No internet. No television. No texts. No tweets. No distractions. That's the focus behind a special program called Strengthening Families and it's set to launch again this month in Monmouth County.

Now in it's 15th year, the absolutely free program is designed for families in all economic brackets. The educational component combines family time with a hot meal and group discussion.

Strengthening Families is an educational program utilizing the award- winning Strengthening Families curriculum that has been recognized by the World Health Organization as a model parenting program. Families will learn how to improve communication skills, develop effective conflict resolution techniques and learn to identify and express feelings.

Each week features a complimentary, catered family dinner, incentives and gifts for participants.

Coordinator Alyson Zilai says the information is very valuable. She explains "people always love the program. Not only do you get a free meal, there are so many skills you walk away from the table with at the completion of the program. It's not just for those in need or struggling families. We get all kinds of people from all types of homes in here - even those who just don't have time for a regular family dinner time on a regular basis."

The program kicks off on April 26th in Marlboro at the Collier's School in Wickatunk. It's for teens ages 14 to 16 years old and their parents or guardians.

The second program starts May 8th in West Long Branch at Monmouth Cares. That session is for 12 - 14 year olds and their parents or guardians.

Register at 732-942-5753 or e-mail Alyson directly at