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Family & Youth Initiatives

Family & Youth Initiatives (FYI), originally began as Tri-County Women’s Network in 1978. Co-founded by Pat Banaszak and Carol Tipton, its primary goal was to provide free education and support services to struggling teen mothers. In its first 15 years, the Women’s Network served over 1,200 families via three centers in Southwest Ohio.

In 1993, the Women’s Network experienced a 45% surge in requests for pregnancy tests from girls ages 10 to 11. This shocking trend inspired the organization to change its name to FYI and broaden
its mission.

FYI now provides several FREE community programs, including:

Women’s Network

  • Education for pregnant women, and parents with young children. This includes an “earn-while-you-learn” program, offering families a way to earn daily necessities, such as diapers, formula and baby food for free.

Little Scholars

  • A free preschool program specializing in developing social and emotional skills.

Real Life Risk Avoidance Education

  • A proactive in-school program for middle and high school teens that focuses on: developing healthy relationships, character building, and the realities and consequences of engaging in at-risk behaviors. Topics include: sexual activity, drug and alcohol abuse and teen dating violence.

DEFY Student Mentoring

  • DEFY is a peer to peer mentoring program that focuses on teaching the facts and harmful effects of tobacco, alcohol and other drug use; while providing life skill lessons that impacts decision-making abilities and encourages students to make healthy, long lasting choices.

Adult Development Classes

  • GED, job skills classes and several other adult development courses.
  • A community garden; nutrition and cooking classes.

It is FYI’s sincere hope that, with the support of our local community, we can continue to offer these services and more to the people within our reach. We want every person who walks in our door – at whatever stage of life – to walk out changed: better equipped to thrive today and have hope for their future.

Learn how to help empower someone through FYI today:

Contact Information:

Family & Youth Initiatives

468 N. Dayton-Lakeview Drive

New Carlisle, OH 45344

(937) 845-0403