Por Los Ninos Highlights

Por Los Niños Equips Parents with Knowledge and Resources With funding from the United Health Foundation, The Governor’s Prevention Partnership, working with the Hartford community, created the Por Los Niños program. The initiative aims to empower Hispanic/Latinx parents in Hartford through a bilingual and interactive approach to learning, enabling parents and adults to understand the facts about substance use and alcohol – then teaching those parents how to talk with their children about the dangers associated with drug and alcohol misuse. The Por Los Niños program takes an evidence-informed approach to address the issue of youth substance use by employing the following strategies:

• Utilize a heavy media presence in print, television, and on-line through social media to inform and spread culturally relevant public health messages to reach target audiences. • Engage Hispanic/Latinx parents and

caregivers through educational events, parent cafes, parent chats, and listening sessions. • Increase connections between youth and pro-social activities through compiling and streamlining resources.

The Partnership collaborates with Family Life Education, a Hartford community organization, to implement this model using a group-learning setting to lower parent apprehension about having these often-stigmatized conversations about alcohol and substance use. Program sustainability is promoted through continued partnership with representatives from the different sectors of the community so that they can increase their capacity to support and sustain the initiative.

749 Total number of Hispanic/Latinx parents and caregivers from Hartford impacted by the program to date.

Prior to receiving training 70% of parents reported feeling comfortable or very comfortable discussing the topic of substance misuse with their children. After receiving training that number jumped to 87% .

1,296

Total number of parents and caregivers trained via community events, parent chats, and other formal presentations since the program’s beginning.

In year three the programwill develop resources that can be disseminated by parent facilitators, parents, schools, and communities. Some of the proposed resources include a guide for parent facilitators to start a Por Los Niños program in their child’s school or community.This resource will contain presentationmaterials and discussion topics for facilitators, teachers, and other individuals to host community eventswhere they can learn the skills necessary tohave these valuable conversations with the youth in their community. We hope to develop a resource for parents that goes along with the facilitator guide. We also plan to use our robust media campaign to expand the reach of the program and pilot in other locations statewide with similar demographics. Working off the successful blueprint of the program, we are confident that it can be replicated throughout the state of Connecticut and beyond. www.PorLosNinosCT.org Keep the Momentum Going!

“ I would recommend the Por Los Ni ñ os program to other parents so that they can learn a lot, and so their children can achieve a bright future.” — PARENT IN THE COMMUNITY

‘It allows me to have a deeper conversation with my child, not just ‘don’t do drugs’ but explaining the consequences.” - Parent in the Community

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