Protective Factors are those elements in the lives of children and teens that help them grow into adjusted, independent, capable young adults. Some examples include a having a supportive family, regularly eating meals with adult family members, being known and supported by teachers and friends at school, and getting enough physical activity, rest and healthy nutrition, to name just a few. Drug abuse and the negative consequences of sexual behaviors such as sexually transmitted infections and untimely pregnancy can interrupt an otherwise productive direction of a young person's life. Teaching parents and other care givers how to provide protective factors is the focus of this workgroup.

The Protective Factors workgroup currently centers its attention on providing parents with empowering information about how to talk with their children about drug abuse prevention and sexual health. Several community based organizations with expertise in these areas created a short presentation to be delivered by trained presenters during lunch breaks for employees in county worksites.

For more information, contact the Protective Factors workgroup facilitator at (845) 364-2663 or email.