Empowering families to help their children to succeed
As part of our CCLC grant, Bass participates in the FAST program coordinating with Horizon. Families and Schools Together® is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the community build protective factors around kids.
FAST produces and distributes evidence-based, parent involvement programs and prevention/intervention programs that teach parents how to become empowered and show them how to empower their children to succeed. The mission of FAST is to help the community create barriers to the risks kids face by creating a strong family accountability infrastructure, using a collaborative framework of local support.
FAST consists of eight weekly multi- family meetings with structured activities to build social connections. Each weekly session includes six key elements:
- a meal shared as a family;
- family communication games played at a family table;
- time for couples or buddies;
- a parent group;
- one-on-one child time;
- a lottery that lets every family win once, followed by a closing ritual.
These core components aim to strengthen the bonds within and between families and the community. FAST is held on Tuesday nights at 5:30 p.m.