Family Advocacy Network (FAN) Club is designed for parents of participants in Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s SMART Moves program, including Start SMART (ages 10 to 12), Stay SMART (ages 13 to 15), and SMART Leaders, which is designed for 14- to 17-year-olds who have completed the Stay SMART program. Combined with these other SMART Moves components, the program can be implemented in community-based youth organizations, recreation centers, and schools, in collaboration with a local Boys & Girls Club.
This parent involvement program is offered in combination with a three-year sequential drug prevention program for early adolescents at high risk for substance abuse in Boys & Girls Clubs. FAN Club activities fall into four general categories: basic support, parental support, educational program, and leadership activities. The program strengthens families by creating a bond between youth and their parents, providing opportunities for families to have fun together, and helping parents influence their children to lead drug-free lives.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Effective program
Tena L. St. Pierre, Ph.D.
Department of Agricultural and Extension Education
Pennsylvania State University
In collaboration with Boys & Girls Clubs of America
1230 West Peachtree Street, NW
Atlanta, GA 30309-3447
Phone: (404) 487-5766
Fax: (404) 487-5789
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