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Brunswick County

The Empowering Youth & Families Program is an evidence-based program geared towards youth and their caregivers. EYFP is a program that aims to encourage self-determination and parenting skill building to strengthen youth and families in an effort to promote community resilience. The primary focus of the program is opioid prevention, with emphasis on healthy decision making and building resilience. Each family participates in a ten session program that is designed to strengthen their relationships and empower them to lead community change. Families share dinner at no cost during each weekly session. At the end of the ten weeks, participating families take part in a free weekend retreat at an Eastern 4-H Center, where they learn community action planning and create a vision for opioid misuse prevention in their community.

The first Brunswick County EYFP cohort was held in the spring of 2019. Programming continues to grow, and we invite you to learn more about participating in the next EYFP cohort.

Meet Our People

Mark W Blevins

Mark W Blevins, Ed.D.

County Extension Director – Agriculture Agent
  • County Director with NC Cooperative Extension for nearly 8 years.
  • Recently received his Doctorate in Agricultural and Extension Services.
  • Committed to making a positive impact in his community by working with the Empowering Youth and Families Program.
Morgan King

Morgan King

Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
  • 3rd year as a 4-H Youth Development Agent in Brunswick County.
  • Loves working with youth, specifically teaching leadership and STEM.
  • Enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time outdoors.
Angie Lawrence

Angie Lawrence

Program Associate, 4-H Youth Development
  • A wife, mother, sister, nana, daughter, mentor, and friend.
  • Has a heart for helping others discover their full potential so that these friends, family, students, etc. can help others.
  • Has served youth and adults through the NC Cooperative Extension’s 4-H program in Brunswick County for 13 years.
  • Healthy Living is her passion.
  • Driven by helping others discover skills and knowledge so that they might have the desire to have a healthy mind, body, and soul at a young age and encouraging them to share this knowledge.
Haylee Allen

Haylee Allen

Program Assistant, Empowering Youth and Families Program
  • 13+ years working in the Human Services field with youth and adults, ages 5+
  • Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor with the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board
  • BA in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice from North Carolina Wesleyan College; currently pursuing a graduate degree in Social Work
  • Born in Wilmington, NC, Haylee is passionate about promoting substance use prevention and building community resilience in her native southeastern North Carolina.
Allison Campbell

Allison Campbell

  • A health educator at Brunswick County Health Services
  • Graduated from UNC Charlotte in 2012 with a BA in Communication Studies
  • Has worked in public health for 2.5 years
  • Favorite part about her job is working with others and learning about the community.
  • Enjoys going to the beach and spending time with her family and friends.

Program Contact Information

EYFP PA – Haylee Allen

  • 25 Referendum Dr., Bolivia, NC 28422
  • Office: 910-253-2597
  • hballen2@ncsu.edu