extension Service

Universal Program, National Institute on Drug Abuse

Promising Program, Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development 

Well-Supported ProgramThe California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse

Supported ProgramTitle IV- E Prevention Services Clearinghouse

Awarded in 2007: Annie E. Casey Foundation Family Strengthening Award