Family Patterns Matter
Kickoff Thursday for youth organization
by Sarah Fay Campbell
A kickoff event for Family Patterns Matter, a new youth-driven and youth-focused organization in Coweta, will be held Thursday.
The event will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 at Something Special on Greenville Street, and anyone interested is invited to attend. There will be hors d'oeuvres and a short program, as well as a question-and-answer session.
"We are a youth-driven program designed by caring adults," said Linda Kirkpatrick, president and CEO of Family Patterns Matter.
The organization will have comprehensive outreach programs and support for participating youth, and will work on issues such as bullying and youth offenders.
"We're looking at interventions that will break the destructive patterns in families so that the next generation has an opportunity to thrive," Kirkpatrick said. The organization has a board of directors as well as a youth advisory board.
"Because we are youth driven, the youth advisory board is our main focus," she said. "They are youth empowering youth. The things that they have told us are incredible. Their main focus is self worth," Kirkpatrick said. Bullying is a major cause of depression and other issues, such as self-harm, eating disorders and even suicide, she said.
The organization plans to have speakers, peer-to-peer support and possibly workshops.
"We're going to try to get into the schools because the counselors aren't prepared to talk to these kids that are being bullied in that little, covert way," she said.
Kirkpatrick and Coweta Juvenile Court Judge Joe Wyant will speak at Thursday’s event, and some members of the youth advisory board will be on hand.
Kirkpatrick said she is going to talk about "why it is so important" to have a program like Family Patterns Matter and "why we want to have the community involved."
For more information, visit www.FamilyPatternsMatter.org or call 404-944-8024.