Caldwell, Tx – SUCCESS…powered by YOU [SPY] officially launched its program in Burleson County in May. Local and county officials, school board and community members, and stakeholders were treated to a grab-in-go lunch and introduced to the program’s many workshops by Holly Narro, SPY’s Burleson County Program Coordinator and by SPY’s staff.
“Burleson County is a great place to live and work. The community, community leaders, and businesses are very supportive of programs that help better the citizens’ lives, like Success…powered by YOU. This was evident by how many individuals showed up to the open house. It does help to have grown up in Burleson County; however, SPY is a successful program because it offers life skills and provide tools that are essential to young adults,” said Narro.
The SPY program is within the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and offers free virtual classes and some person-to-person workshops in Common Sense Parenting, Money Smart and a relationship workshop known as Within My Reach. All workshops are exclusively for young adults (18-24) living in Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Madison and Robertson counties.
Project Director, Laurie Naumann, knows the importance of having a program such as SPY in Burleson County.
“After five great years (2015-2020) of providing relationship, parenting, and finance classes to adult couples of any age in Burleson County, we received a new grant in late 2020 that shifted our focus to emerging adults (18-24 years old). Although we still cover the same topics, our focus and our materials now target this younger age demographic exclusively and there are about 1500 emerging adults in Burleson County.
It is very exciting to be focused on reaching 18-24 year olds, as the earlier someone learns the skills we teach – how to have a healthy relationship, how to manage finances, how to parent well – the greater impact it will have on their entire life. There’s a huge difference in teaching these skills to an 18 year old or someone in their early 20s versus someone in their 30s or 40s that have 20+ years of bad habits already developed. Our participants are starting with clean slates and our program can help prevent them from making bad decisions, whether it’s relational, financial or with parenting.” said Naumann.
All of SPY’s workshops are free. The program also partners with local and county government, school districts, health centers and nonprofits that can provide additional resources for participants.
For more information about the SPY program or its workshops, call 979.321.5248 or visit their website: families.tamu.edu.