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NC State Extension

Empowering Youth & Families Program

Opioid Prevention Program In North Carolina

The NC Empowering Youth and Families Program (EYFP) focuses on opioid prevention education for youth and their caregivers in rural North Carolina. The goals of our program are to reduce youth substance use in rural North Carolina, to improve parenting skills of caregivers to assist youth in making healthy choices, to improve family relationships, and to empower families to lead community change to leverage support for healthier lifestyles within those communities.

Families participate in 10-12 weekly sessions at the county level. At the end of the weekly sessions, a family retreat is held. Families from different counties join together and design community outreach events to impact each county as a whole.

On-demand video content that supports these goals is now available on our Opioid Prevention NC website to expand the impact of EYFP into communities around North Carolina and the US. Please visit our webinars page to view this and future webinars.

EYFP county map

EYFP began in 2018 in three rural counties and is currently working in eleven NC counties: Yancey, Burke, Richmond, Montgomery, Lee, Nash, Carteret, Onslow, Pender, New Hanover, and Brunswick.

New counties for 2020:

Ashe and Alleghany Counties, NC

Claiborne and Johnson Counties, TN