How does Respecting the Circle of Life involve families?

Respecting the Circle of Life promotes concentric circles of support for adolescents’ positive behavior change at individual, peer, family, and community levels.

Intergenerational intervention has special import to Native American communities as family is generally valued as the nexus of strength for individuals and been shown to yield great influence on adolescents’ behavioral choices. Native parents and communities are eager for prevention interventions that strengthen entire family networks; thus, incorporation of parents or trusted adults in the program help make it socially and culturally congruent for youth and families and holds promise for reducing accumulated risk across generations.