What We’re About

Padres Informados Jovenes Preparados is a culturally-sensitive parenting program developed using Community-Based Participatory Research. It aims to improve parenting skills and parent-youth relationships to prevent smoking and other substance use among Latino youth. The intervention is delivered in a group format and includes eight parent and four youth weekly sessions. Because it was developed using active community engagement, the program highlights values relevant for Latinos, such as family orientation, trust, and respect.

What to Expect

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Session 1: Parenting Styles

Participants:

Parents

Goals:

Parents will…

  • Recognize their own parenting style.
  • Distinguish the key elements of the positive parenting style.

Example Activities:

Parents will…

  • Review a video on parenting styles and discuss.
  • Self-assess their parenting styles and discuss in small groups.

Session 2: Between Multiple Worlds

Participants:

Parents

Goals:

Parents will…

  • Recognize that their strong family orientation as Latino parents protects against youth risk behavior.
  • Understand that their youth must navigate between family, school, and peer cultures.
  • Learn skills to help their youth navigate across cultures.

Example Activities:

Parents will…

  • Identify their own cultural values as parents and compare/contrast with those of school and youth.
  • Self-assess their own and their youth’s cultural orientation and reflect on differences.

Session 3: Adolescent Development

Participants:

Parents

Goals:

Parents will…

  • Review normal adolescent development and the need to adapt parenting strategies to developmental stages.
  • Contextualize challenging behavior within tasks of adolescent development.

Example Activities:

Parents will…

  • Compare the behaviors of their youth with previous years.
  • Reflect on why adolescents challenge parents and how not to ‘take it personally’.

Session 4: Communication

Participants:

Parents & Youth

Goals:

Parents will…

  • Understand how strong communication fits with the values of respect for authority and confianza (trusting relationships).
  • Learn basic principles of good communication and develop communication skills.

Youth will…

  • Recognize the importance of communication with parents.
  • Learn specific communication skills.

Example Activities:

Parents will…

  • Practice active listening.
  • Discuss barriers and facilitators to conversations with youth.
  • Practice communication using ‘I’ messages.

Youth will…

  • Play the broken phone and identify barriers in communication.
  • Practice when and how to talk and listen.
  • Practice ‘I’ messages.

Session 5: Discipline

Participants:

Parents

Goals:

Parents will…

  • Learn the importance of positive behavioral reinforcement.
  • Understand the importance of establishing negotiable and non-negotiable rules, and establishing and reinforcing consequences.

Example Activities:

Parents will…

  • Identify strategies to encourage positive behavior in their youth.
  • Practice developing negotiable and non-negotiable rules for their family.

Session 6: Conflict Resolution

Participants:

Parents & Youth

Goals:

Parents will…

  • Understand that conflict is part of the normal developmental process, and does not need to damage their relationships.
  • Identify collaborative problem-solving and conflict resolution strategies.
  • Learn to recognize and self-regulate emotions.

Youth will…

  • Learn collaborative problem-solving strategies.
  • Identify strategies to recognize and manage emotions.

Example Activities:

Parents will…

  • Identify positive and negative aspects of conflicts.
  • Discuss and role-play a strategy to solve problems with their youth.
  • Develop strategies to manage anger.

Youth will…

  • Talk about rules, consequences and mistakes.
  • Talk about emotions and their consequences.
  • Name the steps to effectively solve problems.

Session 7: Supervision and Friends’ Influence

Participants:

Parents & Youth

Goals:

Parents will…

  • Understand the meaning and importance of monitoring.
  • Learn strategies to monitor their youth effectively at each developmental stage of adolescence.

Youth will…

  •  Identify dreams that they want to achieve.
  • Identify influences and behavior (including substance use) that may get in the way of achieving dreams.
  • Learn strategies to avoid problem behaviors.

Example Activities:

Parents will…

  • Discuss scenarios to differentiate supervision from over-control.
  • Role-play initiating conversations with parents of their children’s friends.

Youth will…

  • Develop a collage to help visualize dreams and goals.
  • Practice strategies to refuse risky behaviors.

Session 8: Connection

Participants:

Parents & Youth

Goals:

Parents will…

  • Understand that parent–youth connection is the foundation for parenting, and recognize barriers to relationship-building.
  • Identify strategies to strengthen their relationship with their youth.

Youth will…

  • Reflect on the importance of a strong parent–youth relation.
  • Identify parents and other adults as a support network.

Example Activities:

Parents will…

  • Engage in activity around setting kids as priority for time.
  • Write a letter to their children expressing their love and expectations.

Youth will…

  • Complete a map of personal connections.
  • Write a message to their parents expressing their thankfulness.

Want Access?

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