YOUTH AND FAMILY INTERVENTION
The Youth and Family Intervention Program is available to help youth and families address issues such as teen pregnancy and to assist with planning for the future in an effort to break the cycles of generational poverty, dependence on TANF and involvement with ICW. The main components of YFI include: prevention education through Life Skills classes and Native Group; individualized support for youth; and parent involvement through Family Fun Packs.
YFI partners with the Quileute Tribal School and the Quillayute Valley School District (Forks Jr. High School and Forks High School) to provide Native youth between 7th-12th grades with a variety of opportunities to receive prevention education.
Youth Program staff partner with the Forks Community Prevention Coalition and the Forks Jr. High School to teach the Botvin Life Skills Curriculum to all 7th and 8th grade classes. 7th grades classes are taught 1 lesson each week for a total of 10 weeks while 8th grade classes receive a 5 week review building on what they learned in 7th grade.
Specifically hosted for Native youth, YFI advocates meet with youth from Forks High School approximately twice a month for Group. Topics covered include: self-esteem; mental health; drugs, alcohol, & tobacco prevention; hygiene and puberty; sex education, including STI and teen pregnancy prevention; academic success and future planning; healthy relationships; dating; and sexual assault awareness. As part of Native Group, students who participate are eligible to attend scheduled trips including college tours and career exploration activities. Trips are designed to inspire youth to plan for the future and set and achieve their goals.
The Youth Advocate and other Youth Program staff are also available to meet with students individually who may need extra support. Additional support may include helping students connect to community resources, or, providing academic support, senior project assistance, help with college applications, resumes, and future planning.
Family Fun Packs
Research shows that families who eat dinner and spend time together thrive. In an effort to promote more time spent together at home, since October 2016, YFI has been offering Family Fun Packs encouraging family bonding with activities, ideas, and supplies to take and do together at home as a family.
Please note: Family Fun Packs are meant to be starter kits. While some supplies are included, others may need to be purchased at personal expense. However, many of the activities and ideas proposed in the Family Fun Packs are low-cost and/or no-cost.
Family Fun Packs are offered every two months. Before a new Family Fun Pack becomes available, notices are posted in the Talking Raven as well as on the Youth and Family Intervention Facebook page. Once notices are posted interested families can call the Human Services front desk (374-4306) to sign up for a Family Fun Pack. The first 20 families that sign up will receive a Family Fun Pack.
Youth and Family Advocate
Group STATS 2018-2019
Total Groups: 9
Total Sessions Held: 31
Total Lessons Covered: 10
Total Youth Reached: 81 different youth attended at least one group session
Family Fun Packs 2018-2019
Total Different Families Served: 43
Total FFPs Distributed: 98
QVSD 6th Grade: 3 class periods/ 11 lessons each (33 classes total)
QVSD 7th Grade: 3 class periods/ 10 lessons each (30 classes total)