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Frank Ferry: Event helps parents navigate teen years

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Posted: September 3, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: September 3, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

Every parent worries about the well-being of his or her children, especially when it comes to teenagers.

As a parent, how do you guide them and help them to make good decisions?  What do you need to know about your teen and their friends? How do you prepare them so they do not succumb to negative peer pressure?

While the answers to these questions are never easy to talk about, 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 11th annual Teen Scene Unplugged on Sept. 14 at Golden Valley High School. Stacy Kaiser, a nationally known speaker, author and psychotherapist, will provide strategies and tips on facing the realities and challenges of parenting teens head-on. Kaiser will discuss 10 things every parent needs to know to raise a successful adult.

The city’s Teen Scene Unplugged is attended by more than 500 community members annually. This free program is always dynamic, engaging and packed with insightful information and useful resources for families.

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 every day.

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

Teen Scene Unplugged is an annual event hosted by the city’s Blue Ribbon Task Force. Formed in January 2000 by the Santa Clarita City Council, the Blue Ribbon Task Force was designed to provide information and education to the community about alcohol, drug and tobacco use by teens.

Community leaders signed a 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 healthful life choices, among others. The Task Force is composed of community-based organizations, local school districts, parents, youth, law enforcement, businesses and city and county representatives who meet regularly to address local teen related issues.

Teen Scene Unplugged: Navigating the Teenage Years will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at Golden Valley High School, located at 27051 Robert C. Lee Parkway.  A resource fair kicks off the event at 6 p.m., and the presentation starts at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Parents with teens and pre-teens are encouraged to attend. 

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.

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