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We as human beings have 4 needs: Acceptance, Identity, Security and Purpose

“Be the change you want to see in the world.”  -Ghandi


Family Patterns Matter is a youth driven organization. Understanding the importance of peer to peer discussions in listening to our youth, we gain a glimpse of the world as they see it. Using their perspective, positive influence and support entering a child’s life at any age can change the dynamics of their future.

Our Focus:

    • “Youth Advisory Board” brings pre-teen and teen perspectives in defining issues that impact their life. Low self-worth leads to depression, self-harm, eating disorders, and isolation .
    • A foster child’s outlook on being loved: “Not Damaged Goods”. A loving home in the right environment brings positive change. The past is not forgotten, but part of who they become.
    • Becoming “the parent” again:  ”Grandparents Raising Grandchildren”. Listening to the grandparent and listening to the child to understand the dynamics and needs to support the growing number of these families.
    • Education: Tutoring and mentoring at rick youth;  “Youth Offenders” asks the tough questions facing all of us in the community-what is the dynamic of the family where gangs, drugs, violence and school drop-out occurs? Can a generational issue seen in these families be changed? Is there a solution to end the cycle?


Mission: Stop the cycle of violence, substance abuse and economic distress; through youth empowerment.

Vision: The proven  wisdom of compassionate adults and community leaders combined with  the passion of our youth,  will be the ripple that brings  positive impact to enable and equip other youth  with preventive strategies, community actions and whatever they deem appropriate to address negative societal, community and family patterns.

Purpose: Create a program that allows youth to be heard. To listen to each word and not judge. To allow for solutions to come from the youth with the understanding they will do no harm. To bring support to those who request it. To bring guidance when needed. To allow for leaders to emerge. To give each individual the opportunity to gain self-worth. To bring answers to questions they may not understand. To instill the love of learning. To bring kindness and generosity to each one.


Our Values: Respect, Honesty and Integrity


Executive board:

Linda Kirkpatrick: CEO/President

Joyce Edmonson: Chair

Dr. Bonnie Thomas: Vice Chair

Lori Trosper: Secretary/Treasure


Advisory Board:

Sam Madaris: Youth Advisory Board

Dara Wells: Event Coordinator; Youth Advisory Board

Barbara Martin: Event Coordinator


Mandy Morris: ‘Not Damaged Goods” raising awareness to the forever family for Foster Children

Tim Kirkpatrick: Christmas for the Children

Barbara Martin: Event planner

Richard Tai: Technical Support

Collaborative Affiliate:

Susan Eberbach:  Prevent Child Abuse Coweta

Juvenile Justice System: Tutor/mentor program

Three Rivers of the Southern Crescent: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

A.S.P.I.R.E.S.:  Working with youth on the autistic spectrum




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