Mary Hicks (center) with participants in Strengthening Families program in Dryden NY
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Mary Hicks (center) with participants in Strengthening Families program in Dryden NY


Strengthening Families (Dryden)

  • Thursday, February 27, 2020, 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Thursday, March 5, 2020, 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Calling all Dryden Families with youth in 6th-8th grades for our FREE Strengthening Families Program for parents and youth aged 10-14! This weekly class is a proven effective, family inclusive program that promotes positive communication, family bonding, and joint problem solving skills.

The sessions will begin with a shared family meal and then parents and youth will break off into different sections to learn skills. Parent/caregivers will discuss: normal developmental changes in teenagers; helping youth avoid risks and substance use; setting age appropriate limits; effective joint problem solving skills; ways to show love and support to their children. Youth will learn about: making good decisions and setting goals; peer pressure resistance skills to avoid problems with drugs and alcohol; empathy and appreciation of parents/caregivers; how to cope with stress. 

Classes will be held 5:00-7:30pm on February 27, March 5, 12, 19 & 27 and April 2 & 16 (no class April 9th).  March 5 is the last day to join the class.

Dinner is provided. Free childcare will be provided for children not able to participate in class curriculum.  If you have questions or would like to register please contact:

Juliana Garcia 607-272-2292 ext. 115
Mary Hicks
Kate Benas



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Juliana Garcia
Two Generation Family & Community Educator
(607) 272-2292 ext. 115 (Voicemail 247)


Dryden Elementary School
36 Union Street
Dryden, New York 13053

Last updated February 3, 2020