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Fall Newsletter 2017

Welcome back students
and families!

 

The new school year can be an exciting time of trying out for sports, joining special interest clubs and making new friends. These years are filled with opportunities and adventures. But navigating the adolescent years can also be a tumultuous time for teens and their families. For some students this transition is smooth but many students experience struggles including risk-taking behaviors, impulsive action, and experimentation with alcohol and drugs.

The Center for Family Outreach has a long tradition of excellence in providing education, prevention and early intervention programming for students and their families. Our goals are to strengthen family relationships, promote positive communication, and enhance the ability to solve problems together as a family. Our greatest strengths are the compassion, integrity, and support we have for students and their families.

Our program assists parents and teenagers with identifying solutions. We do this by introducing a series of life skill programs which addresses substance abuse, academic failure, challenging relationships, bullying/cyberbullying, and crisis conflict within the family. We utilize skill development strategies and evidenced based curricula.

How do you know if your student is struggling?


Warning signs may include high risk behavior, lack of motivation, inability to complete everyday tasks, unhealthy communication patterns, and academic decline. Teens may also show signs of substance abuse, emotional or behavioral issues, bullying and manipulative behavior. If your teen is displaying any of these warning signs, please call us for information on how we may be able to help your family.

Our prevention programs are designed to be both educational and engaging. Participants can expect to build their knowledge and skills through the use of experiential learning activities, team building, role playing, group discussions, goal setting and behavior modification strategies.

If you have any questions regarding our programs, please feel free to call me at 970-495-0084 or by email at Lauriek@tcffo.org for more information. We look forward to hearing from you.

Enjoy your school year!

Laurie Klith
Executive Director


 


Our Mission: The mission of The Center for Family Outreach (The Center) is to help Larimer County youth (ages 8-18) and their families achieve and sustain long-term positive changes and healthy relationships. We do this by providing individual assessment, education, and custom designed programs to develop successful and positive citizens.
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A Young Woman’s Journey

Inspiring young women (ages 13-18) to grow up with confidence and find their way in the world. We address decision making, anxiety, self-esteem, depression, peer relationships and communication.

Young at Heart

This program for 8 to 12 year olds encourages ethical, responsible, and caring behavior as well as appreciation for diversity. Students will learn how to identify and prevent bullying behavior.

The Power of Conversation

Many students struggle with conflict resolution, peer influences and unhealthy communication. The Power of Conversation helps teens improve listening and empathy skills, identify non-verbal and social communication cues, and better express their thoughts and feelings.
 

Why Try

Teens gain insight into how to deal with daily challenges such as behavioral issues, academic struggles and lack of motivation. Students learn to make character based decisions, have a better understanding of their own passion or purpose, and are connected to a support system.

Navigating Life in Teen Transition

This 7-week class for teens addresses drug and alcohol awareness and prevention for students who may be experimenting with substance abuse or struggling with peer influence.


 

Service Learning

Youth (ages 8-18) are provided with opportunities to build self-esteem, engage with the community, learn problem solving skills, and display leadership by doing community service projects. Topics include environmental stewardship, food and hunger, bike repair, clothing drives and public art.

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Meet Some of Our Staff
Heidi Borrego is a Case Manager at The Center. In her Power of Conversation classes Heidi helps students take responsibility for positive changes in their lives by helping them to understand their own perception, attitudes and behaviors.
Rachel Kelley is our Bilingual Case Manager. She works with students ages 8-18, teaching positive decision-making and goal-setting skills. Rachel also runs the Tutoring Program at the Center, where she provides supports to help build academic competency and resiliency in youth.
Megan Verros is a Case Manager at The Center. Megan teaches both the Navigating Life and A Young Woman’s Journey classes. Students in these classes learn about positive coping skills, communication styles, and decision making.
Laurie Klith is the Executive Director and founder of The Center for Family Outreach which opened in 2000. She is responsible for the overall management, budget and financial systems, fundraising/grant writing, strategic development, and educational program development. Laurie also is a class instructor, case manager and oversees The Center's staff.
 

Tips on Parenting

Raising kids is one of the toughest and most fulfilling jobs in the world — but you might not feel the prepared. Here are 10 tips.

1) Don’t Be Afraid to be the “Bad” Parent: Sometimes, our fear of negative reaction from our kids keeps us from doing what is right. When it comes to alcohol and drugs, taking a tough stand can help our children to say no. Our rules can allow our child to use us as “the reason” for not using alcohol or drugs. (“My mom or my dad would kill me if I drank or used.”)

2) Connect with Your Child’s Friends: Pay attention to who your child is hanging out with, who’s coming to the house and get to know them. Encourage your child to invite friends over to the house and make them feel welcomed.

3) Make Connections with Other Parents: As you get to know your kid's friends, take the opportunity to introduce yourself to his/her parents. It’s a great way to build mutual support and share your rules about alcohol and drugs. And, it will make it easier for you to call if your son/daughter is going to a party at their house to make sure that there will be responsible parental supervision.

4) Promote Healthy Activities: Help your kids, and their friends, learn how to have fun, and fight off the dreaded “I’m bored.” Physical games, activities and exercise are extremely important because of the positive physical and mental benefits. Encourage kids to become engaged in other school and community activities such as music, sports, arts or a part-time job. The more your children are active, the less time they have to get caught up in the pressure from peers to drink alcohol and use drugs.

5) Be a Role Model and Set a Positive Example: Bottom line, from a kid’s perspective, what you do is more important than what you say! Research studies show that parents who drink alcohol or use drugs are more likely to have kids who drink or use. If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation; if you use medication, use only as directed, and do not use illegal drugs. If you host a party, always serve alternative non-alcoholic beverages and do not let anyone drink and drive.
6) Become Educated About Alcohol and Drugs: You cannot rely on your own personal experiences or common sense to carry you through. Your ability to provide family leadership in prevention requires you to be better educated. And, as you learn, share what you are learning with your spouse and your kids.

7) Establish Clear Family Rules About Alcohol and Drugs: Setting specific, clear rules are the foundation for parental efforts in prevention, some ideas:
• Kids under 21 will not drink alcohol
• Kids will not ride in a car with someone who has been drinking or using drugs
• Older brothers and sisters will not encourage younger kids to drink or use drugs
• Kids under 21 will not host parties at our home without parental supervision
• Kids will not stay at a kid’s party where alcohol or drugs are present.
Consistent enforcement of the rules, with consequences, if needed is essential. Without consequences the rules have no value and will not work.

8) Keep Track of Your Child’s Activities: Asking questions, keeping track, checking in are all important. Research has found that young people who are not regularly monitored by their parents are four times more likely to use alcohol or drugs. Make the time to know what is happening in your child’s life – especially in families where both parents work outside of the home, life is busy but you must find time for your children – know what they are up to!

9) Keep Track of Alcohol and Prescription Drugs: For kids, the most common source of alcohol and prescription drugs is parents. Make sure that your home is not a source of alcohol or prescription drugs for your kids or their friends.

10) Get Help: If at any point you suspect that your child is having a problem with alcohol and/or drugs, get help. Don’t wait.


 
From all of us at The Center, 
We are here to support youth and families of Northern Colorado with classes in Fort Collins and Loveland. Please call us if you or someone you know is in need of extra resources or would like more information about our  customized programs and services. 
 
(970) 495-0084
1100 Poudre River Dr., Suite B 
Fort Collins, CO 80524

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