On Friday, July 10th, FAMILYConnections hosted its annual Family Fun Picnic in Monte Irvin Park in Orange, NJ. The picnic celebrated families and teens from two FAMILYConnections programs: Outreach to At-Risk Youth and Strengthening Families of Essex. Over 70 local children, teens, and families enjoyed a sunny afternoon in the park which included a BBQ dinner, games, crafts, and even an ice cream truck - all courtesy of FAMILYConnections.

Outreach to At-Risk Youth offers teens group-based counseling to prevent pregnancy, violence, and gang prevention.  trengthening Families of Essex provides evidence-based prevention programming and support for the whole family delivered at convenient locations like churches and schools throughout Essex County.

"This annual event celebrates family togetherness," said Jacques Hryshko, FAMILYConnections' Executive Director. "Those who come to the picnic spend quality time together in a beautiful environment. This helps to build stronger family bonds and friendships and that is what Outreach to At-Risk Youth and Strengthening Families of Essex are all about."

FAMILYConnections is a non-profit counseling and family service agency serving the Oranges and surrounding communities with 35+ programs for all ages, offering counseling, skills-building, training and prevention.  For more information please visit www.familyconnectionsnj.org.