Through a five-year Healthy Marriage Initiative grant ($1.1 million per year) from the Administration of Children and Families (ACF), FuturoNow FSI provided educational programs to 25,000 low-income Hispanic couples, youth and individuals in the four county area of Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange counties.
Men and women are taught a variety of interpersonal skills including conflict resolution, goal setting and effective communication. Teenagers are taught how to look beyond casual dating to find compatible partners who will help build solid, respectful relationships.
help low-income Hispanics access healthy relationship and marriage supports
develop new, culturally-appropriate resources to help individuals prepare for, build, restore and maintain healthy relationship
reduce barriers that keep individuals from using new and existing services
develop effective methods for diverse organizations to work together in a culturally-competent and effective manner
provide young adults with the tools and knowledge to make informed decisions about relationships
teach youth and adults how to identify and address unhealthy relationships.
These objectives were accomplished in partnership with over twenty local Community and Faith Based organizations throughout the four counties who were trained to outreach and engage community members to attend the classes.
In 2010, FuturoNow commissioned researchers to evaluate the impact of these programs which produced a seventy-page research report of findings. The evaluation methods included pre and post survey data; in-depth interviews; and focus groups. The results showed that program participants showed significant improvement in their communication, conflict resolution and parenting skills, while also increasing their sense of commitment in their relationships.
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