F.A.S.T. is a nationally recognized program developed to enhance family functioning and prevent certain problems in families, including substance abuse. At each of the buildings the program consists of 8 evening sessions, once each week from 5:30 – 8:00p.m. Eight to ten families are invited to attend in each building.
Application forms are available at each building on registration days and at open house events. Some families participating in the program volunteered their involvement; others were recruited based on faculty recommendations. F.A.S.T. is a program which could benefit any and all families.
The eight to ten families work with a F.A.S.T. “team” which consists of teachers, a parent, a substance abuse prevention specialist from the Area Substance Abuse Council and a mental health consultant from the Family Service Agency – both of Cedar Rapids. Several teachers are involved in each building as well as principals, guidance counselors, the school social worker and the MISD family resource specialist. The teams receive 12 hours of training over the summer provided by the Grant Wood Area Education Agency.
If you have questions about the F.A.S.T. programs or need further information, please contact Michelle Wilson, MISD K-12 Family Resource by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (319)377-9401.