If a child cannot learn the way I teach, then I must teach the way he learns.
--Anna Gillingham, educator and psychologist

Monday, April 8, 2013

Town Hall Meeting: Underage Substance Abuse & Its Effects

Youth Connect will host an important town hall meeting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, in the Quaker Valley Middle School auditorium.  Entitled, “It’s No Big Deal… Right?”, the focus of the meeting will be the scope, nature, and problems associated with adolescent use of alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs, and what parents can do about it issue.

Participating in the morning event are a number of local residents, as well as a leading expert in teen substance abuse disorder.  Jeff Bennett, of Bell Acres, will share the story of his daughter’s struggle with substance abuse; Bennett and his wife, Patti, were featured in Listen II, a documentary about chemical addiction in young people that was produced by The Alliance Against Drugs.  Debbie Kehoe, executive director of The Alliance, will also be on hand and will screen Listen II as part of the morning’s event.

Dr. Duncan Clark, director of the Pittsburgh Adolescent Alcohol Research Center, will discuss his 20+ years of clinical research on the impact of alcohol and other drugs on brain development, especially among children and adolescents.  Dr. Clark is an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, and also holds a Ph.D. in psychology from UCLA, along with an M.D. from Harvard; his work has been recognized by the American Psychiatric Association, the American College of Psychiatrists, and the American Psychological Association, among others.

A panel of local students will wrap up the presentation with a frank discussion of what parents can do to help their children avoid the lure of drugs and alcohol.  The event is free and open to the public; parents of children in grades 4 though 9 are especially encouraged to attend.  For more information on the town hall meeting, email youthconnect@hotmail.com.

Youth Connect is a group of concerned adults and students from schools and organizations in the Sewickley area working to provide the information, resources, and support our young people need to avoid risky behavior and enjoy their teen years.

For more information please contact youthconnect@hotmail.com or visit youthconnectnews@blogspot.com.  

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