Family Advocacy Network (FAN)

The FAN Club involved the parents of youth participating in the Boys and Girls Clubs of America’s SMART Moves program and the SMART Leaders booster program. Participants included parents of 11 to 13-year-old boys and girls of various ethnic groups. The club was designed to strengthen families and promote family bonding, which has been shown to increase children’s resistance to drug use. Parents in the FAN Club received stress management support and participated in educational and enrichment activities, parental leadership activities, and regularly scheduled group social activities.

After their parents participated in the FAN Club, children showed a greater ability to refuse alcohol, marijuana, and cigarettes. They also learned of the health consequences and prevalence of substance use.

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