EIP students and their parents are both required to attend four, 1.5 hour Strengthening the Family sessions during their 8th grade year. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, these sessions will take place via Zoom for the 2020-2021 school year and will begin taking place in October 2020. Sessions will be provided in English and Spanish. Information on your assigned sessions will be mailed home and emailed closer to the date. Contact us as soon as possible if you are unable to attend your session in order to be rescheduled for a make-up. Students who do not complete STF as an 8th grader will be removed from EIP.

Upcoming Sessions 

March: Theme – Negotiation

  • Tuesday, March 9th from 7PM-8:30PM
  • Wednesday, March 10th from 7PM-8:30PM
  • Saturday, March 13th from 10AM-11:30AM
  • Thursday, March 18th from 7PM-8:30PM
  • Saturday, March 20th from 2PM-3:30PM

April: Theme – Goal-Setting

  • Tuesday, April 6th from 7PM-8:30PM
  • Wednesday, April 7th from 7PM-8:30PM
  • Saturday, April 10th from 10AM-11:30AM
  • Thursday, April 22nd from 7PM-8:30PM
  • Saturday, April 24th from 2PM-3:30PM

Strengthening the Family Facilitators

The facilitators are experienced professionals in the fields of education, social work, and engineering. They have provided STF workshops for over 10 years. Combined, they have meaningfully impacted over 1000 families of the Early Identification Program.

Strengthening the Family for Students

The Strengthening the Family program component explores issues that adolescents face, such as self-advocacy, effective  communication, understanding family dynamics, and appreciation of parents. In addition, STF explores cultural diversity and helps students understand and navigate a multicultural environment. Students learn the safe and responsible use of social media such as Facebook and Twitter.

Strengthening the Family for Parents

The Strengthening the Family program component stresses the role of parental involvement in their child’s secondary education experience. Families have the opportunity to explore issues such as peer pressure and self-image. Parents have the opportunity to learn and share effective methods of communication with their children. Parents also learn the role that social media plays in their students learning and overall socialization. In addition, parents will learn how to support their students as they pursue college.

Strengthening the Family for 8th graders:

8th graders: EIP students and their parents are both required to attend all four, 1.5 hour sessions during the course of their 8th grade school year. Sessions will be held via Zoom for the 2020-2021 school year due to COVID-19 restrictions. More information about your assigned dates will be emailed and mailed home closer to the event date.

Strengthening the Family for 10th graders:

10th graders: A follow up STF session is provided for 10th graders during the High School to College event in January. More information will be emailed and mailed home closer to the event date.


Please call EIP office 703-993-3120 or email eip@gmu.edu if you have any questions.