Peer support groups
Youth and young adults ages 14-22!
Parents and caregivers!
For 2020-21, we are offering VIRTUAL parent/caregiver and IN PERSON youth and young adult Stronger Together groups twice monthly on Tuesdays October through May.
Parents and caregivers will meet virtually from 7- 8 PM.
Update as of October 1- Based on preferences of those youth and young adults who registered in September, youth and young adults ages 14-22 will meet in person in Fairfax city at FFF offices. All participants must wear masks. To ensure social distancing for safety, the group will be limited to 8 youth/young adult participants. We will NOT serve food initially this year.
We believe that we really are stronger when we share experiences and work together to improve our own lives and the systems that are supposed to help youth and families.
Our youth and young adult group is designed for teens and young adults who have lived experiences in one or more service systems such as:
- Social services (foster care, child welfare, family services)
- Special education (learning or emotional disability or other condition)
- Mental health services
- Substance use treatment/recovery
Parents, caregivers and guardians have their own group meeting at the same time.
Groups meet twice monthly, October through May and enrollment is open throughout the year.
The groups meet on the following Tuesdays: 2020- Oct 6, 20, Nov 3, 17, Dec 1, 15
2021- Jan 5, 19, Feb 2, 16, Mar 2, 16, April 6, 20, May 4, 18
Groups are facilitated by professional clinicians. Group participation is FREE of charge. Due to the continuing nature of peer support, regular group attendance is expected.
Thanks to Youth MOVE Virginia, a program of NAMI of Virginia, for providing some sponsorship of our youth and young adult group!
NOTE: Fairfax County CSB offers Thursday evening groups for youth ages 14-17 and family members. More information at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/community-services-board/recovery/heads-up-talk-it-out.