Two of the presenters for EQUIPPING YOUTH share stories of students affected powerfully by one of the program activities.  Many students of middle and high schools in Lake and Sumter county benefit from the positive life teachings of this program.


Our Equipping Youth Program

EQUIPPING YOUTH FOR SUCCESS is a positive youth development/risk avoidance program for teens in middle and high schools as well as youth organizations.  Trained facilitators present  key healthy concepts to students over a period of 5 - 6days.


To build the capacity of youth to make 

healthy choices by providing the highest quality Risk-Avoidance Primary-Prevention education THROUGH age-appropriate, medically-accurate programs, UTILIZING highly-interactive brain-based teaching strategies. 

How EY Promotes Success

EY gives students the tools needed to make Healthy Choices. EY is designed to enhance both cognitive and social-emotional self-regulation, equipping youth with risk avoidance skills in the five key  high risk areas of drugs, alcohol, sexual activity, intimate partner violence and tobacco.

Woven throughout the program are opportunities to affirm the worth and value of each student, enhancing the achievement of positive academic and life goals through the emotional, physical, mental, social and financial well being that results.

Key Concepts of EY

1. Goals Setting                                 

2. Boundaries /Refusal Skills          

3. Resisting Social/Media Pressure

4. Avoiding Pregnancy                    

5. Avoiding STDs                             

6. Avoiding Violence/Bullying       

7. Preventing Addictions                

8.  Healthy Relationships               

9. Attaining Self Sufficiency           

10. Overcoming Obstacles               

The core of this curriculum is provided by REAL ESSENTIALS.  (Click to learn more.)


EY has been developed and fine-tuned over many years into a highly engaging program. Each of the ten concepts is introduced with a fun activity, designed to engage students and stimulate  interactive discussions.  The presenter is then able to present facts and guide students into recognition of consequences of behavior.


"It taught me that even if you have messed up throughout your whole life, you can change your life for the better right now.”  

Lake County High School Student comment on the survey completed after participating in our Equipping Youth Program.


The Equipping Youth Program is taught in several public schools throughout Lake and Sumter Counties Florida. Please contact us to find out if this program is in your child's middle or high school. 

A faith-based presentation is also available for churches and private schools. The classes are highly interactive to keep students engaged and interested in the content.

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 Our Equipping Youth program stresses healthy relationships as the key to equipping youth to avoid becoming addicted and Empowering Parents with successful intervention for family members already caught up in addictions. 


Data Analysis Confirms Program Success

Survey Results

From the very beginning, E3 Family has believed that is was important to use statistical data to measure our program success.    Attitudinal surveys are administered at the end of the program.  The surveys measure attitudinal shifts toward healthy choices.  This graph clearly demonstrates a very significant positive shift based on responses of 1726 high school students who participated in the Equipping Youth program 2017/18.

Pre/post tests are also given to measure knowledge gains about  potential consequences of risky activities, understanding of healthy relationships, importance of goal setting and other factual information, These surveys and tests are used to ensure  CQI (Continuous Quality Improvement} of our program.  Tests and Survey results are reviewed annually to determine program areas where improvement is needed.

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E3 Family administrators and presenters continue to be passionate about their vision to see students learning the importance of making healthy choices that will impact the rest of their lives.  Notice the 63% increase in the number of students committing to avoid risky behaviors.  That makes our day!


Economic Benefit of Healthy Choices

The Financial Impact

The numbers above were provided to E3 Family by an independent research company, Social Capital Valuations, based on the survey results of participating students in school year 2014-15.   For each student enrolled in the program enhances the benefits, the community will save as a result of students avoiding the consequences and subsequent costly intervention resulting from unhealthy choices.  Much of what we teach these students will not hear in any other place. 

Our vision is for life changing and sometimes life saving program to be offered to every middle and high school in Lake and Sumter Counties and beyond   You can be that difference in the life of a young person by supporting E3 Family Solutions.

A Life Impacted

More important though, than even the high cost of intervention, is the need to prevent the human suffering that almost always results when students take those first steps into high risk activities. 

Darla Huddleston

Executive Director

Annual Report

July 2018

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