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SAAF Mission

To advance the well-being of African American families by strengthening family relationships, parenting processes and youth competencies.

How SAAF Works

SAAF Summary

A 7-week program for youth and parents/caregivers designed to:

Strengthen parents'/caregivers' ability to

  • Find a balance between firmness and showing love
  • Support youth goals and promote independence

Help youth to

  • Develop healthful goals for the future
  • Understand their positive qualities
  • Resist temptation and peer pressure to take part in risky behaviors

Work with Families to

  • Build family strengths for supporting youth goals
  • Enhance families' racial pride
  • Strengthen family communication and support

Special Features of SAAF

  • Culturally sensitive based on prior research with African American families
  • Parents and youth learn together
  • Activities address protective and risk factors identified during 12 years of research with African American families
  • Scientifically evaluated and shown to be effective
  • DVD-based program showing positive peer and family interactions
  • Highly interactive to keep participants interested
  • Easy-to-use teaching materials