PR: Strengthening Families Sept. 2017

2016 Strengthening Families Program participants – family activity with instructor Linda Coleman (in the yellow shirt).

Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County to offer
Strengthening Families at Minisink Valley Middle School

There is still time to register for this fun, free program starting in October, 2017!TheStrengthening Families Program is for parents/caregivers and their pre-teens (currently attending grades 6th- 8th), who will attend together. Over the course of this 7-week series, parents/caregivers and youth will learn:

Ways to strengthen family communication

Why pre-teens/teens act the way they do

How to work through conflict together

How to avoid problems with alcohol and other drugs

How to respond to peer pressure

And so much more…

Research shows that the best prevention lies in the strength of family bonds, healthy relationships and education, which is just what this programprovides: a unique and fun opportunity for parents and their pre-teens/teens to build upon their strengths, enhance relationships and communication skills, practice peer pressure resistance skills, and learn how to work through critical teen issues together.

The Strengthening Families Program is open to the public and will be taught by Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County, the Youth Bureau and the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council (ADAC) at the Minisink Valley Middle School. The series is free of charge to participants, thanks to generous funding through the NYS Office of Children and Family Services. A light family meal is included, and childcare for younger children in the family is available. The program begins on Wednesday, October 4th and will be held weekly until November 13, from 5:45 – 8:30 pm. Participating families are expected to attend all sessions.

Julika von Stackelberg, Parenting Educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension states “it is a true privilege to teach this program and see families grow closer as a result.” Since space is limited to ten families, immediate registration is recommended. For questions, or to register, please call 845-344-1234, or register online at


As part of the Family and Consumer Sciences Department of CCE-OC, our educators are committed to helping families succeed by providing current researched-based educational programs and resources in the areas of parenting and family life, nutrition education and financial management for Orange County residents and professionals.

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For Immediate Release CONTACT: Julika von Stackelberg, 845-344-1234

Last updated October 13, 2017