As a result of COVID-19, we are pausing all in person programs and are instead going virtual with FORTitude, our online program of resilience-building content and workshops delivered via our social channels and video conferencing. 

FORTitude for Parents

We're excited to be hosting a NEW series of online panel discussions on parenting and mental health over the coming weeks to help us all stay connected and sane as we navigate these times together, helping us all discover behavioral tips and commonalities in this new normal.


Every other week we will have a mental health expert and their guests join us for some insightful and great conversations where your questions can get answers. 

Wed, June 3rd 7-8pm. 

Selfcare and Action

 "Water cannot be drawn from an empty well, and if you are not setting aside a little time for what replenishes you, you will have less and less to give to others, even to your children. "

Together with our friends at SCAN of Northern Virginia our next panel will addess the importance of taking time for yourself.

When we take time to care for ourselves, we can:
1. Lower stress levels
2. Teach our children to value their health and wellbeing
3. Be better, healthier, calmer parents  



Learn more about our panelists:

Yolanda Thompson

Family Program Manager, SCAN of Northern VA

Yolanda joined SCAN in 2015 as a facilitator for various family programs. Her strong interpersonal communication skills contributed to successful outcomes, to include training other facilitators. Yolanda has a B.A. in Communications from George Washington University, an M.A. in Family and Marriage Counseling from Liberty University and is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. 

With over 20 years experience, she has evinced ability to strengthen communities socially, emotionally, economically, and academically. Recently recognized by Fairfax County's Neighborhood Community Services for her community efforts, she has a vast knowledge of community advocacy, development and partnership.

In July 2019, she joined SCAN full time as the Family Programs Manager and works closely with program staff, facilitators, workshop presenters and volunteers, as well as engages with community partners and oversees evaluation and reporting.


One lesson she shares with families is: "Children are like a book, you need to read them. Don't write over who they are with your hopes, dreams, and expectations. Discover who they are by engaging in a nurturing relationship."

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