Project #7566

Drug prevention and a culture of peace in Mexico

by Instituto Mexicano de Investigacion de Familia y Poblacion - IMIFAP
Dec 22, 2011

Life Skills for Parents in Apizaco, Tlaxcala

One of the workshops participants in this program
One of the workshops participants in this program

This month, one of our facilitators, Carla, gave a workshop to parents in Apizaco, Tlaxcala, as a part of our program there to prevent addictions and improve school performance. On December 8th and 16th, Carla gave 4 ½ hour-long sessions (totaling 9 hours in all) to parents at a participating school.

The workshop, titled “I want to, I can… learn to be a father and mother” helped participants to gain valuable life skills, like expressing emotions, making decisions, assertive communication, and working as a team. Additionally, parents were made aware of the risk factors for addiction and poor school performance, and how to utilize their new life skills to prevent them.

Parents are reporting that after the workshop, their communication with their children greatly improved, which is helping to create better relationships between parents and children.  Additionally, while before their children often had nothing to do after school and were at higher risk of having low school performance and getting involved in substance use, their parents now know to spend time with them and play with them more, which will help to improve school performance and prevent addictions.

These workshops will be taking place at participating schools in Apizaco, Tlaxcala from January through May. Please consider making a donation to help support our efforts in this community to prevent addictions and improve school performance.


Este mes, una de nuestras facilitadoras, Carla, dio un taller a padres en Apizaco, Tlaxcala, como parte de nuestro programa allí para prevenir adicciones y mejorar rendimiento escolar. En el 8 y 16 de diciembre, Carla dio sesiones de 4 y ½ horas (9 horas en sumo) a padres en una escuela participante.

En el taller, que se llama “Yo quiero, yo puedo… aprender a ser papá y mamá,” padres y madres ganaron habilidades para la vida importantes, como el manejo y expresión de emociones, la toma de decisiones, la comunicación asertiva, y trabajar en equipo. Además, los padres se enteraron de factores de riesgo para adicción y bajo rendimiento escolar, y como utilizar sus nuevas habilidades para la vida para prevenirlas.

Los padres están reportando que después del taller, la comunicación entre ellos y sus hijos ha mejorado mucho, que ayuda a crear relaciones mejores entre padres e hijos. Además, mientras antes sus hijos usualmente no tenían nada que hacer después del día escolar y estaban a riesgo mas alto de tener bajo rendimiento escolar y estar involucrados con el abuso de sustancias adictivas, ahora sus padres saben que es mejor pasar tiempo con ellos y jugar con ellos, que podrá mejorar el rendimiento escolar y prevenir adicciones.

Estos talleres se llevarán a cabo durante enero a mayo del próximo año. Por favor considere donar para apoyar a nuestros esfuerzos en esta comunidad para prevenir adicciones y mejorar el rendimiento escolar.


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Instituto Mexicano de Investigacion de Familia y Poblacion - IMIFAP

Location: Mexico City, Mexico - Mexico
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Anna-Emilia Hietanen
Mexico City, DF Mexico

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