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Empowering Youth & Families Program

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Cooperative Extension Program invites you to experience the Empowering Youth and Families Program, developed by NC 4-H.

Join us for a 10-week journey to protect your family and combat the opioid crisis in our community.

What is the Purpose of This Program?

Empowering Youth and Families will focus on YOUR family and will build on the strong foundation already in place. But the goal of the program is much larger than just learning and growing as a family.

At the end of the ten weekly sessions, a family retreat will be held. During this retreat at a campground, the families from your county will join with families from other counties and design community outreach events to impact each county as a whole.

While we believe your family will benefit, we also know you and the other families in the program with you can reach and teach your county to help prevent opioid misuse through knowledge and healthy behaviors.

What Will We Do?

Each week, families with middle school youth will meet first to share dinner and fellowship with other families. Next, caregivers and youth will participate in separate sessions that provide age-appropriate training in the art of family building or information about opioid misuse. Finally, families will come back together to practice new skills and behaviors.

When Will We Meet?

The Empowering Youth and Families Program will be held in your community on the same night each week for a total of ten weeks (holidays and planned off weeks may be included as well). Depending on your family’s needs, child care may be facilitated at the meeting site for children younger than middle school.

Spring 2021 sessions start March 31!

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