Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14



Program Overview:


The Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 (SFP 10-14) is a universal, evidence-based prevention program that targets adolescents ages 10 to 14 and their parents and/or caregivers. The program is generally offered to youth in grades 4th through 8th and as a strengths-based program, it is intended to build on the existing skills of any family. SFP 10-14 is intended to ease the challenges faced by families as youth transition into adolescence and to also prepare youth as they move from elementary school to a middle school or high school environment. During times of growth and transition, youth may encounter new stressors such as new peer influences, a more challenging school curriculum, and increased opportunities for independent decision-making. It is critical to strengthen family bonds, to help families learn skills to handle new challenges, and to guide youth as they become responsible young adults during times of increased vulnerability.

The parent, youth, and family skills-building curriculum is delivered in seven weekly sessions and is offered as independent, concurrent learning sessions for parents and youth, followed by joint family sessions. The program uses realistic videos, role-playing, discussions, learning games, and family projects to enhance parenting skills, build life skills in youth, and strengthen family bonds and communication. The program focuses on setting appropriate limits, using consequences, protecting against substance abuse, handling peer pressure, reaching out for help, understanding family values, and building family communication. The youth sessions also include topics such as identifying positive goals for the future, appreciating parents, managing stress, following rules, and resisting peer pressure.

The primary goals of the program are to build life skills in youth, including stress management, conflict resolution, and communication skills; enhance parenting skills and promote effective parenting styles; and to strengthen family bonds, promote positive communication, and enhance the ability to solve problems together. The program has demonstrated effectiveness in increasing caregivers’ ability to set appropriate limits and show affection and support to their youth. For youth, the program has demonstrated effectiveness in promoting critical life skills, such as coping and peer pressure resistance.¬† Research has also demonstrated long term impacts on adolescent substance use, aggression, and academic performance.

The COAD Group has been offering the Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 since 2010. To date, the program has been offered in the following communities throughout Chester County: Avon Grove, Coatesville, Downingtown, Kennett, Oxford, Phoenixville, and West Chester.

Program Contact Information:


For more information about the Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 or to register for the program,

Please contact Johnna Goodridge, Program Director, by phone at 484-713-1107 by e-mail at