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Strengthening Families Program (SFP)



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Strengthening Families Program (SFP)

Meets for ten weeks of Wednesdays from 6 to 8 pm. SFP is designed to support families as their children grow into teenagers. To promote family bonding, families will enjoy fun activities and games together. Young people will learn how to handle frustration, appreciate their parents, resist peer pressure and get along with others. Parents will learn parenting skills and tips.

Registration required for this free program. A light meal and babysitting provided. Call for more information.

Youth Programs

*Alateen meetings will be held on Tuesdays, from 7 to 8 pm, beginning Tuesday, February 12. The program is for anyone affected by somebody else’s alcoholism. Parents, children, spouses, partners, brothers and sisters, and other family members of alcoholics are all welcome to attend, as are friends and those who work with alcoholics.

At meetings, members share their personal experiences, and learn to find personal happiness, whether or not the alcoholic in their lives is still drinking.

*Blizzard Brigade matches responsible students in grades 7-12 with residents who need help shoveling their walks and driveways. Residents should call NYFS discuss their needs with a coordinator; students should fill out an application at the Job Bank.

Although the time commitment is minimal, students must be organized, punctual, and have the ability to work with little supervision.

Job Bank is now taking applications from qualified 13–17-year-olds who would like employment babysitting, pet-sitting or performing other household chores. Call between 2:30 and 4:30 pm, on weekdays, for an application.

*NYCAAP will meet from 7 to 8 pm on Wednesday February 6, at the high school.

*Start Something, for seventh and eighth graders, meets Mondays from 2:30 to 4 pm for ten weeks. Start Something helps students define a specific personal goal, develop an action plan to achieve it, and explore careers within their interest areas.

Students have the opportunity to perform community service, and to qualify for scholarships. Call for more information.

*Yoga Mania for students in grades 7-12, meets on Tuesdays, from 3 to 4 pm. Build strength, improve flexibility and decrease anxiety in this free program. Parental permission and registration required.

*Don’t Be Bored…Play Board Games a free program on Thursday, February 7, from 2:15 to 4 pm.

Moms’ Programs

Mommy and Me, for first time moms and mothers of infants will begin soon. The program will meet for 12 Tuesdays, from 10:30 to 11:30. Call to register.

Gym Time meets at Edmond Town Hall on Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 am. Call to register.

Support Groups

Autism Group, for parents of children with special needs, meets the first Thursday of every month. Call Wendy Suckow, 364-1163, for more information.

Children of Divorce, for children ages 5 to 9, whose parents are divorced or divorcing, will meet on Thursday, February 7, from 5 to 6:30 pm.

Sib Shops, for children ages 5 to 9, whose siblings have special needs, will meet on Wednesday, February 6, from 5 to 6:30 pm.

All programs take place at NYFS, 17 Church Hill Road, unless otherwise noted. For more information or to register, call 270-4335.

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