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Parent Project aims to help parents of at-risk youth

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Many parents in Lubbock have strong-willed teenagers who exhibit troublesome behaviors like drug use, gang involvement, violence and teen pregnancy. To help combat the problem, a new program is launching next week to help parents out.

It's called the Parent Project and it's a 16-week parent training program that teaches parents how to identify, prevent and take on some of the most destructive behaviors teenagers exhibit.

According to Leslie Tutino, Investigation Supervisor with CPS, parents will attend class for three hours and build parent support groups. Then they will go home and practice what they've learned. There will also be homework and exercises parents will be encouraged to do at home.

"The parents that will come to this program may feel embarrassed by the actions of their adolescents. So, really, getting them in there and helping them feel like they aren't alone," Tutino said.

The Parent Project is being sponsored by the Lubbock County Juvenile Justice Center. They, along with various other agencies like CPS, Juvenile Probation, YMCA and Star Care will be working together to cross train parents in Lubbock. Organizers say the long term goal is to help parents get a grip on their kids before it's too late.

"(It's for) parents who are struggling to keep their family together and their children safe. It's for them to have the tools and resources to be able to work with kids and keep their family together. Plus, (children will have) less involvement with different agencies in the community, to really decrease their involvement destructive behavior in their teens," Tutino said.

The first 16 week session begins Tuesday, August 7th. There are still spots available in this session. For more information, call 775-1800. We have also attached the necessary forms to participate in the class here on our website.

Follow the links below to download information and application forms:

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