Adolescence is hard. Understanding your adolescent doesn’t have to be.

The middle school years are a critical time for youth and their families. The skills and behaviors that tweens and young teens learn in early adolescence can set them up for a lifetime of success or start them down a dangerous path. North Carolina 4-H’s Empowering Youth and Families Program (EYFP) helps middle school youth and their caregivers choose to thrive.

Family attending Fall 2022 Confluence.

Research shows what stands in our way – and EYFP tackles how to fix it.

EYFP families learn how to recognize differences between behavior and emotion, and how to respond appropriately to each. Over 10 weekly sessions, youth, and caregivers:

  • Learn and practice new communication skills based on brain science and youth development research.
  • Learn how to set clear, reasonable expectations and hold each other accountable for meeting them.
  • Network with other local families and local community leaders.
  • Plan, organize, and host a community-wide event to promote healthy living in their home counties.
  • Enjoy having fun, playing games, and bonding!

Participating in your local EYFP cohort prepares the youth in your care for a successful future by growing stronger, healthier, and more resilient family relationships today.


Get Involved

Families & Caregivers

Ready to start your journey with us? Speak with your local county program assistant to begin.

Partners & Funders

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