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Our Nest Project mentors provide resources, support, and friendship to strengthen families. Mentors work with parents to navigate challenges, encourage peaceful parenting, and meet their family needs. Are you interested in being a volunteer mentor? To learn more about the Nest Project, visit our page here. To get involved, contact us at info@mnpreventabuse.org.

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Our #StorytimeTuesday pick of the week is "All Boys Aren’t Blue," by George M. Johnson. Ages 14-18.In a series of personal essays, prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson explores his childhood, adolescence, and college years in New Jersey and Virginia. From the memories of getting bullied at age five, to flea marketing with his loving grandmother, to his first romantic relationship, this young-adult memoir weaves together the trials and triumphs faced by Black queer boys.Both a primer for teens eager to be allies as well as a reassuring testimony for young queer men of color, "All Boys Aren’t Blue" covers topics such as gender identity, toxic masculinity, brotherhood, family, structural marginalization, consent, and Black joy.📚 $18.04 at Magers & Quinn Booksellers (support local!)🎥 Check out this 2021 CBS News special with the author, discussing their memoir and experience growing up both Black and queer: youtu.be/NdvibonE-cA🌈 Want to explore more Young Adult LGBTQIA+ books to read all year long? Take a look at this great Epic Reads list to get started! --> www.epicreads.com/blog/lgbtq-ya-books-pride/#pride #pridemonth #genderidentity #family #blackstories #blackjoy #queer #consent #lgbtqia #youngadult #memoir #parenting #reading #learning #storytelling #ally ... See MoreSee Less
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Volunteers from Great River Energy stopped by today to paint FEC's Movement Room! This therapy room is a space where children are encouraged to move, play, and explore using a variety of sensory activities. We are so grateful for their help renovating the room to make it more warm and inviting for our clients 😊 Take a look at these before & after photos! ... See MoreSee Less
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We believe that we are all doing the best we can with the knowledge we have (or had at the time). At FEC, we are here to help parents and caregivers learn more and do more to improve the emotional wellbeing of the children they love.It's never too late to become aware of how your past is impacting your present relationships! Here are a few ways to interrupt intergenerational trauma cycles that unintentionally get passed down from adults to children.#trauma #intergenerationaltrauma #TraumaCycle #parenting #childdevelopment #emotionalregulation #capacitybuilding #Therapy #TherapyThursday #hope #healing #strongfamilies #safekids ... See MoreSee Less
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In observance of #Juneteenth, we have some special #StorytimeTuesday picks for you and your family! June 19th is a holiday that commemorates the day that Texas, the last Confederate state, learned about the Emancipation Proclamation — marking the end of slavery in the United States in 1865. Telling these stories offers an opportunity for kids to learn about the impacts of slavery and racial identity. Your child might have lots of questions they don’t know how to ask! One way to introduce these conversation is by reading picture books. When you open up this dialogue, as a parent or caregiver, you’ll be more likely to know more about what they’ve seen, what they’re thinking about, and what they’re wondering about. For more information and resources about how to talk with your children about Juneteenth, take a look at this excellent resource from the University of Pittsburgh and Aisha White:www.pitt.edu/pittwire/features-articles/how-talk-children-about-juneteenthAisha is the director of the P.R.I.D.E. Program (Positive Racial Identity Development in Early Education) in the School of Education’s Office of Child Development. The goal of this program is to help young Black children develop a positive racial identity by supporting parents and providing resources that build their racial knowledge and skills.#Juneteenth2022 #Celebration #Storytelling #Reading #Learning #Parenting #History #Equality #ChildDevelopment #RacialIdentity #StrongFamilies #SafeKids ... See MoreSee Less
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"Co-parenting" refers to the act of two parents raising a child even though they are no longer romantically involved. Ideally, separated parents work to maintain consistency and open communication. But, there are bound to be disagreements!FEC's parent educators work directly with parents to help them grow in their parenting skills and capacity. Our staff partners with them to ensure that their child has a safe and loving environment to grow up in.Here are a few co-parenting tips that can help parents navigate conflict and support their child.Resource from @zerotothree#parenting #partnership #capacitybuilding #coparenting #parenteducation #conflictresolution #communication #childdevelopment #strongfamilies #safekids ... See MoreSee Less
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New Programming

Our new service program, Drum Beat, has recently started at the Family Enhancement Center. This specific program provides a group-based approach to healing trauma. It has been created for young men between the ages of 13-18 who have experienced physical, emotional and sexual abuse, as well as domestic violence, community violence, and other traumatic events.

Social and emotional expression through music can provide youth with a different way to release their emotions beyond words. The group aims to engage youth in creating their own community that provides them with a sense of safety and pride.

Read more about this new program here..

Center Receives $100k Grant to Expand Access to Expert Mental Health Services to Youth Regardless of Income

FEC staff with Senator John Hoffman, Representatives Gomez, Hodan, Moran and Carlson. These wonderful legislators helped us get a $100,000 grant to increase staff so we can help children heal from abuse.

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