Strong Families Initative

Strong Families Initiative is a Montgomery County program that works closely with select parishes, schools and community-based organizations to provide Latino youth and their families an outlet to discuss the hardships they are facing and to be better equipped to face future difficulties.

About the Program

The program facilitates group circles in which youth can comfortably discuss issues, while also learning about important skills needed to transition into positive adults. Youth circles emphasize the importance of words and actions and help students to build a community where they can be vulnerable and held accountable.

Group circles are also available for parents to discuss family adversity issues in a nonjudgmental environment. Parent groups focus on techniques to strengthen family cohesion, establish weekly goals and build a community that nourishes healing, growth, and learning.

In both groups, Strong Families Initiative underscores the importance of building community and learning to be our authentic selves as a way of restoring the individual and, thus, the family.

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Group Circles

Youth Circles

Youth groups are either in Spanish or both English and Spanish, and typically run for 10 to 12 weeks. Participants in the groups vary in ages.

Youth groups are for those ages 14-17 and 11-13. There are occasional groups for elementary school students. Each group aims to offer a safe space where participants can speak openly about their challenges, set weekly goals, understand the importance of their words and actions, learn about important life and societal issues. The goal is for participants to learn what it means to be a positive adult and the steps in becoming one.

Parent Circle

Parent groups, taught in Spanish and run for 12 weeks, build a strong sense of community that encourages healing and learning, while strengthening families. Parents are provided a safe space to share difficulties and learn ways to improve family communication and relationships that restrengthen family reunification.

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