Contact Prevention Services at (804) 222.2607
Charles City & New Kent Prevention Services provides an array of services that promote healthy behaviors and lifestyles to support healthy youth development. Programs address community needs identified by stakeholders as risk factors and protective factors. By addressing risks and building upon the strengths of Charles City/New Kent youth, families, schools and communities, the need for more costly treatment services is prevented.
PREVENTION SERVICES INCLUDES:
F.A.S.T (Families and Schools Together) is a research-based program that is implemented in the Charles City Elementary School. Any family with a child in the school is eligible to participate in the program. The F.A.S.T program offers eight, weekly education sessions with families that are held in the evening. The program offers families the opportunity to strengthen parenting skills, increase parental participation with the school, and develop a network of resources and social supports to reduce stress and enhance family functioning. There is also a follow-up FASTWORKS component. FASTWORKS is a parent-run support program for graduates of the F.A.S.T program. The meetings usually occur in the evening or on weekends. Participation is voluntary on the part of the families.
Opportunities are available for training in:
Prevention Specialists are available to provide technical assistance to organizations and groups working to enhance the effectiveness of their prevention efforts and programming.
The Charles City Prevention Coalition is a strategic planning process that includes a broad-based network of public and private agencies along with local businesses. Its mission is to empower the community to unite around a shared vision to promote healthy and successful youth development.
Prevention Specialists are available to schools and community groups to speak on a variety of prevention-related topics, and provide information on healthy youth development and community resources.