Nelsonville Family Info Center

The Nelsonville Family Info Center is a resource center for families. The Center provides parent support, parent education, Play Zone playgroups, Girl Power! teen group, a weekly clothes bank, and serves as a visitation site for families.

For more information, call (740) 592-3061.


Athens County Children Services and the Nelsonville Family Info Center, 1154 East Canal Street, Nelsonville host Girl Power! each Tuesday, 4 PM at the center and is open to all girls age11to 15.

Girl Power! is a national public education campaign sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help encourage and motivate 11- to 15- year-old girls to make the most of their lives. Younger girls typically have very strong attitudes about their health, so Girl Power! seeks to reinforce and sustain these positive values among girls ages 11-15 by targeting health and other positive messages to the unique needs, interests, and challenges of girls.

"It's really fun, there are always lots of activities and things to do."

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA's) most recent National Household Survey on Drug Abuse shows alarming increases in the number of girls ages 12 to 17, who drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, and use marijuana, stimulants and inhalants. These trends signal an urgent need to educate young girls about the dangers associated with drug use and its devastating consequences.

Children Services has joined forces with SAMHSA's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention to work with young girls, and their parents and caregivers, to reverse these trends and help Athens's adolescent girls stay healthy and drug-free. Specifically, the Nelsonville Family Info Center has joined the National Girl Power! Campaign to prevent or reduce drug use among girls and help them to grow into successful, confident women.

The statistics confirm that girls need special attention. Consider these facts, for 12- to 17-year old girls:

  • Nearly twenty percent smoke cigarettes.
  • Nearly twenty percent drink alcohol.
  • Almost one in ten used an illicit drug in the past month.

"Adolescence is a difficult time, and girls have their own unique problems, by avoiding the use of drugs, girls in Athens County enhance their ability to develop competence, confidence and pride in themselves and their abilities.
That's what Girl Power! is all about."

For more information about Girl Power! or other Nelsonville Family Info Center services call Rhonda Bentley, Info Center Manager at (740) 753-4100.


Rhonda Bentley
Info Center Manager

Mike Arnold
Transportation Aide

Contact Us
Athens County
Children Services
P.O. Box 1046
Athens, Ohio 45701
Ph : (740)592-3061
Fax: (740)593-3880