Who We Are
The family unit experiences various levels of stress, whether unexpected and unsolicited or intentional and preventable. Relational stressors in a home where adolescents are present create a complicated dynamic during this critical stage of growth and learning. When a child’s home life is in turmoil, the child can struggle much more to concentrate, learn new concepts and skills, and build healthy views of themselves and others than children who come from healthy homes with supportive caregivers.
Family Frameworks educates 2500 teens each year in Murray, Gordon, and Whitfield counties with classes that create understanding in areas that affect identity and character building in the teen years and how that relates to their relationships with others. Our efforts provide relationship education to prevent unhealthy and harmful relationship habits from developing.
Our theme, “Choose to Lead,” strongly encourages honorable leadership behaviors, mimicking individuals’ attributes that motivate and influence their peers in the present and ultimately in the future. In the relationship-building phase of maturing, our Healthy Choices/Healthy Relationships program strongly emphasizes the Pathway to Success principles:
• Graduate high school.
• Pursue post-secondary education.
• Get a job/career.
• Then after all of the above, pursue long-term relationships that lead to potentially creating a family unit.
The Pathway to Success model per the Dibble Institute shows a success rate of 97% of individuals that follow it in order; It’s guaranteed that these individuals do not end up in poverty. These dynamics decrease teen pregnancy rates and often end the poverty cycle in families where poverty has infiltrated for generations.
The mission of Family Frameworks is to reveal individual value in our local teens to amplify healthy relationship characteristics and illuminate their pathway to success.
We envision a community that identifies and engages in healthy behaviors from adolescence to adulthood, creating habits that promote wise decision making, preventing risky behaviors that lead to future hardships, and the weakening of our community’s framework.
What We Do
T – Teach local teens a collaborative curriculum created by the Dibble Institute and the staff of Family Frameworks to effectively communicate ways to develop healthy relational experiences, avoid risky behaviors, and build personal self-worth that elevates future potential.
E – Engage in thought-provoking conversations that inspire, identify, and introduce ideas that create positive change in behaviors, thoughts, and futures.
A – Acknowledge that each teen we encounter is worthy of our time, financial support, and organizational care.
C – Create opportunities for mature community members to teach our programs to teens inside and outside the school classroom.
H – Hear and stay humble to the needs of our target audience, and be open to evolution and progression in our lesson plans, staff, board of directors, and community involvement.
Family Frameworks began its pursuits because of an ever-increasing and high teen pregnancy rate in the counties we serve in Northwest Georgia, Murray, Gordon, and
Whitfield County in 2005. There have been tremendous decreases in teen pregnancy over the course of our existence and since 2006, just two years after our programs entered the local school classroom. See below for a more comprehensive look at improvements in our service area.
2006 per 1000 teens 49.0 teen pregnancies occurred
2019 per 1000 teens 15.8 teen pregnancies occurred. (Ages 15-17)
2006 per 1000 teens 64.1 teen pregnancies occurred
2019 per 1000 teens 13.2 teen pregnancies occurred. (Ages 15-17)
2006 per 1000 teens 44.4 teen pregnancies occurred
2019 per 1000 teens 14.1 teen pregnancies occurred. (Ages 15-17)
Our Healthy Choices/Healthy Relationships program builds intrinsic value in the teens we serve, lessening their potential to be involved in risky behaviors that lead to life altering circumstances. It’s our goal to teach them how to identify situations that often for teens create these types of events. These behaviors lead to situations that stall success and have the potential to perpetuate the poverty cycle in families. Data shows that our communities have seen the number and percentage of children under
the age of 18 who live in families with income below the federal poverty level decrease over the past decade, below showing the decrease over the past six years. This data does not include families affected by Covid-19.
2015 – 26.4%
2019 – 16.2%
2015 – 26.7%
2019 – 20.8%
2015 – 22.1%
2019 – 17.6%
Our goal is to continue to partner with our local schools and the philanthropic spirit in our community to continue to see improvements for our future generations. Building character, intrinsic value, understanding, and having difficult conversations inside a safe place, like the local school classroom, has proven valuable and effective. (All teen pregnancy data retrieved from https://datacenter.kidscount.org)