PREVENTION CONNECTION

December 2017

What's New in Prevention?

Por Los Niños

Parenting in Prevention: A Community Cafe Approach

The Partnership has long been aware that young people whose parents talk to them about the dangers of drug and alcohol use are 50% less likely to engage in substance use. This statistic has significant value today, in the midst of the current opioid epidemic that is plaguing Connecticut.

As a prevention measure, the Por Los Niños (For The Children) initiative employs a family engagement model to prevent substance use among Latino youth and families in Hartford. The Partnership collaborates with Family Life Education whose mission is to build stronger communities through family engagement that leads to self efficacy for families in Hartford. To accomplish this, the initiative engages parents in community cafes and other educational events that teach them how to identify youth substance use and have conversations about drugs and alcohol use. This program also seeks to raise awareness through a bilingual, community-informed public awareness campaign. By connecting and convening schools, community organizations, law enforcement and other community aspects, Por Los Niños aims at addressing substance abuse prevention by strengthening community connectivity and resources. 

View the Previous What's New In Prevention Story, E3 Prevention Program Promotes Healthy Decisions.