Local police estimate that there are more than 316 gang members in our area, including members of Bloods, Crips, MS-13, and several “homegrown” gangs known in our jurisdictions.
The majority of these are young, with most members between the ages of fifteen and twenty-one.
There are increasing incidents of younger children becoming involved in gang activity, including recently observed activity among late elementary and early middle school aged children.
For Kid's Sake
This program provides parents, grandparents, and stepparents with the knowledge and skills to nurture their children through the difficult process of family divorce or separation. Participants learn healthy co-parenting techniques.
How it Works: Classes meet one Saturday for four hours at the Mary Switzer building in Fishersville. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. This program is taught by a licensed therapist.
Who Should Participate: Parents, grandparents, and stepparents with children of any age, who are sharing custody resulting from divorce or separation, whether or not there was ever a marriage.
Price: $45 per person, which includes a book and snack.
Guiding Good Choices
This is a five session program that teaches parents and other caregivers how to help children avoid drugs and other risky behaviors. Parents learn techniques for developing clear family guidelines and expectations, teaching children refusal skills, and managing conflict in a way that maintains and strengthens family bonds.
How it Works: Classes meet for two hours once a week for five weeks.
Who Should Participate: Parents or caregivers with children ages 9 to 16.
Price: $25 per person, which includes a book, snacks, and childcare. Limited financial assistance for emergency needs may be available upon completion of the class.
Love and Logic
This program teaches simple yet effective parenting techniques, focusing on how to replace anger with empathy and allowing natural, logical consequences to do the teaching.
How it Works: Classes meet for two hours once a week for seven weeks. Classes are scheduled at various locations in the community both during the day and evening hours. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Who Should Participate: Parents or caregivers with children ages 3 to 18.
Price: $25 per person, which includes a book, snacks or dinner, and childcare. Limited financial assistance for emergency needs may be available upon completion of the class.
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To register, contact Judith Schrauder at