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Frank Ferry: What to do when a teen lives in your house

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Posted: September 17, 2010 9:58 p.m.
Updated: September 18, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 

Teenagers: How do we guide them to make good decisions?  What do you need to know about your teens and their friends? What do you do if you think your teen needs help? How do we help them make the right choices in life?  While the answers to these questions are never easy, help and guidance are readily found at the city’s annual Teen Scene Unplugged.

The city of Santa Clarita and the Blue Ribbon Task Force will address these issues and more at the 10th annual Teen Scene Unplugged on Sept. 29. 

Tyler Durman, one of America’s top speakers on teen issues, will address the myths and ideals of parenting today’s teens and preteens.

Tyler will provide important tips and tools to help parents communicate and connect with their children, and prepare them to be successful adults.

Parents of teens will gain awareness of the underlying issues and life stressors that lead to unproductive choices.

They will gain concrete solutions to help them understand, connect and communicate with their teens about the strains kids face everyday.

This extraordinary program is sure to get parents and teens talking, and will help them learn to cope, make healthy and responsible choices and survive the teenage years.

Detective Dan Finn from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station will also be a speaker for Teen Scene Unplugged.
Finn will give parents a glimpse of what goes on in the teen world, including information about teen culture and local issues, and provide important insight so parents can stay informed and vigilant.

Teen Scene Unplugged is an annual event hosted by the city’s Blue Ribbon Task Force.

The Blue Ribbon Task Force is a motivated group of residents, business owners, parents, professionals, school, city and county representatives who meet regularly to address local issues related to teen drug, alcohol and tobacco use in our community. 

The task force was formed in January 2000 by the Santa Clarita City Council to provide information and education to the community about alcohol, drug and tobacco use by teens.

Community leaders signed a community charter that recognizes their collective responsibility and commitment to provide a quality, safe and substance-free environment for the youth of Santa Clarita.

Through the years, the concerns addressed by the task force have grown to include other teen issues such as peer pressure, teen stress, gangs, sex and making healthy life choices, among others.

The task force is composed of community-based organizations, parents, youth, educators, law enforcement, businesses and city staff.

“Teen Scene Unplugged: Yikes! A Teenager lives in My House!” will be held on Sept. 29, at the Hyatt Regency Valencia.  A Resource Fair will take place from 6-7 p.m., and will precede the presentations.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, please call Community Services at (661) 250-3708 or visit santa-clarita.com/blueribbon.

Frank Ferry is a member of the Santa Clarita City Council and can be reached at: fferry@santa-clarita.com. His column reflects his own views and not necessarily those of The Signal.

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