Family Strength Network offers latest programs

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By the staff

 The Family Strength Network offers programs to help teens and young adults throughout the year. The next round of classes and workshops are available now for registration. Some classes are have been going on since the beginning of the year, however anyone may register for a session until the program ends. Anyone who can’t make the times listed can call 662-4515 or email fsn@lafsn.org to be notified of future classes.

Families in Action: for Teens and Parents. 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays April 16 through May 14. The class is for 14-18 year-olds and their parents or guardian and is taught by Jennifer Bartram and Michelangelo Lobato. Free and funded by JJAB. Online registration available at lafsn.org. This class is for teens to get information, not judgment and teach parents how to use communication tools, not just broad theories, on how to related to one another. The evidence-based class is meant to ease the transition as children turn into young adults and roles and responsibilities change. Lobato is the former Director of the Teen Center and current counselor at Chamisa Elementary. Bartram is the Teen Court Coordinator. She has been teaching classes that help teens and parents communicate for more than 15 years. 

What If: A Parents’ Intro to Wills and Trusts. 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 17. This workshop is run by Shay Burns Kendricks, an attorney with Miles and Kendricks, PC. $15 per individual or family. Register online at lafsn.org. Child care is available on-site and must be requested at least a week in advance. All parents want to be sure their children are taken care of in the event of personal catastrophe, but it is a difficult subject to think about. In this workshop, Kendricks gives a clear introduction to the steps parents can take to make sure their children and other loved ones have the care they deserve. Kendricks has been in private practice in New Mexico for 14 years, working in estate planning, real estate and business law.

Go Debt Free! Finances for Families. 6-7:30 p.m. April 22.  Instructed by Amber and Dan Rushton. $10/family. Includes child care but must be requested at least one week in advance. Online at lafsn.org or use form on last page. Take control of your finances! Quit paying interest and start earning it. Whether you are just starting a family or already have a full house, “Go Debt Free!” will help you meet your financial goals, develop and live within a budget, and get out of debt. The Rushtons have six children and live in Los Alamos on a single income. They have paid off their home and are living mortgage-free. 

Russian Language and Math Group. 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays through June 29, coordinated by Sergiy Gerashcheko. This group is for children ages 2-12. Fee. No registration required. This is a chance for Russian speakers to immerse children in Russian language. The class officially began in January and the emphasis this year will be on learning math. Parents can socialize with their peers while the kids have fun.

LEGO® Club: for kids ages 5-12. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesdays through May 21. No club on Los Alamos Public Schools vacation days. The club started in January and is coordinated by volunteer April Wheeler. Coordinator: April Wheeler. $10 per family for the school year. Register online at lafsn.org. Hands-on and fund for LEGO enthusiasts. LEGOs are provided. Build alone or in teams. Separate building areas for different age groups will be provided. Beginners and experts welcome. Sponsored by Uli’s.