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Strengthening Families

Strengthening Families Programs have been enriching the lives of families across America since 1986 and are aimed at parents and/or caregivers and their youth. The programs are designed to help parents and caregivers build on their strengths in showing love, setting limits, helping youth develop skills in handling peer pressure, building a positive future and ultimately helping families grow together. Each week the program starts with a free communal dinner before the evening session and includes on-site childcare for any younger siblings. Families meet together once a week (over 7 weeks) for two 1 hour skill building sessions. During the first hour of each week, parents and youth meet separately with facilitators to work on specific skills and then they rejoin for the second hour for fun family activities. Register Here.

Active Parenting of Teens (English and Spanish)

Active Parenting of Teens is an Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Model Program and on NREPP   that helps parents meet the challenges of parenting teens and preteens in two three session mini-courses. Parents will learn the skills they need to communicate effectively with their teens, encourage better behavior, use positive discipline techniques, and teach responsibility including: How to talk with your adolescent about violence, sex, alcohol and other drugs; Solving problems together; Reinforcing your adolescent’s courage and inner strength; Building your adolescent’s sense of responsibility; Communicating effectively and gaining respectful behavior from your adolescent; and How to discipline adolescents. Parents who complete five of the six sessions offered will be considered to have completed Active Parenting of Teens. Register Here.

1,2,3,4 Parents!

1,2,3,4  Parents! is an evidence- based program on NREPP which is targeted to adolescent parents of 1-4 year olds.  MCPIK knows through its current work with the juvenile justice population that many Morris County youth involved with the juvenile justice system are also teen parents. This parenting program is part of the Active Parenting Now series which MCPIK already uses with other segments of Morris County and continues the positive parenting approach.  The 1, 2, 3, 4 Parents! program is divided into three 90-minute sessions that expose young parents to the basics of child-rearing, including discipline, self-esteem and accident proofing. The curriculum has been described as fun, provides real life examples, and is easy-to-understand.  Participating in 3.6 hours of the 1, 2, 3, 4 Parents! Program will be deemed a completion. Register Here.

Pathways to Independence

Pathways to Independence is a program designed to help older teens and young adults prepare for life on their own after leaving home, a shelter or the detention center. They are taught the skills needed to take on the challenges of adulthood. The program  is open to all Morris County youth aged 16-21, particularly those involved in, or who are “aging out” of the court system, youth shelter or other at-risk situations. Youth who complete eight of the nine weeks of programming will have been deemed to have completed the Pathways program.Register Here.

Keys to Innervisions Program

The KIV program complements the Pathways described immediately above.  A small group of 3-5 youth will receive eight hours of the core curriculum of this cognitive behavioral restructuring program, which is grounded in the belief that an individual’s thinking and beliefs that lead to violence, substance abuse, school failure and other anti-social behaviors can be changed. Register Here.