10/11/20: The Empowering Youth and Families Program (EYFP) of Brunswick County was recognized recently by one of their community partners for their work in opioid prevention. The Brunswick County Health Department identified EYFP as an important part of the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) for their community. EYFP, which operates in cooperation with NC Cooperative Extension and is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), has been named by CHIP to assist in the ongoing movement to address the issue of substance misuse. With its focus on opioid prevention and building family communication skills, EYFP can be an asset to the Brunswick County community. They aim to engage with families all across the county over a two year period in collaboration with the Brunswick County Health Department.
In Nash County, their Empowering Youth and Families Program has been growing in spite of the many challenges presented by social distancing. Nash County EYFP will be continuing virtually this fall and is preparing to meet new families for this cohort. The program might look different, but the goals of the staff running it remain the same. In preparation for their fall season, Nash county EYFP will be holding a virtual open house on October 20th at 6:30pm to provide more information for those interested in participating. Adrienne Williams, the Program Assistant of Nash county EYFP, and other staff will also have a booth at one of the county’s early voting locations where they will be providing program information as well. Nash County EYFP is hopeful for this next season and looks forward to seeing families, new and old, join them virtually.
For Pender County EYFP who were making their preparations last week, they had their first virtual session of the fall season. As they did not complete all the sessions during the spring due to the pandemic, the families of the spring cohort returned to pick up where they left off with Session E of the Powerful Families, Powerful Communities (PFPC) curriculum. For this session, the families picked up their meals from Bandanas, a local food service, and all met virtually through Zoom. Session E was about identifying and discussing community resources for their county. All materials for the session’s activities were provided to the families beforehand. Facilitators talked to the youth first about recognizing the adult role models they had in their lives and followed up with an at-home activity where they made thank you cards for those adults. Afterwards, staff met with the caregivers and considered what community supports there were available to them such as with the Pender County Health Department. Both staff and families agreed it was great to see everyone again!
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