MAY 4 @7PM

Supporting Teens in Reducing Their Stress (and Ours)

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Matt Bellace, Ph.D.

Psychologist / Comedian 

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Recent research suggests that well-adjusted teenagers have stronger non-cognitive skills, such as self-control, grit and resilience.  This webinar will focus on how parents can help foster those skills in a supportive environment without arguing.  Specifically, it will present techniques such as mindfulness meditation, effective communication and using natural highs as healthy coping mechanisms against stress, alcohol and other drug use and bullying behavior.  The goal is to help improve the quality of life for both parents and their teens.  His very powerful message – we need to support young people in both words and actions if we want them to make healthy choices for themselves.

APRIL 14 @7PM

Alcohol Marketing, Youth Drinking and the Pandemic:

Who is minding the stores?

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David Jernigan, Ph.D.

Boston University - School of Public Health

Department of Health law, Policy & Management

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Dr. Jernigan will discuss the daily avalanche of alcoholic images and information teens experience from marketing and social media. Alcohol marketing is seen as a major risk factor for underage drinking yet kids continuously see brand ads on television, the movies, storefront posters, YouTube, and celebrity endorsements on social media.  His message is one of hope - that even a small group of committed parents and citizens can achieve change by becoming advocates, investing in research, and limiting alcohol access to young people.

MARCH 11 @7PM

A Message of Hope, Purpose & Change - 

Underage Drinking is Not A "Rite of Passage”

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Kathi Sullivan

JVC Foundation

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They say a moment in your life can change who you are.  On October 17, 2008, Kathi’s 17 year-old daughter Taylor passed away from underage drinking after attending a homecoming game and a series of underage drinking parties her senior year of high school.  Wanting to make something good come from the experience of losing Taylor, combined with staggering youth underage drinking statistics, are what drives Kathi to share her story and Taylor’s message. Learn the importance of communicating to your teen that “Negative choices in the past DO NOT define you.  You can learn from them, and make better ones in your future!"

FEBRUARY 10 @7PM

Marijuana:  Lessons Learned and the Impact on Youth

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Kevin Sabet

President & CEO,

Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM)

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Luke Niforatos

Executive Vice President,

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Will Jones III

Communications & Outreach Associate,

SAM

Former White House Advisor,

Office of National Drug Control Policy

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SAM examines the impact of marijuana on communities — from the effect on youth use to drugged driving to complex concerns surrounding social justice issues.  Learn the lessons learned from legalized states and the overall impact on our young people and public health at large.

JANUARY 20 @7PM

Marijuana:  Parenting for Prevention

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Christine Storm

Caron Treatment Center

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Parents face more challenges than ever in having effective prevention conversations with their teens around marijuana use. Even though this drug is more potent than ever, perception of harm is at an all-time low due to legalization, medicinal use and methods of ingesting like vaping and edibles which seem so much easier and more palatable. We can’t give up! In this webinar, we will explore the important role parents play, discuss the landscape of cannabis products our kids may be exposed to and learn how we can reduce the chances of our teens using.

DECEMBER 8 @7PM

Youth Mental Health 101:

Supporting Teens in These Challenging Times

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Michael Orth

Commissioner, Westchester County

Department of Community Mental Health

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Dr. Andrew Ecker

Coordinator of Guidance & Child Study,

Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES

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It's okay to not be okay. At any moment in time, one in five teens will face a mental health challenge. Anxiety, depression, and feelings of isolation may be especially heightened right now, making the need for early intervention by parents and caring adults even more important. Join Dr. Andrew Ecker from PNW BOCES and  Michael Orth, Commissioner, Westchester County Dept. of Community Mental Health, to learn more about how to tell the difference between normal "teen angst" and signs that your child may need additional support.  

NOVEMBER 16 @7PM

The Youth Vaping Epidemic:

What Parents Need to Know and How to Protect Our Kids

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Mimi Boublik 

Parents Against Vaping e-Cigaretes

(PAVe)

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Dr. Jonathan Avery

Weill Cornell Medical College and

New York - Presbyterian Hospital

Covid-19 is not the only health crisis we are facing: e-cigarette use increased 78% among high school students from 2017 to 2018, prompting the Surgeon General to classify youth vaping as an epidemic. Currently, approximately one in five high school students use e-cigarettes. Join PAVe’s (Parents Against Vaping e-cigarettes) Mimi Boublik and addiction psychiatrist Dr. Jonathan Avery to understand how vaping affects our children’s bodies and brains, and how to recognize the signs of vaping to protect our children’s health. 

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OCTOBER 20 @7PM

I Am One and I Make One Choice for Health:

A Data-Informed, Youth-Driven Prevention Message for Parents

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Dr. Robert DuPont

One Choice Prevention

Former White House Drug Chief

Former Director of the National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA)

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Dr. Caroline DuPont

One Choice Prevention

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Nancy Pasquale

RyeACT Coalition

The adolescent brain is hardwired for risk-taking, making teens particularly vulnerable to substance use problems, including addiction. What you may not know is that there is a growing number of youth making the healthy decision not to use substances, and parents and community members can play a critical role in supporting that healthy choice. A national leader in the field of prevention for more than 50 years, Dr. Robert DuPont and his colleagues will share the latest research on the impact of drug use on the developing brain, and the ways that parents and other caring adults can promote the powerful trend across the country of youth making

One Choice to be substance free. 

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SEPTEMBER 23 @7PM

Helping Kids Today Become Successful Young Adults Tomorrow

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Joshua Wayne

MA, Counseling Education,  Top Youth Speakers

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As parents, teachers and other caring adults in the lives of kids, we all want the same thing: to see them happy, self-confident and ready for the adult world. Using humorous and touching stories from more than two decades working with at-risk youth and their families – plus his own challenges as a struggling teen – Joshua gives attendees the essential tools they need to help them make that a reality for the children in their lives.

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