Leadership Development Program is Offered

PORT JERVIS – Apply Now! Through a special partnership with Cornell University Cooperative Extension (CCE), Port Jervis Middle School is able to offer a special leadership development program for ten families with children ages 10-14, called Strengthening Families for free.

Middle School Principal, Jean Fazzino Lain states “We are thrilled to again host a Cornell Cooperative Extension Program here at our school, they continue to provide our parents with informative and relevant programs, which help our parents help our students.“ The Strengthening Families Program is designed to be attended by families together. Each portion, for youth and for adults focuses on enhancing and building important life and success skills for youth and skills to support children for parents. Over the course of this 7-week series, participants will learn:
• How to raise children with Love AND Limits
• How to communicate effectively
• How to encourage goal setting and leadership development in our children
• How to use and teach consequences as a tool to learn important life skills
• How to build bridges between generations
• How to protect our children from substance abuse and respond to peer pressure
• Provide the opportunity for new friendships

The cost per family to attend this program is fully covered for all eligible families, no income restrictions apply, which is possible thanks to a grant from the Orange County Youth Bureau CCE. Additionally, the program provides childcare for younger siblings and even includes a meal for the whole family before each session. Sessions will be held on Wednesdays, starting October 3 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm at the Port Jervis Middle School on 118 E. Main St.
Julika von Stackelberg, one of the program facilitators states “it is a true privilege to see families develop new skills that support their success and to see them grow closer as a result.” Since space is limited, immediate registration is recommended. For questions or to register call 845-344-1234.

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