Strengthening Families Program 10-14

The Ohio Youth Resilience Collaborative is implementing the family-based Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 in 13 counties throughout Ohio, as part of a delivery system that includes both family-based and school-based programs to reduce risky behaviors and build resilience around youth and families.


What is Strengthening Families 10-14?

All partner school 6th graders and a caring adult are invited to participate in Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 (SFP 10-14). SFP 10-14 is an interactive program aimed at preventing teen substance misuse and other behavior problems, strengthening parenting skills, and building family cohesion. The program consists of 7 sessions, 2 hours each. Youth and adults are separate for the first hour of programming and reunite for strengthening activities the second hour. Most programming opportunities also include a weekly meal for the family to enjoy together. SFP 10-14 sessions are led by a trained volunteer in a community setting.

This scientifically tested curriculum:

  • Helps parents/caregivers learn nurturing skills that support their children
  • Teaches parents/caregivers how to effectively discipline and guide their youth
  • Gives youth a healthy future orientation and an increased appreciation of their parents/caregivers
  • Teaches youth skills for dealing with stress and peer pressure

The program addresses youth risk and protective factors.

Risk Factors

  • Aggressive or withdrawn behavior
  • Negative peer influence
  • Poor school performance
  • Lack of pro-social goals
  • Poor relationship with parents

Protective Factors

  • Positive future orientation
  • Peer pressure resistance skills
  • Pro-social peer relationships
  • Positive management of emotions
  • Empathy with parents

Program Benefits

A research study conducted by the Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute (insert link: 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 misuse treatment needs are reduced, and people have less involvement with law enforcement.

Recognition for Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14