Project FORWARD participants will experience opportunities to reconnect with their partners, improve family harmony, boost self-esteem, find and keep meaningful employment and experience greater overall happiness and healthfulness that can transfer to the next generation.

Project FORWARD offers FREE relationship and communication skill building workshops, parenting training, support services, and economic and employment services. 

Eligible participants enter into one of two workshops depending on their age and relationship status.  Love Notes 2.1, for single teens and young people, provides a greater understanding of the individual’s values, education on healthy and unhealthy relationships, communication skills, and unplanned pregnancy and safe sex practices.  Family Wellness Survival Skills & the Strongest Link, for coupled (married or otherwise committed) individuals, provides a strengthening of the couple’s bond through understanding the values of each person, skills to resolve conflict as a team, parenting training, how to manage through life’s challenges, and ways to keep the romance alive.  

Along with these workshops, each participant receives individualized coaching to support their goals and link to support services, along with optional economic and employment stability services.  

Criteria for Project FORWARD is age 16-29 years for single participants, 16-40 years for coupled participants and residency in Nassau County. No insurance is needed, as the program is provided free of cost.  Location of services can be either in the community or at our Plainview location.  Transportation and child care assistance is provided to allow participants to attend the workshops.  

Incentives are provided to participants based upon completion of the workshop and research surveys.

Key community partners delivering Project FORWARD under the leadership of grantee CN Guidance are: The Safe Center L.I. (family violence prevention specialists), Abilities, Inc. (nonprofit experts in economic stability and job development), the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office (a public resource well connected to troubled youth who will benefit from this program) and Adelphi University (experts in program evaluation).

For additional information:

Get Smart About Your Love Life

Prepare For a Lifetime Together

Take The Path to a Stronger Marriage

Please contact:

Kristie Schwarz, MA, Program Director
CN Guidance & Counseling Services, Inc.
55 West Ames Court, Plainview, NY 11803
Tel: (516) 822-6111 ext. 2255
Fax: (516) 396-0553
Director Email: kschwarz@centralnassau.org
Program Email: projectforward@centralnassau.org

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Funding for this project was provided by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, GRANT: 11957197.  Any opinions and findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.  These services are available to all eligible persons, regardless of race, gender, age, disability, or religion.
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