The Power of Prevention

— Written By Tracey Hall and last updated by
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Do you ever think “someone should do something!” when you see or hear the mass numbers of teens involved in substance misuse in our community and the skyrocketing death rate from opioid misuse?

NOW is your chance! Your family can become stronger communicators and community advocates to fight against the dangers facing our young people, through the Empowering Youth and Families Program.

Research shows that substance use disorders begin and can be prevented in adolescence. A child who gets through age 21 without smoking, misusing alcohol or using illegal drugs is most likely not to do so. Delaying the onset of substance use is a power prevention tool.

The research shows that parents are still the greatest influence on a child’s decision to use alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Start the prevention early! Talk early and often!

Burke County 4-H is fortunate to offer the Empowering Youth and Families Program (EYFP) for middle school youth (ages 10-14) AND their caregivers!

The program is designed to improve family relationships and communication skills. It will help educate communities about protective factors. EYFP helps build resilient people, strong families, and powerful communities. We teach families and youth how to identify and respond to behavior versus emotion by helping families develop the tools they need. EYFP is designed to educate in order to prevent youth substance misuse before it begins.

Included in your FREE family registration is 10 weekly in person sessions, FREE family dinner provided with each session and an opportunity to grow closer as a family and a community. Each family participating in the EYFP program will receive a FREE “Confluence” family weekend retreat at Millstone 4-H camp.

The fall session starts October 27th and are looking to add a few more families. Please contact Tracey Hall at 828-764-9480 or to register your family or to receive more information.