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basketball game with familyImagine improved school performance and attitude in your youth at home, productive family meetings without arguments, and successful conversations about hard things. Most of these, at times, can seem like unattainable goals. Roadblocks like miscommunication, stressors, and emotions can have a lasting effect on how your family succeeds in life together.

The EYFP curriculum is built on the five protective factors: parental resilience, social connections, concrete support in times of need, knowledge of parenting and child development, and social and emotional competence of children. Research shows that these factors build family strengths and a family environment that promotes optimal child and youth development. This all translates into a better future for your family. 

EYFP is a ten-week 4-H program offered through Yancey Cooperative Extension, designed for middle school youth and their families. Throughout the duration of the program, families will be introduced to tools to accomplish the goals mentioned above, and much more! Each week, participating families will be provided with a meal, games, and activities. Youth will develop new relationships and friendships, and families will grow stronger from week to week.

In these times, we understand what a large commitment a ten-week class is. However, the benefits far outweigh the time you will sacrifice. Past EYFP participants have reported improvements in the following areas after finishing the program: 

  • Ability to communicate and problem solve together
  • Ability to identify shared values 
  • Hold more family meetings
  • Parents explain rules and consequences
  • Youth feel loved and respected
  • More involved in the community/felt part of something bigger
  • Comfortably hold conversations about peer pressure and the expectations, and consequences of alcohol, tobacco, and drug misuse 

Think of it this way – It’s like watching a season of a TV show, one episode at a time, once a week. Ten weeks seems like forever – until you go back and binge all the episodes on Netflix. What will your family’s season finale look like at the end of ten weeks?

For more information about the program, contact Niki Maness by phone (828) 682-6186 or by email at niki_maness@ncsu.edu. Learn more about EYFP online

Registration for the Empowering Youth and Families Program is open until September 10, 2021.

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Fall flyer with additional program details