Nationally Acclaimed Parenting Program Now Available in Rockbridge Area

February 8, 2018


Training for Parents of Strong-willed or Destructive Teens begins March 13


The Parent Project® training empowers parents and other guardians to address destructive adolescent behavior through concrete, step-by-step solutions. Rockbridge Area Community Services (RACS) will offer the 10-week course for the first time this spring in Buena Vista and expects to schedule it in other area locations about three times per year.


Working with others in the class, care givers learn parenting principles and practice specific prevention and intervention strategies. Critical issues addressed include teen drug use, arguing and family conflict, poor school performance, youth gangs, truancy and dropouts, teen violence and bullying, media influences, runaways, and early teen sexual activity.


The Parent Project® is a national program with proven results. Two RACS staff members, Annie LePere and Erica Orren, have completed the required training to become Parent Project® facilitators.


The spring 2018 class begins on Tuesday evening, March 13 at the Buena Vista Baptist Church, 2173 Chestnut Avenue in Buena Vista and continues weekly for 10 weeks. Dinner is provided at 5:30 pm, and class begins at 6 pm. Pre-registration is required.


The Parent Project® class is open to anyone parenting a teenager, including grandparents and other legal guardians. Referrals are accepted through RACS, Family Assessment and Planning Teams, school guidance counselors, court services, therapists, and family doctors and pediatricians. The cost for the general public is $75 for an individual or $100 for co-parents; this fee covers book, dinner, and instruction. Referring agencies should contact Annie LePere at RACS to inquire about fees.


The registration deadline is Friday, March 9. Class size is limited, and registrations will be accepted in the order received. Download the registration form.


To find out more, register, or make a referral, contact LePere at or 540-462-6641.

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