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 New Hanover 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.