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How Do I Become More Engaged With My Kids?

Parenting can be complicated and full of challenges. And it doesn’t come with an instruction manual. But positive parenting skills, like any other skills, are something that can be taught, learned, and practiced.

In the midst of a global pandemic, it’s more important than ever to start connecting. Connecting with our kids, with their teachers, their coaches, their schools, their interests, and with local programming and resources designed to help you strengthen your parenting skillsets.

Research shows well-trained parents help youth avoid substance use disorder and have better life outcomes.

Please download and utilize our free “Start by Connecting” materials in your environment and programming:

  • View the entire deck of approved  “Start by Connecting” messaging options.
  • Digital Ads for the Web and Social Media (zipped folder with multiple sizes and formats)
  • Video PSA’s to Download from Vimeo*Unbranded and with room for local branding versions. *You will need a Vimeo account. Otherwise, please fill out our Media Request Form
  • Outdoor Billboards (Because of the many variables with outdoor advertising formats, you will need to fill out the Media Request Form and order these for your project)
  • 8.5×11″ Flyers for local printing (Zipped foder of 10 unbranded flyers and 10 flyers with room for local branding.)
  • 11×17″ Posters 20 poster options for local printing (PDF with 10 unbranded posters and 10 posters with room for local branding.)
  • For any other custom materials using this theme, please complete our Media Request Form and someone will get back to you ASAP.

Communication Action Series Toolkits

It is our hope to be able to connect parents and caregivers to helpful resources that will make the difference. A new set of tool kits has been created to assist parents, teachers, and other concerned adults in reducing substance misuse in adolescents and teens. Each one is carefully designed to give important information in short, simple steps.

  • Alcohol
  • Vaping
  • Marijuana
  • Mental Heath
  • LGBTQ+ Youth (Parents Edition)
  • LGBTQ+ Youth (Prevention Professionals Edition)
  • Racial Equity (Black Parent Edition)
  • Racial Equity (Latinx Parent Edition)
  • Racial Equity (Prevention Professionals Edition)

PA Resourcing & Programming

Additionally, every county in the Commonwealth has prevention specialists that offer or monitor resources and programming designed to assist and strengthen parenting skills. To connect with options in your area, go to our FIND HELP page to locate the lead agency in your county.

Together with these new resources, we can all make the difference.

Anyone Can Make
The Difference. Anyone.