By Mike Wade
Communications & Outreach Coordinator

NRVCS Prevention Specialist Leslie Beasley is lead facilitator for the Active Parenting Program.

NRVCS will offer new cycles of the Active Parenting Program (APP) beginning in February. 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 serves as a facilitator for APP, says the weekly 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 each week 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 weekly prizes and incentives for participation. The program lasts for six weeks.

Classes begin February 13 and will be conducted at the NRVCS Radford Center (401 W. Main Street) on Wednesday evenings from 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.