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Jan 23

[ARCHIVED] Empower Youth - Strengthen Families

The original item was published from January 23, 2020 8:37 AM to January 23, 2020 8:44 AM

Recently, staff members at the Parent Teen Community Connection (PTCC) program were contacted by a mom who had been referred through a partnership with the Department of Juvenile Justice. Both mom and her son needed to fulfill parenting class and volunteer service requirements as part of an agreement made after the son, Kymani had gotten in trouble at school for fighting.

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Kymani and his mom Kelly after completing the PTCC program.

After learning about the situation, educators at PTCC agreed to set up special sessions for this family to accommodate their schedule, but during the first session quickly noticed that Kymani was very hesitant to share or open up, and his mom, Kelly, had a hard time allowing him the space and time to become comfortable speaking for himself. However, with structured conversation and learned skills in each session,  Kymani began to open up and share more about himself and his experiences. Because of this, he shared that the fight at school actually involved him and his brother and that his brother was coming to his defense - an incredibly tough situation for a teen!

Allowing mother and son to have time together to talk through decision making and mom’s own experiences as a teen helped Kymani to understand that we all experience similar obstacles at some point in our lives and that is how we react to those situations that is truly important. For Kelly and Kymani, PTCC was not something they were eager to open up to, at first. But after completing their final session they both agreed they were eager to talk things through together more and most of all have those conversations with a greater level of comfort!

Families of the Treasure CoastPTCC is the flagship program of Families of the Treasure Coast and helps to empower youth and their parents by building on communication skills in an open, inclusive environment. Teens in the program identify what it takes to build healthy relationship and avoid risky behaviors while learning to strengthen family relationships. To learn more about PTCC and Families of the Treasure Coast, follow this link to their website.