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Laura Walkingstick

Laura Walkingstick

Former Program Assistant, Empowering Youth and Families Program
Laura is no longer active in Extension
4-H Youth Developmentlawalkin@ncsu.edu

Job Description The NC Empowering Youth and Families Program (EYFP) focuses on opioid prevention education for middle school 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. EYFP began in 2018 in three rural counties and is currently working in eleven NC counties: Yancey, Burke, Montgomery, Lee, Nash, Carteret, Onslow, Pender, New Hanover, Brunswick Coming in Fall of 2020: Ashe and Alleghany Counties, NC Claiborne and Johnson Counties, TN Catawba and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians