Family Patterns Matter
Founded in 2013, in Coweta County Georgia, the board of directors made a decision to be a youth based development organization. How does this work? By working with parents and other adults in a child’s life. The board of directors, working together with those in our community designed a strategic plan that looks at barriers our families and youth are facing that prevent success. Looking at generational patterns in families, we look for solutions to the issues that prevent them from success. We hear and respond to our youth and the adults in their life.
What is the Youth In Action? And why is it important?
- Youth Advisory In Action brings youth ages 10-16 years, together in a meeting once a month in a safe environment to discuss what issues of concern and how they can address them in a positive way.
- The key to the success of YIA is the investment of time by the adult facilitator/mentors who provide wisdom and experience to research, planning and the implementation of each project identified.
- Family Patterns Matter, Inc. (FPM) brings speakers to the group that allows them to think about life and their future. From leadership and ethics to critical thinking and time management, we bring information that will enable, equip and motivate our youth to define healthy choices and recognize unhealthy lifestyle patterns.
- For success to happen, the adults in a child’s life must be included in the goals for success.
Family Patterns Matter believes that listening to youth we will gain insight and be instrumental in finding effective solutions to address family issues in addition to shaping our society with more conscientious, collaborative and caring people.
Our Focus: Our Youth and Families
- Youth In Action: Brings pre-teen and teen perspectives in defining issues that impact their life.
- The Truth of the Troubled teen: “Youth Offenders” asks the tough questions facing all of us. What is the dynamic of the family where gangs, drugs, violence and school drop- out occurs? Can a generation issue seen in these families be the cause? Or the social contacts they make? Is there a solution to end the cycle?
- Grandparents Raising Grandchildren is a growing family dynamic. Listening to the grandparent and the child gives insight into the dynamics and need for support.
- Education Matters: Making the choice to stay in school.
Information can be found at www.stopbullying.gov.