Empowering Youth & Families Program
The Empowering Youth & Families Program is a FREE, ten-session special interest 4-H club for families with youth, ages 10-14. It is presented by NC State University and coordinated through the local Cooperative Extension office. We focus on learning and growing as a family unit with program goals including the following:
- Increasing the family’s ability to identify values that support the family unit.
- Decreasing the likelihood of youth participation in substance misuse by addressing protective factors and adverse childhood experiences.
- Increasing the family unit’s ability to communicate and problem solve together.
- Empowering youth and adults to work with community leaders to create change and educate the public about the impact of the opioid epidemic and our community.
EYFP meets once a week for dinner, fellowship, learning, and fun! Families are treated to dinner from 5:30–6 p.m. each session. This is a great time to interact with each other, other families and program facilitators. From 6–7 p.m., caregivers and youth participate in separate sessions and then come back together to share what they learned and practice newly learned skills from 7–8 p.m.
At the end of our ten weeks together, families who complete the program are eligible to participate in a family retreat weekend at the Eastern 4-H Center in Columbia, NC where they spend time together as a family as well as with other families from across the state who have completed the program. We wrap up our program by working together as a county to plan an outreach event to educate others about the opioid crisis in our community and our program overall.