Empowering Youth & Families Program

Community Is Our Superpower

Empowering families across North Carolina & Tennessee

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.

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 in 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.


After completing our program:

Of caregivers reported that they were better able to discuss difficult situations with their youth because of the program.

Of youth felt that they were better able to discuss difficult situations with their caregivers because of the program.

Of youth reported that they would probably or absolutely not take a drug or medication that was not prescribed to them.


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