Strengthening Multi-Ethnic Families and Communities
Strengthening Multi Ethnic Families and Communities (SMEFC) program is a unique integration of various prevention/intervention strategies geared toward reducing violence. The program targets ethnic and culturally diverse parents who are interested in raising their children aged 3-18 years with a commitment to leading a violence-free and healthy lifestyle.
SMEFC is shown by research to reduce drug and alcohol use, teen suicide, juvenile delinquency, gang involvement, child abuse and domestic violence. The program and its materials are delivered in Spanish.
The Coalition partnered with Familias Unidas to bring SMEFC to the Monroe YMCA, where they implemented the program in winter 2013. It is intended to be offered at least once per year, serving parents and children together. The program lasts 12 weeks, with one 4 hour class session provided each Saturday. SMEFC is designed to be “universal” in application, but is only offered in Spanish.