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Parenting and Family Programs

Chowan County, Confident, Effective Parents on Board, 1999-2000
Chowan County, Confident, Effective Parents on Board, a series of parenting workshops designed to increase effective parenting skills and child involvement. The goal is to build a strong base of supportive parents. Project Coordinator: Ms. Kimberly S. Lokeman, White Oak Elementary 111 Sandy Ridge Road, Edenton, NC 27932, Phone: (252) 221-4078.

Cleveland County, Parent and Youth Skills (PAYS) Nurturing Project, 2001-2002
Cleveland County, Parent and Youth Skills (PAYS) Nurturing Project, a project of the Youth Assistance Program, is a prevention/education parenting and youth skills program designed to enhance family relationships and improve the home environment, thus striving to help prevent substance abuse and/or other negative behaviors that might lead to court-involvement. The Nurturing Project will teach parents how to reinforce positive behavior, and help them change dysfunctional, destructive relationships within their home. This will be done through twelve weeks of classes focusing on communication skills between the parent and child, natural and logical consequences, reducing abusive behaviors and developing anger management/conflict resolution skills for parents and youth. Project Coordinator: Charity Larsen, Youth Assistance Program PO Box 2705, Shelby, NC 28151, Phone: 704-482-2315, Funded: $2,000.

Cumberland County, Parent-To-Parent, 2002-2003
Cumberland County, Parent-To-Parent is an initiative to enlist parental participation in the overall prevention effort. The coordinator will recruit parents from the Housing Authority's Prevention Education classes, Community Centers and PTA and Staff Development Meetings at the schools. Upon recruitment, parents will be organized into action groups such as parent peer groups, parent/classroom school groups, parent support groups and parent neighborhood groups. The groups will go through the Parent-To-Parent training curriculum in an effort to develop a cadre of informed parents who are equipped with the tools necessary to address the problems of youth ATOD use in their communities. The participant's will take pre- and post-tests to establish whether there has been a positive impact in the three areas of knowledge, skills and belief. Project Coordinator: George Elliott, CCMH PO Box 3069, Fayetteville, NC 28302-3069, Phone: 910-323-0601, Funded: $2,000.

Cumberland County, Parent and Child Connection Project, 2000-2001
Cumberland County, Parent and Child Connection Project is a collaborative effort between Mental Health and Ramsey Alternative School. The school serves students who have shown low academic performance and/or violent behavior. This project focuses on parents and students with a strong ATOD prevention component. It provides for parent focus groups, workshops to improve parent/child relationships, and weekly meetings with students. Project Coordinator: Jeri-Lynn Robinson, Cumberland County Mental Health Center 109 Bradford Avenue, Fayetteville, NC 28301, Phone: 910-323-0601, Funded: $2,000

Edgecombe County, Working Together  For the Children (Parenting Wisely), 2003-2004
Edgecombe County, Working Together For the Children - 2003-2004 The Family Resource Center in Princeville will offer substance abuse and other educational services, as well as support services to families devoted to raising foster children. The specific programs that these foster families will receive are model program "Parenting Wisely: Foster and Residential Care 2002" and the "Parent to Parent" program, which Wilson Families in Action has loaned to this program. Currently there are no programs offered like this in Edgecombe County. The resource center will work closely with the Edgecombe County Department of Social Services to reach its target population. Contact: Susan Morgan, Edgecombe County Public Schools, PO Box 7128, 412 Pearl Street, Tarboro, NC 27886, 252-641-7096, Funded: $2,000.

Edgecombe County, Grandparents in the Know, 2002-2003
Edgecombe County, Grandparents in the Know, a project of Edgecombe County Schools, is in its second year of providing a support/educational group for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. The program is designed to equip and empower grandparents to help their grandchildren deal with current day pressures and issues such as substance abuse prevention and its effects on the family. Various community agencies and organizations will provide valuable information regarding available services, and students from ECU's Department of Health Education and Promotion will deliver a health education program. The meetings will be held bi-monthly from September 2002 through April 2003, with some of the meetings involving both the grandparents and the children they are raising. Project Coordinator: Susan Morgan, Edgecombe County Schools PO Box 7128, Tarboro, NC 27886, Phone: 252-641-7096, Funded: $2,000.

Edgecombe County, Grandparents in the Know, 2001-2002
Edgecombe County, Grandparents in the Know, a project of Edgecombe County Schools, reaches into the community to help grandparents become more knowledgeable about issues and concerns facing children today. Group sessions, featuring speakers and educational materials will be provided over a 10-week period at a Community Resource Center. The program is designed to equip and empower grandparents to help their grandchildren current day pressures and issues. Various community agencies and organizations will provide valuable information regarding services. The Princeville community, totally flooded in 1999, is not only rebuilding physically, but also making efforts to build knowledge and understanding of its cadre of grandparents, many of whom are raising grandchildren. Project Coordinator: Susan Morgan, Edgecombe County Schools PO Box 7128, Tarboro, NC 27886, Phone: 252-641-2600, Funded: $2,000.

Gates County, Growing Up in 2001, 2000-2001
Gates County, Growing Up in 2001, will provide training for parents and their elementary children as part of the county school system's Character Education Plan. Parents and children meet separately for video-based workshops and discussions, then come together for group discussions. Playshops, a program focusing on play activities will be added to the existing training. This program allows parents and children to learn new ways to build communication, rapport, trust, and respect. By integrating these two programs, participants will develop more effective skills for home and school. Project Coordinator: Susan Ward, School Counselor, T. S. Cooper Elementary School RR1, Box 81, Sunbury, NC 27979, Phone: 252-465-4091, Funded: $2,000

Gates County, Parents and Children Train Together (PACTT), 2000-2001
Gates County, Parents and Children Train Together (PACTT), integrates a parenting/life skills training family project and multi-agency technical assistance. In a rural county where females account for 16% as heads of households, this community-based project focuses on 10 such families to improve parenting skills, life skills and general improvement within the family unit. An added component involves workshops with "mothers and sons" to improve interpersonal relationships. Project Coordinator: Reba Green-Holley, County Director, Gates County Cooperative Extension PO Box 46, Gatesville, NC 27938, Phone: 252-357-1400, Funded: $2,000

Gates County, Raising Kids in Troubled Times, 1999-2000
Gates County, Raising Kids in Troubled Times, a series of workshops providing parenting and character education to the parents of elementary and middle school students. The purpose of the program is to improve parenting skills as well as providing an opportunity for parent to meet each other and establish an open line of communication that is often lacking in a rural community. Project Coordinator: Ms. Susan Ward, T.S. Cooper Elementary School PO Box 153, Sunbury, NC 27979, Phone: (252) 465-4091

Gates County, Parents and Children Train Together, 1999-2000
Parents & Children Train Together, an integrated family involvement project that provides parenting/life skills training and multi-agency technical assistance to economically deprived families in a rural area. Project Coordinator: Ms. Reba Green-Holley, Gates County Extension Service PO Box 46, Gatesville, NC 27938, Phone: (252) 357-1400

Greene County, Parenting Wisely, 2003-2004
Greene County, Parenting Wisely - 2003-2004 The Greene County Schools and the Lucy Hart Hill Family Literacy program are going to use the "Parenting Wisely" curriculum to help parents deal with the issues such as delinquency, academic failure, substance abuse, violence, irresponsible and reckless behavior, chronic family conflict and depression. The goal is to help parents prevent their children from encountering these problems. Parents will be grouped according to the ages of their children, with one group for parents of children of the ages 1-10 years and another group for parents of teens. The target population is made up of about 75% Hispanic/Latino and the remaining participants being African American and European American. The participants will either be attending the family literacy program or will be court referred. Contact: Lou Anne Shackelford, Greene County Schools, Lucy Hart Hill Family Literacy, 602 West Harper Street, Snow Hill, NC 28580, 252-747-4300, Funded: $2,000

Johnston County, Family Connection Project, 2002-2003
Johnston County, Family Connection Project, a faith-based program through the St. John A.M. E. Church, focuses on building the family unit and enhancing the educational experiences of youth. The parents of the children who attend this after-school program will receive parent training to address specific family needs. The student participants will participate in group sessions on (1) getting along in the family, (2) study skills; tips on successful test taking, (3) Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Interested adult volunteers will also receive mentoring training in order to mentor one of the participants. A volunteer teacher from the local school will use substance abuse prevention materials to train the parents and will also read with the children and parents children books on issues of being a good friend, alcohol use in the family and how to accept others. Project Coordinator: Shirley Cohen, St. John A.M.E. Church PO Box 1080, Selma, NC 27577, Phone: 919-934-9810 ext. 234, Funded: $2,000.

Johnston County, Family Connection Project, 2001-2002
Johnston County, Family Connection Project, a project of St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church, supports families by providing educational resources and parent skill training. Group interactive sessions will use Stephen Covey's Seven Habits of Highly Effective People to assist parents in learning appropriate skills for training their children and strengthening family relationships. Participants will have opportunities to participate in small discussions and reflect on the seven habits as well as practice skill development on anger management, problem solving, and goal setting. The intent is to help to build more resilient families. Project Coordinator: Shirley Cohen, St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church PO Box 1080, 400 West Watson Street, Selma, NC 27576, Phone: 919-965-5090, Funded: $2,000.

Johnston County, Family Connection, 2000-2001
Johnston County, Family Connection is a parent education and resource program held in a faith setting. Active Parenting materials and science-based video are used in training sessions to strengthen family relationships, while promoting protective factors. The desired outcomes include increased parent involvement in the schools, positive family bonding, reduction in drugs, violence and abusive behaviors in the home and community. Project Coordinator: Shirley Cohen, Education Coordinator, St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church PO Box 1080, Selma, NC 27576, Phone: 919-934-9810, Funded: $2,000

Johnston County, Read Along, 2000-2001
Johnston County, Read Along, a school-based, family reading program provides an opportunity for parents and children to spend quality time learning to read together. Reading Specialists, realizing the need for students reading in and out of school, provide helpful hints and reading strategies for parents on how to read to and with their children so that effective learning takes place. Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students and their parents come together for an evening of concurrent reading sessions. At the end of the evening, each parent/child is given a bag of "Keep Books" to emphasize the need of reading together beyond this experience. Project Coordinator: Patsy Glover, Reading Recovery/Title I Teacher, Benson Elementary School 2040 Hwy. 50 N, Benson, NC 27504, Phone: 919-894-4233, Funded: $1,200

Johnston County, Read Along, 1999-2000
Johnston County, Read Along, is a family reading program that provides an opportunity for parents and children to read together. Reading Specialists teach parents how to read to their children so that effective learning takes place. Project Coordinator: Ms. Patsy Glover, Benson Elementary School 2040 Hwy. 50 N, Benson, NC 27504, Phone: (919) 894-4233

Nash County, Family Resource Lab, 1999-2000
Nash County, Family Resource Lab, is a collaborative effort between the Cooperative Extension Service and Swift Creek Elementary School. The lab will provide training and resource sharing to parents throughout the community with a special emphasis on meeting the needs of families who are considered high risk. Project Coordinator: Ms. Sandy Hall, NC Cooperative Extension, Nash County Room 102, Ag Center Drive, Nashville, NC 27856, Phone: (252) 459-9810

New Hanover County, G.E.T. R.E.A.L, 2002-2003
New Hanover County, G.E.T. R.E.A.L, is a follow-up program to Project Alert facilitated by Coastal Horizons Center, Inc. last year. Through a collaborative effort with Family Services and the New Hanover County Schools, the center will host 5 separate sessions of the program for middle school students and their families The project will focus on family support, positive family communication, parent involvement, achievement motivation, planning and decision-making and self-esteem through a day-long ropes/climbing and experiential adventure. The ropes course enables the families to develop interpersonal and trusting relations by participating in a fun and challenging activity. The facilitators will evaluate the program by administering pre/post surveys to both the parents and youth. An additional goal of the project is to strengthen collaborative efforts with partnering agencies to reduce substance use in the local community. Project Coordinator: Deeanna Hale-Holland, Coastal Horizons Center, Inc. 615 Shipyard Blvd., Wilmington, NC 28412, Phone: 910-343-0145, Funded: $2,000.

Preparing for the Drug Free Years (PDFY) Curricula Awards, 2002-2003
Preparing for the Drug Free Years (PDFY) Curricula Awards Robeson County, Palmer Prevention, Inc., and Wilson County, Wilson Families in Action, was each awarded a PDFY curriculum. This program is a series of five 2-hour workshops that empower parents of children aged 9-12 to reduce the risk that their children will develop drug problems. In this program, parents learn how to reduce family risk factors, enhance family protective factors, teach children skills to make healthy choices and employ parenting skills that would reduce children's health risks. The sessions include "Getting Started: How to Prevent Drug Abuse in Your Family," "Setting Guidelines: Developing Healthy Beliefs and Clear Standards," "Avoiding Trouble: How to Say No to Drugs", "Managing Conflict: How to Control and Express Anger" and "Involving Everyone: How to Strengthen Family Bonds." Project Coordinator: LaTasha Murray, Palmer Prevention, Inc. PO Box 9, Lumberton, NC 28359, Phone: 910-522-1169.

Pitt County, Helping to Encourage Learning and Progress (HELP), 2003-2004
Pitt County, Helping to Encourage Learning and Progress (HELP) - 2003-2004 The C.M. Eppes Middle School HELP project is designed to enhance overall student personal/social development and positive student-parent interaction. The goal is to reduce the number of student behavioral/discipline infractions and increase student awareness and skills for prevention of the use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs via a parent-student interaction program. The students are identified through the school and are required to attend six weekly sessions during the fall and spring semesters of 2003/04 with a parent or other responsible adult. The sessions cover issues such as understanding the middle school student, helping to resolve conflicts, setting priorities as a student, developing self-esteem and help with homework and test taking. Contact: Pamela Williamson, C. M. Eppes Middle School, Pitt County Schools, 1100 South Elm Street, Greenville, NC 27834, 252-757-2160, Funded: $800.

Pitt County, Family Matters, 1999-2000
Pitt County, Family Matters, is an educational/prevention parenting program aimed at empowering parents to improve the quality of their own lives and to raise healthy, happy children. The program uses strategies aimed at reducing antisocial behaviors in youth. Project Coordinator: Ms. Debra McKoy, Phillippi Missionary Baptist Church PO Box 124, Simpson, NC 27879-0124, Phone: (252) 758-9658

Wake County, Girls on the Run and Parent to Parent, 2003-2004
Wake County, Girls on the Run and Parent to Parent - 2003-2004 The 4H BASES of Wake County is going to provide the Girls on the Run curriculum to girls that would otherwise not be able to afford to participate in this program. Girls on the Run is a life-changing character development program for girls ages 8-12 that uses running to teach essential life skills. The primary objective of this program is to reduce the potential display of at-risk activities among its participants. The goal is fewer adolescent pregnancies and eating disorder, less depression and suicide attempts, as well as fewer substance/alcohol abuse problems and confrontations with the juvenile justice system. The 24-lesson plan will encourage positive emotional, social, mental, spiritual and physical development. In conjunction with this project, the parents of these girls and other parents in the county will be offered the Parent to Parent program. This program will train and equip the parents with the skills, attitudes and abilities they need to get their children through the adolescent year without significant drug or alcohol use. Contact: Claudine Parker, Wake County Human Services, 4H BASES, Best Friends Mentoring Program, 568 E. Lenoir Street, Suite 200, Raleigh, NC 27601, 919-856-5337, Funded: $2,000

Wake County, KISS (Keeping in Step with Studies), 2002-2003
Wake County, KISS (Keeping in Step with Studies), through SouthLight Prevention Services and in collaboration with Wake County Housing Authority and the Wake Forest Citizens' Substance Abuse Task Force, serves the youth of the Massey Apartment public housing complex. This program offers both the lifeskills training for the kids and the Parent-to-Parent curriculum for the adults. The expected accomplishments of this program are to provide an accessible program to youth from kindergarten through the 5th grade, expose youth to positive role models through tutors and speakers, create access for youth and family through contact with school personnel, improve school attendance, performance and reduced behavior infraction and involve parents whose children are enrolled. In addition, the program will use the curriculum Drug Prevention for Early Childhood for children in grades K-2 developed by the Department of Education. Project Coordinator: David Turpin, SouthLight, Inc. 3117 Poplarwood Court, Suite 326, Raleigh, NC 27604, Phone: 919-787-6131, Funded: $1,300.

Wake County, Parent to Parent, Parenting for Safe and Drug Free Youth, 2001-2002
Wake County, Parent to Parent, Parenting for Safe and Drug Free Youth, is an ongoing video-based program that continues to see a growing demand for Parent to Parent workshops. This project will train a new Team Leader/Parent to Parent Coordinator as a Master Facilitator and will purchase materials for the implementation of the program. The vision of the providers is to offer this program to all of the community- based, youth serving agencies who partner together, plus 4-H service learning projects, after school programs, youth advocacy groups, community clubs, etc. Project Coordinator: Lynda Muriera, Wake County Human Services 4-H Youth Development 568 E. Lenoir Street, Suite 200, Raleigh, NC 27601, Phone: 919-856-6463, Funded: $2,000.

Wake County Parent to Parent: Parenting for Safe and Drug Free Youth, 2000-2001
Wake County Parent to Parent: Parenting for Safe and Drug Free Youth. Wake County has 54 people who are trained to facilitate the video-based Parent to Parent series. This year, 15 additional facilitators will be trained. Eight parent workshops will be held, with three of those being provided in two correctional facilities and a court services unit. One Spanish version workshop will be offered. Project Coordinator: Becky Mangum, Wake County Human Services/SRC 130 N. Judd Parkway NE, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526, Phone: 919-557-1073, Funded: $2,000

Wake County, Parent to Parent, 1999-2000
Wake County, Parent to Parent, trains community volunteers as facilitators for the Parent to Parent video based prevention program. These volunteers provide programming to parents through the county. Project Coordinator: Ms. Becky Mangum, Wake County Human Services PO Box 46833, Raleigh, NC 27620, Phone: (919) 212-7691

Wilson County, Simple Pleasures and Parent-to-Parent, 2002-2003
Wilson County, Simple Pleasures and Parent-to-Parent, will be provided by Wilson Families in Action (WFA). Simple Pleasures is an ongoing activity designed to strengthen families and communities by demonstrating to participants the importance of low cost or no cost fun activities as healthy alternatives to alcohol and other drug involvement. This is a collaborative effort among several community agencies and organizations. The Parent-to-Parent program is the WFA's initiative to revitalize its parent training effort. WFA is serving as the coordinating agency for the new NC Parent Corps initiative that currently includes 11 sites and 14 Parent Leaders. WFA will train 2 facilitators and implement 4 parent workshops involving up to 32 parents/caregivers. The participants will develop attitudes and abilities to deal more directly with the critical adolescent issues of drug and alcohol use, violence and other risky behaviors. Project Coordinator: Phillip Mooring, Wilson Families in Action, Inc. PO Box 3553, Wilson, NC 27895, Phone: 252-237-1242, Funded: $2,000.