The Warwick Valley Prevention Coalition to offer FREE Workshops

To help parents improve family bonding and reduce the risk of teenage drug use Wednesdays, March 22 through April 26, 2017 6-8 PM

wvcoalitionParents can be a great defense against adolescent substance abuse and other problem behaviors. Partnering with the Warwick Valley Central School District, the Warwick Prevention Coalition will be offering a FREE 5-week series to help parents build the skills to guide their children toward better choices -- even up to 10 years after the program ends! Parents and caregivers will learn how to strengthen their bonds with their children and reduce the risk that their children will use drugs. The program will take place at the Warwick Valley Middle School, Wednesdays, March 22 through April 26 (no class April 12, spring break) from 6-8 PM. Refreshments will be served and there will be skill-building activities for youth ages 9 to 14. Childcare for younger children will be available as needed.


Guiding Good Choices is an interactive program for all caregivers of children in grades 4-8. In a lively and open atmosphere, caregivers will learn specific strategies to help their children avoid drug use and other adolescent problem behaviors, and develop into healthy adults. The Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Council, a Coalition partner, will provide skill-building activities for children while their parents attend the series. Caregivers will learn to set clear family guidelines on drugs, as well as learn and practice skills to strengthen family bonds, help their children develop healthy behaviors, and increase children's involvement in family.

Led by Prevention Professional Annie Colonna, CPP, with support by Bonnie Schonfeld, CPP and Beverly Braxton, MsEd, this science-based, proven-effective series is designed for caregivers of children ages 9 to 14. The series is sponsored by the many Warwick Prevention Coalition partners, including the Warwick Valley Community Center and Family Central. Materials for the Guiding Good Choices program were provided through a generous donation by the Warwick Lions Club, another coalition partner.

For more information or to register, please contact Annie Colonna at the Warwick Valley Community Center, 845-986-6422, ext. 4 or email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..