By Vicki Allendorf, Iowa Partnerships for Success Project Coordinator | 

Over seven weeks parents and youth from Manchester made improving family relationships their priority.

The Strengthening Families program taught them evidenced-based strategies and skills to help youth reduce problem behaviors, prevent alcohol and drug abuse, and improve social skills and school performance.

In one group, teens and pre-teens played games to teach them how to get along with their peers and parents. Separately, parents learned how to build a positive relationship with their children. Then families came together to identify what makes them strong, how to solve problems together, and ways to strengthen their communications, all while having fun.

Your program has really made a difference in our family. —Mother Participant

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