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New Hanover County Cooperative Extension offers Empowering Youth and Families Program to strengthen families, prevent opioid misuse

Posted March 26, 2019 at 10:55 am

New Hanover County, NC – The New Hanover County Cooperative Extension is offering the Empowering Youth and Families Program to help strengthen families, build healthy communication skills and prepare families to be active leaders in preventing opioid misuse. This free, 11-week program is designed for youth ages 10 to 14 and their caregivers.

The spring session begins Thursday, March 28 and concludes with an all-expenses paid family weekend retreat to the Eastern 4-H Center in Columbia, NC, May 31 to June 2.

“The Empowering Youth and Families Program is being implemented in nine other counties across the state and it has been incredibly successful, so we are delighted to bring it to New Hanover,” said New Hanover County Cooperative Extension and Arboretum Director Lloyd Singleton. “We are partnering with New Hanover County Public Health, Community Justice Services, and other community and social work groups to bring the best and most meaningful information to our participants. I’m excited to see families thrive and carry this information further into the community.”

Sessions will be held each Thursday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Nir Family YMCA, and will include a meal and activities that build strong family relationships, lessons on how to handle peer pressure, and sharing knowledge on substance use and opioid misuse. Child care is available during sessions by request. At the end of the 11-week program, families will attend a free weekend retreat at the Eastern 4-H Center in Columbia, NC, where they will participate in a variety of activities and work together with local partners to plan community programming and develop materials to raise awareness about opioid misuse and abuse.

The Empowering Youth and Families Program is free and registration is currently open for the Spring 2019, Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 sessions. Families may sign up for any session by contacting Kenan Bridges at 910-253-2597 or

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North Carolina Cooperative Extension is a strategic partnership of NC State Extension, The Cooperative Extension Program at N.C. A&T State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA), and local government partners statewide. In New Hanover County, Extension programs are offered in partnership with the New Hanover County Arboretum. Extension programs deliver research-based education and technology from NC State and N.C. A&T that enriches the lives, land and economy of North Carolinians. Extension professionals in all 100 counties and the Eastern Band of Cherokee provide educational programs specializing in agriculture, youth, communities, health and the environment. 

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