Family-Based Programs

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

What is Strengthening Families 10-14?

All partner school 6th graders and a caring adult from home are invited to participate in Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 (SFP 10-14). SFP 10-14 is an interactive program to prevent teen substance misuse and other behavior problems, strengthen parenting skills and build 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, and
  • 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  • Aggressive or withdrawn behavior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