It is hard to believe spring break 2017 is upon us. If you have adolescents or teens, you've probably had ongoing conversations about how they will spend their break. If you are a parent of a middle or high school student who will be away with friends on spring break or even if they are home alone, there are some things you need to know to keep your child safe and drug-free.
As kids try to get permission and money for trips, you'll hear phrases like: "Everybody is going. This is a rite of passage." Or: "I'm almost in college--this is what college kids do." "The drinking age is 18 there."
The pressure is on for sure.
This spring break will undoubtedly be a season of "firsts" for teens and pre-teens beginning with their first experience being without an adult for an extended period of time on some days. Other significant "firsts" can include:
These firsts are much more likely to happen under little or no supervision. Taking steps to avoid these dangers is prudent, but more importantly, establishing clear and open lines of communication is key.
Scientists found that, while a teen might make good choices when he is alone, adding friends to the mix makes him more likely to take risks for the reward of relationship instead of considering the cost. Even if your teen generally makes great decisions, getting together with hundreds of other spring breakers can make it seem like the rewards of risk-taking outweigh any future consequences.
If your goal is for your spring breaker to be safe, here are a few things to consider:
Ultimately, the goal is to keep your child, and those around your child, safe over spring break. We all know that one irresponsible decision or crazy post on social media can change the trajectory of a young person's life.
Most of us would probably agree about one thing: It's better to be very clear about the expectations and leave no stone unturned than to wish we had said something.
Don't be afraid to be "that parent" who encourages new experiences, knowing that a strong foundation can help them make the most of their opportunities.
Supervision, at this age, is less about holding your child’s hand and hovering over their shoulder and more about taking certain precautions, setting clear expectations and arming your child with the knowledge and information to make smart and healthy lifestyle choices.
Have fun, stay safe. See you after Spring Break!
COMMUNITY PARENT NETWORK EVENT
DR. DAVID WALSH: "Why Do They Act That Way?
A Practical Guidefor Parenting Pre-teens and Teenagers"
On Wednesday, February 9th at 7:00 p.m. at Adlai E Stevenson High School - WEST Auditorium, award-winning psychologist and best-selling author Dr. David Walsh, will address the community on the topic of adolescence.
Adolescence has been described as a “normally abnormal stage of life.” This workshop, based on Dr. Walsh's best selling book, explains what happens to the adolescent brain on the path from childhood into adulthood, going beyond the well-known issues of hormones and peer pressure. Revealing the latest scientific findings in easy-to-understand terms, Dr. Walsh shows why moodiness, quickness to anger, willingness to take risks, miscommunication and other familiar teenage behaviors are so common. Event will be at Adlai E. Stevenson High School - West Auditorium.
Among other issues facing parents of teenagers, Dr. Walsh will talk about the effect of alcohol and drugs on the teenage brain. This is a must attend event for parents and community members. Admission is free, but registration is requested via Eventbrite.
Thank you and see you March 9th at 11:00 a.m. for our next general meeting at Village of Lincolnshire!
Join us at January's monthly meeting where Stevenson High School Athletic Director, Trish Betthauser, will speak to members about Stevenson's extra-curricular code of conduct. Mrs. Betthauser will share what she tells all players at the new athlete meetings that are required this year.
In addition, Stand Strong will discuss action plan and budget items for year 3 of our grant! You don't want to miss this informative meeting!
Start out the new year by getting involved to help create a healthier community for our teens. WE need your voice!!
As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact SSC Executive Chair, Jamie Epstein via email.
Create a new tradition! Grab some friends or better yet, make some new friends and get ready to lace up your skates and 'Skate the Ribbon' at Maggie Daley Park - Friday, January 20 from 3:45 to 10:30 p.m. !
$20 includes transportation, rentals, light snacks and... wait for it... a private room eliminating having to wait in line for skate rentals! Seriously.
Participants can bring extra money to purchase more food if they would like. Purchase tickets today at the Stevenson High School Patriot Superstore & don't forget to download a permission slip today! Please submit signed permission slips to the Patriot Superstore with $20 payment.
For more information, please contact Stand Strong Coalition Chair Jamie Epstein at email@example.com.
Event organized by Stevenson High School Catalyst Club members =).
In December 2016, middle school Catalyst group students visited participating retailers accompanied by the Lake County Sheriff's Department, Lincolnshire Police Department, the Buffalo Grove Police Department in Stand Strong Coalition's "Sticker Shock" campaign.
Sticker Shock is a youth-led prevention program designed to support existing and encourages new community activism, cooperative efforts, and community capacity building to combat underage drinking and its related programs — specifically, adults providing alcohol to minors. Project Sticker Shock seeks to reach those persons 21 years of age or older who might illegally purchase alcohol and provide it to minors.
“They will place prevention stickers on multi-packs of beer, wine coolers, and other alcohol products that might appeal to underage drinkers,” a Stand Strong Coalition member said.
The stickers display a warning message about the penalties for purchasing or providing alcohol to minors.
“The project represents a partnership between youth, licensed establishments, concerned parents and community members, prevention professionals, and law enforcement with the goal of educating persons 21 and older of the underage law and raising public awareness about underage drinking,” Jamie Epstein, Stand Strong Coalition Executive Director said.
Please join us in thanking the following business for proudly showing their support to help create a community culture that supports youth who are making positive choices.
Did you miss Harvard Medical Professor Dr. Bertha K. Madras September event? Watch as Dr. Madras shares recent and compelling information about marijuana's affect on our teens health, academics, and future.
As the new school year quickly approaches, Stand Strong is in full swing and looking forward to another great year. Join us on Thursday, August 18 from 7 - 9:00 p.m. at Village of Lincolnshire City Hall.
Monthly meeting are always open to the community! We look forward to seeing you there!
Saturday, April 30th is National Prescription Take Back Program - National Drug Enforcement Administration.
Do you have a medicine cabinet full of unused or expired prescription pills that need to be disposed of? We've got the perfect location for turning in these prescription pills!
Drop off prescriptions between 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 30th at:
Village of Lincolnshire - Police Department
One Olde Half Day Road
Buffalo Grove Police Department
46 Raupp Boulevard
Thank you for helping us make communities safer for youth.
Consortium-wide panel event for 8th grade parents and students getting ready to attend
Adlai E. Stevenson High School this Fall.
Event is Free, but registration will assist us for planning purposes. For more information and/or to register, visit http://www.eventbrite.com/e/making-the-move-to-stevenson-high-school-registration-23918953233.
Please share this event with consortium-wide 8th grade parents you know. Thank you in advance!
Saturday, April 16th: Bowling and Laser Tag at Brunswick Zone in Buffalo Grove for all SHS students from 8:00 -11:00 p.m.! Students can register for this fun, alternative event at the Stevenson School Store.
In support of Stand Strong Coalition’s goal to keep adult community members informed, we’re looking forward to March’s Monthly Meeting with special guest, Detective Eric Kaechele, from the Lake County Sheriff’s Gang Task Force. Detective Kaechele will share relevant issues the Task Force regularly faces in our community, as well as the terminology (street names/youth jargon) used, the dangers our kids are exposed to, and more importantly, the tell-tale signs of someone in trouble. Information that no doubt any parent and community member committed to staying informed will greatly appreciate.
The meeting is scheduled on Thursday, March 10th - 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Village of Lincolnshire
Stand Strong Coalition Monthly Meetings are always open to parents, community members, businesses, local, state, and government officials. Your participation is encouraged and volunteers are always welcome.
Get involved. Stay informed. Learn about initiatives the Coalition and Catalyst Club is actively working on in our community.
On Friday, February 26th, seventeen (17) Stevenson High School's Catalyst Club students volunteered as facilitators at Daniel Wright Junior High School’s annual Operation Snowflake event. The program strives to facilitate discussion and interaction among students, which lead to thoughtful decision - making skills and how to handle peer pressure.
Catalyst Club students, along with Stevenson’s Peer Theater Group were trained in the Operation Snowflake curriculum and spent the day talking and collaborating for over 5 hours with Daniel Wright 7th-graders. They discussed important issues facing our students, such as peer pressure, prejudice, and how to make good choices. Catalyst students led small discussion groups and activities and even directed short skits acted out by the younger students. The administration at Daniel Wright J.H.S loved the participation of local high school students and believed that they are critical to providing this messaging to the 7th graders. Younger students left feeling informed, empowered, and more confident to enter high school.
We are extremely proud and humbled by the Catalyst student's passion, time, and commitment to make a positive difference in the lives of younger students. We are committed to the goal of connecting, informing, and reinforcing the importance of making good choices for students and community members alike.
Visit the Adlai E. Stevenson website for more information regarding Catalyst Club.