Strengthening Families Program: a nationally recognized program for parents and youth ages 10-14 years.

Help your youth avoid problems with drugs and alchohol and strengthen family communication.  Parents and youth learn skills together while having fun. Strengthening Families Program is a nationally recognized program for parents and youth ages 10-14 years. Email, call (831)753-3888 or check our web site for more details.

Childhood Matters Radio Show for Parents and Providers

Childhood Matters is a live one-hour weekly call-in radio show on 98.1 KISS-FM in the San Francisco Bay Area, 105.1 KOCN-FM in Monterey and Santa Cruz, and KBBF 89.1-FM in the North Bay, and 1480 KGOE-AM in Eureka. The show is presented by Interactive Parenting Media. 

Community Partnership for Youth on Helping Children Learn to Read

While many know CPY for their prevention programs against gangs, drugs and violence, it is also just as dedicated to improving the reading skills of its students. Reading every day is a key component of the mentor-tutor program. In California alone, over 33 percent of children will not finish high school due to illiteracy. website offers resources for youth-serving organizations was created by the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP), which is composed of representatives from 12 Federal agencies that support programs and services focusing on youth. The IWGYP promotes the goal of positive, healthy outcomes for youth in three significant ways:

California Cities Gang Prevention Network

The National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) and the National League of Cities' Institute for Youth, Education and Families (YEF Institute) have initiated a network of 13 major cities in California to combat gang violence and victimization.

The California Cities Gang Prevention Network, the first of its kind in the nation, focuses on successful policies and practices that 

How to Help Your Teenager Find a Job

Youth Employment Program

Monterey County's Youth Employment Program is designed to provide help toward the attainment of a high school education and development of work skills leading to employment. Teamwork and leadership growth alongside educational and employment achievement are goals youth participants are encouraged to apply toward success. Services include mentoring, education, workshop activities and work experience.

How to Find a Good After School Program

The United Way of Monterey County is a great one-stop resource for information about after school programs and lots of other services. Their main website is at Here's an excerpt from their Successful Kids, Strong Families page:

How to Raise Emotionally Healthy Children

Babies, toddlers, children, teenagers, parents and grandparents all have the same emotional needs. Meeting these needs in childhood provides the foundation for success in school, work, relationships, marriage and life in general. Failure to meet the emotional needs of our children is one of the most serious and under-recognized problems facing our country.