By Mike Wade
Communications & Outreach Coordinator

NRVCS Prevention Specialist Leslie Beasley is among the staff who work with the Active Parenting Program.

NRVCS will offer new cycles of the Active Parenting Program (APP) beginning in April in both Pearisburg and Floyd. The free program is open to interested families in the New River Valley who have children ages 5 – 12. Families do not have to be actively enrolled in services with NRVCS to participate.

Prevention Specialist Leslie Beasley, who is responsible for coordination of APP, says the program helps families improve communication skills and their overall relationships, while also helping to prevent problem behaviors in children. Beasley adds that a key focus of the program is Adverse Childhood Experiences, or “ACEs”.

“ACEs – or trauma, as most people know it – often affects a young person’s brain development and behaviors,” explains Beasley, “and this can have a lifelong impact.”

Participating families are treated to a free meal as part of each class and free childcare is provided for children who are under the age of 5 or over 12 years of age. Families who attend APP are also eligible for incentives for completion of APP homework assignments and attendance. The program includes eight sessions.

Locations and dates are listed below:

WHERE
First United Methodist Church – Pearisburg
1101 Valleyview Drive, Pearisburg

WHEN
Monday, April 15
Monday, April 22
Monday, April 29
Monday, May 6
Monday, May 13
Monday, May 20
Tuesday, May 28
Monday, June 3
(Each class is 6 – 8 p.m.)

WHERE
Floyd Elementary School
531 Oak Hill Drive, SW, Floyd

WHEN
Wednesday, April 17
Wednesday, May 1
Wednesday, May 8
Thursday, May 9
Wednesday, May 15
Wednesday, May 22
Wednesday, May 29
Wednesday, June 5
(Each class is 6 – 8 p.m.)

While there is no cost associated with participating in the Active Parenting Program, pre-registration is required. To learn more or to register, email Leslie Beasley at lbeasley@nrvcs.org or call her at 540.250.1814.