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Families in Action

Families in Action is a community-based intervention for middle & high school-aged youth designed to increase protective factors that prevent and reduce alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use; irresponsible sexual behavior; and violence. Family, school, and peer bonding are important objectives. The program includes a parent and teen component. The parent component uses the curriculum from Active Parenting of Teens. This curriculum is based on Adlerian parenting theory, which advocates mutual respect among family members, parental guidance, and use of an authoritative (or democratic) style of parental leadership that facilitates behavioral correction. A teen component was developed to complement the parent component.

Accepted to the Portfolio: September 2011

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Target Outcomes

Short Term Outcomes

  • Teach parents a comprehensive model of parenting adolescents that will better enable them children to survive and thrive in a modern democratic society
  • Teach teens the complementary life skills for surviving and thriving in a modern democratic society
  • Decrease the amount of parent-teen relationship problems
  • Improve teen behavior
  • Improve teen welfare

Long Term Outcomes

  • Increased high school graduation
  • Decreased drug and alcohol use in teens
  • Increased civic engagement

Target Population


  • Youth (12 - 16)
  • Transitional Age Youth (16 - 24)

Service Area

  • Southeast (District 1)
  • Southwest (District 2)