The Strong African American Families Programs
by strengthening family relationships, parenting processes and youth competencies.
The Center for Family Research has been conducting research in African American communities for more than three decades. This research has revealed unique strengths and stressors for African American families that can be best addressed in curriculums specially designed to focus on these families. Of particular concern is the effect of discrimination on African American families and youth as well as the dangers of substance use and risky sexual behavior among African American youth. Offering African American families an evidence-based, culturally-relevant curriculum provides the best opportunity for ensuring that families can address issues in ways that are meaningful and effective.
There are two programs associated with SAAF: The Strong African American Families Program (SAAF) for 10-14 year old youth and the Strong African American Families – Teen Program (SAAF-T) for 14-16 year old teens.