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Lonesome Pine Office on Youth

Who We Are

Programs currently offered are:

Professional Parent Services

Professional Parent Services is a family preservation program designed to avoid unnecessary out of home placements of children. The program operates from a strength perspective, providing participants with direct and immediate in-home services.  Parent Aides provide services in nurturing, discipline, praise, expectations, and special needs in the areas of home management, money management, personal care and hygiene, basic parenting skills, and nutritional education.  In addition, the Parent Aides collaborate with area service providers such as mental health, social services, Court Service Units, and the schools to ensure that services for the referring family are effectively and efficiently coordinated.



The K.I.D.S (Kids in Divorce and Separation) Program is a 4-hour educational program for parents designed to specifically address the relationships between conflict, divorce and child adjustment to the changes custody brings about. The program is based on research in the areas of conflict and child adjustment and critical reviews of several existing programs available to separated/divorced families. The program is delivered in a small-group format in one 4-hour session.

Strengthening Families Program

The Strengthening Families Program is a family skills intervention involving not just parents or children but the whole family. This program is evidence-based family skills training program designed to increase resilience and reduce risk factors for behavioral, emotional, academic and social problems. SFP builds on protective factors by improving family relationships, parenting skills, and youth’s social skills. Classes for participants are family oriented and child centered in hopes of redirecting delinquent behavior. 



Nurturing Parenting

Parents and their Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers (0 to 5 Years) This is a home-based program with several sessions. Parents learn about recognizing and understanding feelings, bonding, nurturing parenting routines, alternatives to hitting, child development, and ways to build self-esteem and self-concept in self and children. The Nurturing Parenting Programs are recognized by CSAP Center for Substance Abuse; OJJDP, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; and SAMHSA Substance Abuse and Mental Health.



Parenting Wisely

Parenting Wisely is a parenting skills education system.  The PW programs are designed to facilitate the learning of necessary skills for the healthy well-balanced raising of children from age 3 to 18.  Proven to reduce problem behaviors and increase communication and family unity, PW offers well documented and tested programs that guarantee results.  Parenting Wisely is evidence-based and proven effective.  Extensive research and clinical tests show that use of Parenting Wisely resulted in: Increased knowledge & use of good parenting skills, A decrease in child behavior problems, Improved problem solving, Reduced spousal violence & violence toward their children. Success of the program has earned it the ranking as a SAMHSA “Model Program” and anOJJDP “Exemplary Program” as well as many other honors and rankings.


Mentor Program

The primary goal of a mentor is to prevent initial or further delinquent activity. However, a secondary aspect is for mentors to help establish hope, courage and perseverance in youths while exposing them to new things. Mentors provide support, encouragement and guidance for a child at home, in school and in the community. They can also act as positive adult role model for a child while sharing positive leisure experiences.

Family Liaison


The Family Liaison assists families in dealing with complex circumstances concerning their child’s educational placement. The Family Liaison works toward a goal of helping the child and family to identify their own strengths and needs. The Family Liaisons have knowledge of available resources, or find the necessary resources, to meet the unique goals of the individual. The Family Liaison listens to the client’s story, their plans for the future. The Family Liaison can then provide choices, and narrow down possibilities to come to a decision about the child’s social, economic and educational needs.  The Family Liaison monitors changes in the client’s situation and keeps the case manager updated.   The Family Liaisons ultimate goal is to point clients to the right service, organization or agency for their particular situation and become a bridge to connect them to other agencies and services as needed. The Family Liaison will follow-up with the client to make sure the services were beneficial.




Learning Interests For Everyone.  This is a community class series now being offered by Lonesome Pine Office on Youth.  Classes vary having monthly themes. From couponing to kite flying and job searching to outdoor games. These classes are meant for the whole family! All classes are child and family friendly.  These weekly classes will be held each Tuesday evening beginning at 6:30 pm.  These classes will take place at Lonesome Pine Office on Youth located at 219 Wood Avenue E. Big Stone Gap, VA.   Snacks are provided, and everyone is welcome to join us for these free community classes.


School Essay Contests


The Lonesome Pine Office on Youth will be sponsoring essay contests in collaboration with local schools for various holidays and special occasions throughout the 2014-2015 school year.  For each holiday or special occasion, a different school in Wise County, Lee County, or the City of Norton will be chosen to participate in the essay contest.  Lonesome Pine Office on Youth staff will provide local schools with essay instructions and entry forms.  Two winners will be chosen for each essay contest and each winner will receive $50 in movie bucks to be used at Norton Cinema City Theater.  These movie bucks may be used for movie tickets or concessions.


What We Do



Lonesome Pine Office on Youth is a public, non-profit agency dedicated to delinquency prevention and youth development programs as a process of community development. Established in 1980 and serving Wise, Lee and Scott counties and the city of Norton. Lonesome Pine Office on Youth identifies conditions in a community that place children and families at risk and mobilizes community members to develop creative ways to change these conditions while preventing juvenile delinquency.  Services include planning and coordination of youth programs in the areas of juvenile delinquency, education, recreation, employment, health and community development.  


Our mission is to serve youth and families in Southwest Virginia through education, access to academic supports, and safe crime-free communities fostering the development of healthy families and children.


This office emphasizes the coordination of services and specializes in research-based, locally driven community program designs and resources.


         LPOY integrates the community needs assessments with known risk factors to secure resources and provide linkages for all youth and citizens by activities designed to meet and assure collaborative community needs. Utilizing an entrepreneurship approach to program development, the LPOY is committed to sustaining successful programs.


Our purpose is to prepare youth and adults to be active, self- sufficient and productive citizens, who can contribute to their community's social and economic development.



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