Guiding Good Choices ©(GGC) & Parenting Presentations

GGC is a science based evidence based parenting program that targets parents of 3rd to 8th grade. This is a strong curriculum that assists parents in helping their children through those tween years. To date, the program’s Social Developmental Model has reached approximately 2,500 parents and adults through formal presentations, resource sharing, special events, and training courses provided by the Council. Training to become a GGC trainer is available; our additional presentations can be adapted for school settings, multi week sessions, and other specific timing considerations. In 2006, for example, we adapted services to accommodate the non-English speaking Bantu tribal woman, at the request of Refugee Immigration Services. The Council has been the sole provider of this evidence based parenting program since 2001. Please contact the council to set up an individualized parenting program that your specific needs. 

Western Regional Jail

In 2012, the Prevention Education Coordinator and her volunteer staff began offering a female-inmate parenting program inside the Western Regional Jail; that program has served over 200 women which impacted over 250 children. A series of 8 week programs are facilitated by certified Council trainers. Our newest partnership is with Choices Recovery Center.  We welcome new volunteers to assist with this program.

Click here to view a media segment of the women who attend these classes.

Social Media Safety

What once started as a simple Internet Safety class for parents, has evolved over time to include the unique risks of social media and cell phones that threaten today’s youth. Our Young Adult Ambassadors—graduates of our prevention clubs and/or YADAPP programs—co-facilitate workshops with Council staff. These workshops for parents and families look at: how to establish ground rules between youth and their technology, the emerging social media trends that they are following, and provide interactive sessions for the audience. These workshops are available for both large and small group presentation settings.

Here is a flyer about an upcoming seminar for parents hosted by Mental Health America of Roanoke Valley:


Recognizing the Issues

As general practice, every parent can be proactive in staying involved and maintaining a positive influence in their children’s lives in the following ways:

  • Know their friends and their friends’ parents
  • Network with other parents
  • Stay involved with their school all the way through high school and beyond!
  • Know the resources in the community – Guiding Good Choices parent program