Empowering Youth and Families Program

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Register Your Family

To sign up or if you have any questions about this program please call Adrienne Williams 252.459.9810 or send an email to ADWill23@ncsu.edu. 

This program is FREE and has been developed and implemented by
NC State University 4-H and funded by a Rural Health and
Safety Education grant and SAMHSA

Weekly session meetings will be held virtually via Zoom

N.C. Cooperative Extension and NC State University is excited, once again, to be able to offer the invaluable Empowering Youth and Families Program in Nash County. This FREE program is comprised of 4 core elements which provide intensive relationship and communication education for families with a focus on providing research-based information about the impact and statistics related to opioid misuse specifically to help youth and families make informed health decisions. A few statistics:

  • $582 million spent annually in North Carolina on opioid abuse
  • North Carolina ranked 16th nationally on health care cost associated with opioid abuse
  • North Carolina rural counties 116% increase in opioid-related deaths

Our Program

Families with youth ages 10-14 will meet each week to participate in sessions that provide age-appropriate training in the art of family building or information about opioid misuse and allow them to practice new skills and behaviors. This program is designed to:

  • Prevent youth substance misuse before it begins
  • Improve family relationships and communication skills
  • Educate communities about protective factors
  • Build resilient people, strong families and powerful communities

Community Event

Families in the program will work together with local partners and 4-H staff to present an event that will promote the prevention of opioid misuse to the citizens of Nash County and the broader community.

Developed and implemented by NC State University 4-H and funded by a Rural Health and Safety Education grant and SAMHSA