Monday, April 30, 2012

Teens, parents discuss substance abuse prevention

Wilton Villager (Wilton, CT) April 26, 2012

"After hearing positive statistical data about underage drinking and drug use being on the decline, local teens and parents engaged in discussions about prevention during Wednesday's Community Conversation at Trackside Teen Center. Wilton resident Florence Johnson, who has a 14-year old daughter who attends Middlebrook School, believes it is critical for parents to lead by example.
'What kind of example do I set about adult behavior?' asked Johnson. 'If the adult behaviors that I give as an example involve alcohol, then kids are going to be more likely to think this is OK.'" Read More

Being Bullied Tied to Anxiety, Depression in Special-Needs Kids

HealthDay News, April 29, 2012

"Special-needs youth with chronic medical conditions or developmental disabilities are at risk for anxiety and depression if they're excluded, ignored or bullied by other young people, a new small study says.
It included 109 youngsters, ages 8 to 17, who were recruited during routine visits to a U.S. children's hospital. The patients and their parents completed questionnaires that screen for symptoms of anxiety and depression, and the youngsters also completed a questionnaire that asked them about bullying or exclusion by their peers." Read More 

Learn About the Impact of Alcohol, Marijuana on the Brains of Teens

Watertown Patch (Watertown, CT) April 29, 2012

"Find out how alcohol and marijuana affects the brains of teens during a town hall meeting at Watertown High School on Wednesday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m.
Teens, parents, and educators of middle and high school students are invited to the event, which is sponsored by the Wayside Multi-Service Center, Watertown Youth Coalition, and Watertown Public Schools." Read More

Friday, April 27, 2012

MHS Bully Busters help younger students

Reminder News (Manchester, CT) April 26, 2012

"Bullying has become much more prevalent in recent years, erupting on the news in dramatic tragedies like the shootings in Columbine and Virginia Tech, and quietly pervading local classrooms and schools. At Manchester High School, a group of student leaders has put together a group called Bully Busters that goes into elementary and middle schools using live demonstrations and teaching students how they can make a positive impact against bullying.
'I am the lead speaker when we do our presentation,' said senior Logan Welch. 'We teach the different types of bullying - relationship, physical, verbal and cyber. We teach them that if you are a bystander, you are involved, and how to be a positive bystander. We teach them positive thinking in a situation. I teach them how to brighten the room, not darken it. I also teach about the different types of bullies in a comfortable environment so they can come forward and share their own stories. We know now what works with each age group,' said Welch." Read More 

Torrington Police Department hosting prescription drug Take Back event Saturday

Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) April 25, 2012

"On April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Torrington Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
Local residents may take medications for disposal to the Torrington Police Department at 576 Main St Torrington, CT. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last October, Americans turned in 377,080 pounds—188.5 tons—of prescription drugs at more than 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,000 state and local law enforcement partners. In its three previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in almost a million pounds—nearly 500 tons—of pills." Read More

Teens & Alcohol: It's Worse Than You Think

Darien Patch (Darien, CT) April 26, 2012

"This article is not going to be a gentle primer about how to find common ground with your teenager or how to be your teenager’s best friend: For professionals who work in the vortex of life, that spinning maelstrom where clients and patients, particularly teenagers, have become drinkers or drug users, there is no common ground.
Our communities must learn that no such thing exists when it comes to educating ourselves and our families about the multiple consequences of underage drinking and drug use." Read More

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

3 Guilford businesses accused of selling alcohol to minors

Shoreline Times (Guilford, CT) April 23, 2012

"Three businesses were caught selling alcohol to minors during a sweep performed by the Guilford Police Department and state Liquor Control agents last weekend, authorities said.
Splash Restaurant, The Whole Enchilada and Shoreline Wine Merchant were found in violation for allegedly selling alcohol to trained underage volunteers.
A total of 14 businesses licensed to sell or serve alcohol were visited by volunteers, where they attempted to purchase alcohol using their own valid identification and providing their actual ages if asked. The compliance checks were performed in cooperation with the Guilford Developmental Assets for Youth Coalition, The Connection Inc. Prevention Services and the Governor’s Prevention Partnership." Read More

Prescription Drug Collections Set For Saturday

Hartford Courant (Hartford, CT) April 24, 2012

"Connecticut State Police are joining federal and local law enforcement officials in a one-day effort Saturday to collect unwanted, expired, and unused prescription drugs.
Anonymous collections will take place at various locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The initiative is meant to prevent pill abuse and theft, police said.
Prior take-back days have boasted nearly 500 tons of prescription drugs, according to state police." Read More

Alcohol Awarness Month proclaimed in Hamden

Post-Chronicle (Hamden, CT) April, 24, 2012

"At the recent SoHa Spring Kid’s Festival, Town of Hamden’s Chief Administrative Officer, Curt B. Leng presented The Hamden Youth Services Bureau/Hamden Youth Advisory Council with a Proclamation declaring April as Alcohol Awareness Month in Hamden. This Proclamation, presented on behalf of Mayor Scott Jackson, acknowledges HYAC’s recent efforts in promoting awareness to reduce underage drinking in Hamden through HYAC’s 'Positive Choices' Campaign.
The Positive Choices Campaign is an initiative of the Hamden Youth Advisory Council to prevent underage drinking in Hamden and to encourage youth to make 'Positive Choices' to live a lifestyle free from the influence of alcohol and drugs. HYAC is a collaboration of Hamden youth, parents, state and local agencies, and organizations whose mission is to foster opportunities for all Hamden youth and their families to learn and grow in positive ways." Read More 

Teen Deaths Related to Prescription Drug Abuse Skyrocket

Stamford Patch (Stamford, CT) April 24, 2012

"The Center For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a rather alarming statistic this week regarding teen deaths. The incidents of teen fatalities related to poisonings among 15 to 19 year olds increased more than 90% between 2000 and 2009. The CDC’s report states that this is a result of our country’s epidemic of prescription drug abuse.
Although many teens might otherwise shy away from illegal street drugs, more and more teens are turning to prescription drugs and over the counter medicines to get high. These drugs include pain killers that might be prescribed after a person undergoes surgery, depressants that are taken for sleep aid, depression or anxiety or stimulants such as those used for ADHD." Read More

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Parent training becomes big business

News Times (Danbury, CT) April 23, 2012

"At this week's Danbury Parent University Conference, parents can learn from experts about topics such as teen drug abuse and how to talk to teens, cyber safety, teen dating violence, brain development in adolescents, and being a parent in the 21st century.
The April 28 program at Danbury High School includes free breakfast and lunch. Child care and children's activities is available for $15.
It's just one of the training programs increasingly being offered to area parents." Read More

Support Group Offers Help to Parents of Teens Abusing Drugs or Alcohol

Canton Patch (Canton, CT) April 24, 2012

"If you know or suspect your teen is abusing drugs and alcohol or even may be headed down that path, a local agency is offering some free help.
This Thursday morning Canton Community of Concern will begin sponsoring a five-week session on 'What do I do now,' for parents in that situation.
While many recent programs in town have provided general tips and ideas to try and encourage teens to stay away from such pitfalls, many teens, for a variety of reasons, haven’t made good choices, said Maria Coutant-Skinner, a resident and educator with the McCall Foundation." Read More

Teen Binge Drinking the Focus of Town Hall Meeting

West Hartford Patch (West Hartford, CT) April 24, 2012

"Even if they don't drink, high school students in West Hartford are exposed to drinking, and the entire community needs to increase its understanding and awareness regarding the problem of binge drinking.
That was the message heard by approximately 150 people – adults and teens – who gathered at West Hartford Town Hall Monday night for "What's the Buzz? Choices and Consequences." The Town Hall meeting, sponsored by a consortium of local organizations, focused on the awareness and prevention of underage drinking. The event included a mini-expo, entertainment, viewing of a teen-produced video, and a panel discussion in response to questions raised by audience members." Read More 

Friday, April 20, 2012

Family Members of Enfield Suicide Victim to Appear on Nationally-Televised Talk Show

Enfield Patch (Enfield, CT) April 19, 2012

"The mother and sister of a Fermi High School student who killed herself last Halloween will be appearing Monday on a nationally-televised syndicated talk show.
Jackie LeRoy and her daughter Jacqueline are among the guests on The Steve Wilkos Show, on an episode dealing with bullying.
Meghan LeRoy, 17, took her own life on Oct. 31, 2011. A news release issued by Wilkos' publicist says her sister talks with tears in her eyes about her attempt to save Meghan after discovering her in a closet, blue in the face, with scarves tied around her neck." Read More

Alcohol Awareness Month Proclaimed in Hamden

Hamden Patch (Hamden, CT) April 19, 2012

"At the SoHa Spring Kid’s Festival held Wednesday at the Keefe Center, Town of Hamden’s Chief Administrative Officer, Curt Balzano Leng presented the Hamden Youth Services Bureau/Hamden Youth Advisory Council (HYAC) with a Proclamation declaring April as Alcohol Awareness Month in Hamden. The proclamation, presented on behalf of Mayor Scott Jackson, acknowledges HYAC’s recent efforts in promoting awareness to reduce underage drinking in Hamden through HYAC’s 'Positive Choices' Campaign.
The Positive Choices Campaign is an initiative of the Hamden Youth Advisory Council (HYAC) to prevent underage drinking in Hamden and to encourage youth to make 'Positive Choices' to live a lifestyle free from the influence of alcohol and drugs. HYAC is a collaboration of Hamden youth, parents, state and local agencies, and organizations whose mission is to foster opportunities for all Hamden youth and their families to learn and grow in positive ways." Read More

Survey: Drug and alcohol use on the decline among Wilton teens

Wilton Villager (Wilton, CT) April 19, 2012

"A recent survey among Wilton students, grade seven through 12, suggests drug and alcohol use is collectively on the decline in Wilton.
Trends in recent use of alcohol among 11th and 12th graders decreased from 59.5 percent in 2007 to 47.7 percent in 2011. Cigarette use dropped from around 22 percent in 2007 down to about 10 percent in 2011, among the same group of students.
Marijuana consumption also declined roughly 13 percent amongst 11th and 12th graders between 2007 and 2011. However, marijuana use among freshmen and sophomores slightly increased by 2 percent between 2007 and 2011." Read More 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Five Years In, Drug Awarenss and Education Remains 'Top Priority'

Southington Patch (Southington, CT) April 17, 2012

"When North Haven resident Barbara Hoffman was struggling with drug addiction in 2009, her family was worried she was nearing the end of her life. Scared and feeling hopeless, Barbara’s mother reached out to Southington resident Mary Marcuccio.
The support and information that the Hoffman family received through Marcuccio’s Southington-based organization Parents-4-A-Change helped Barbara Hoffman, a college student now about to celebrate her 21st birthday and working towards a degree as a drug abuse counselor, to turn her life around." Read More

Can a Game of Tag Help Combat Bullying?

Market Watch (Princeton, NJ) April 17, 2012

"Strengthening recess transforms the school climate, paving the way for less bullying and more focus on learning, says a new study from Mathematica Policy Research and Stanford University. The randomized control trial specifically looked at what happened when schools partnered with Playworks, a national nonprofit that is currently providing healthy recess and other playtime to schools in 23 cities nationwide.
Researchers found that investing in recess and organized play can prevent bullying, improve students' behavior at recess and readiness for class, and provide more time for teaching and learning. The study is one of the most rigorous scientific trials to find an effect on bullying in schools, and one of the first that evaluates a recess- and play-based program as a potentially promising school-based solution." Read More

MADD Highlights New Data Showing that a Quarter of Teen Drinkers Get Alcohol from a Parent or Family Member

Market Watch (Washington DC) April 17, 2012

"In advance of the second annual PowerTalk 21® day, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is highlighting data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) showing that 26 percent of all teen drinkers (ages 12-17) get their alcohol from a parent or family member. This, coupled with research showing that three out of four kids say their parents are the leading influence on their decisions about drinking, illustrates the important role of parents in the fight against underage drinking. MADD and National Presenting Sponsor Nationwide Insurance encourage families to connect on PowerTalk 21 day -- the national day on April 21st for parents to start talking with their kids about alcohol." Read More

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

CT Corporations Recognized For Commitment To Youth Mentoring

Hartford Courant (Rocky Hill, CT) April 9, 2012

"More than 130 Connecticut businesses were honored for their commitment to youth mentoring and named to The Governor's Prevention Partnership's Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll, during an award ceremony held at The Marriott in Rocky Hill.
The event, entitled 'Invest In The Future. Mentor A Child.' featured keynote speaker David Shapiro, CEO, MENTOR, the lead champion for youth mentoring in the United States. Shapiro addressed how state mentoring partnerships, like The Governor's Prevention Partnership, are critical to the success of MENTOR's efforts nationally, and applauded Connecticut business leaders for their outstanding support of youth mentoring." Read More

Children Face Drug Risks

Hartford Courant (Hartford, CT) April 11, 2012

"Protecting our children from drugs and alcohol seems like second nature, but too often these days, that's not the case. Parents today are busy people. So busy, they don't know that their teenagers are in danger of ruining their futures -- the very futures that their parents are working so hard to protect.
With daily use of marijuana at a 30-year peak and 22 percent of high school students reporting they've used marijuana in the past 30 days, continuing high rates of underage drinking and new threats like prescription drug abuse, Connecticut teens are at risk." Read More

'Bully' Documentary Inspires Discussion, Revives Painful Memories

Hartford Courant (Hartford, CT) April 13, 2012

"School bus mischief and adolescent teasing might seem normal.
Then there is the torment that 12-year-old Alex Libby, a mild-mannered seventh-grader in Sioux City, Iowa, suffered at the fists of his classmates on the daily ride to school during the 2009-10 school year.
Those raw images have come to movie screens in Connecticut.
'So many people think that bullying is 'boys will boys,'' said Elaine Zimmerman, executive director of the Connecticut Commission on Children. 'They think it's a natural part of learning aggression.'" Read More

Officials, Parents Continue Conversation on Underage Drinking

Canton Patch (Canton, CT) April 16, 2012

"Have a teenager who just won’t listen to you when you talk about the dangers of drinking and drugs?
You’re not alone and the situation isn’t easy but members of an underage drinking summit offered a few thoughts last week.
•If you can — find another adult that your kid can relate to, whether it is a friend, relative or coach.
•Take a tour of a correctional facility or juvenile hall to show where a wrong path can lead.
•Make sure there are consequences that affect something the teen cares about.
•Realize that it’s still worth driving the points because sometimes they listen more than you think." Read More

Friday, April 13, 2012

Key Business Leaders Inducted into Inaugural Corporate Mentoring Hall of Fame

Rocky Hill Patch (Rocky Hill, CT) April 9, 2012

"More than 130 Connecticut businesses were honored for their commitment to youth mentoring and named to The Governor’s Prevention Partnership’s Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll, during an award ceremony held in Rocky Hill yesterday.
The event, entitled 'Invest In The Future. Mentor A Child.' featured keynote speaker David Shapiro, CEO, MENTOR, the lead champion for youth mentoring in the United States. Shapiro addressed how state mentoring partnerships, like The Governor’s Prevention Partnership, are critical to the success of MENTOR’s efforts nationally, and applauded Connecticut business leaders for their outstanding support of youth mentoring.
'While government leaders know how to react to human crisis, sometimes prevention is overlooked,' said Shapiro. 'But by the work that is being done here to support young people with mentoring, it is clear that Connecticut gets it.'" Read More

Mentor Helps Stamford Kids Find a Future

The Daily Stamford (Stamford, CT) April 12, 2012

"Clif McFeely has figured out how to get high school students excited about the future.
'There are a lot of good kids out there that just need a little advice and guidance,' said the founder of Future 5 in Stamford. 'There’s an endless need for what we all in the mentoring world do.'
With those 'good kids' in mind, the New Canaan resident launched Future 5 in the spring of 2009 as an in-person and online mentoring system for low-income high schoolers. It is now a program of Domus, an organization helping children learn job skills, improve academic performance and develop critical thinking skills." Read More

Tips for Parents to Make Sure Teens are not Drinking, Having Parties

Watertown Patch (Watertown, CT) April 12, 2012

"Spring is an exciting time of year for many students, particularly high school students. With prom and graduation season in full swing, it is crucial that parents understand their personalliability when it comes to underage alcohol use. We know that the large majority of Watertown youth get their alcohol at a party with/without adult presence or from friends and older siblings.
On March 27, the Watertown Youth Coalition (WYC), a program of Wayside Multi-Service Center, in conjunction with the Watertown Police Department and Watertown Public Schools, collaborated to hold a social host liability informational session, 'What Every Parent Should Know About Social Host Liability.' The session sought to educate parents, youth, and community members about the social host law and the legal/social consequences of providing or serving alcohol to minors (those under the age of 21) or allowing drinking in their home." Read More

Wilton News Briefs: A Community Conversation, a new polling place and a former chief economic advisor to speak

Wilton Villager (Wilton, CT) April 12, 2012

"Parents, students and community members are invited to join the upcoming Community Conversation, entitled 'It's Time to Talk: Protecting our Youth from Substance Abuse,' which will occur on Wednesday, April 25, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Trackside Teen Center, located at 15 Station Road.
The conversation will begin with the results of recent surveys of Wilton youth and parents on underage drinking and other risky behaviors. This survey was a collaborative effort between the Wilton Task Force to Reduce Substance Abuse and Positive Directions. According to Colleen Fawcett, Task Force co-chair and Wilton Youth Services Coordinator, the survey shows 'there has been a reduction in underage drinking and substance use in some areas of our youth however we still have much work to do.'" Read More

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Summit to Look at 'Strategies to Reduce Underage Drinking'

Canton Patch (Canton, CT) April 11, 2012

"Local officials and advocates will once again tackle the issue of underage drinking this week — this time from the perspective of law enforcement.
The topic has been one that local officials have long addressed but the issue took on a greater sense of urgency after recent high-profile underage drinking incidents, including some on Super Bowl weekend that resulted in some arrests and hospitalizations.
On Thursday the summit on Strategies to Reduce Underage Drinking will be presented by the Community of Concern, local law enforcement and the McCall Foundation." Read More

Could This Anti-Bullying Program Work in Middlebury and Woodbury?

Woodbury-Middlebury Patch (Woodbury, CT) April 11, 2012

"My column last week about bullying touched more on sadness than hope. This week, it’s time to look for a brighter tomorrow.
I’m pinning that hope for tomorrow on a bunch of teenagers and eight year olds, crossing my fingers that they’ll become experts in being the kind, compassionate adults of the future — and spread that knowledge with others.
Those kids are gaining that expertise through a new program being piloted right here in the metropolitan area. For the last two years, the Westport school district has been integrating an empathy-based anti-bullying program called Kool To Be Kind (K2BK). And it’s based on one very elemental premise: that kids learn better from other kids." Read More

The Bridge Family Center celebrates Tune-In to Life week

West Hartford News (West Hartford, CT) April 11, 2012

"The Bridge Family Center celebrates Tune-In to Life for the 25th year this April 20-28 with a week of programs and events to promote fun, healthy drug-free activities for all ages.
Underage Drinking Discussion
Parents, teens, and the community all need to know more about the negative consequences associated with underage drinking. Come to town hall auditorium on April 23 from 6 to 8:30 p.m., for a mini-expo providing community resources, a video on binge/underage drinking, and a panel discussion with local teens and adult experts." Read More

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

3 Tips for Parents to Discuss Prom Safety with Teens

US News - Education, April 9, 2012

"Spring is in full swing, which means blooming flowers, baseball season, and for many teens—prom. It's easy for high school students to get swept up in the excitement of prom, especially if they're going the whole nine yards with dinner reservations, fancy outfits, corsages, and boutonni√®res.
But many parents of those teens are thinking about different elements of prom. From official reports to famous movies, prom is often associated with peer pressure to drink alcohol, do drugs, drive dangerously, and have sex.
While it may be unclear if these activities will be a part of your teen's prom night, simply talking with him or her ahead of time may play a crucial role in your teen's safety." Read More

Newtown High Sophomore Calls for Bullying Investigation

Newtown Patch (Newtown, CT) April 10, 2012

"A 15-year-old Newtown High School sophomore appeared before the Board of Education for a second time in five weeks to complain of an alleged culture of bullying on the boys’ basketball team and alleged retaliation by the coaching staff against those who report bullying incidents.
At the board’s April 3 meeting, Angel L. Santos III asked about the status of an investigation into his allegations, which he first reported at a special board meeting on February 28.
'Since our last meeting nothing has been resolved. I am here to ask you a series of questions which I would like to have answered in a timely manner,' Santos said to board members, Superintendent of Schools Janet Robinson, and Assistant Superintendent Linda A. Gejda." Read More

Saint Jude Retreats Announces Tip Sheet To Raise Awareness About Teen Alcohol and Drug Abuse

PR Web (Amsterdam, NY) April 10, 2012

"Saint Jude Retreats announces a new tip sheet to help build awareness of teen alcohol and drug abuse. This tip sheet will help parents or guardians of a teenager indentify a drug or alcohol problem through warning signs and behavior observation. For first time parents of teens who are experimenting with drugs this confrontation can be difficult and embarrassing for both sides. Learn how to deal with these issues in this tip sheet created by The Saint Jude Program, the original educated-based alternative to alcohol and drug rehab. Information in this article is extracted from The Saint Jude Program's website.
Teens Are Observers--Teenagers pick up on social habits almost naturally. Teen adolescents are observing family, reality stars on TV, reading facebook updates, and viewing photos of adults consuming alcohol or drugs. From watching adults use these substances, young adults begin to realize that these substances can provide satisfying results such as relaxation, stress relief and popularity. It is important for parents to distinguish between experimentation and problem usage." Read More

Friday, April 6, 2012

Students find ways to fight bullying

News Times (Danbury, CT) April 4, 2012

"Gwenyth Stuard, a Bethel Middle School seventh-grader, came up with a way to raise money for education about bullying so children and teachers learn how to stop it.
Down the road at Ridgefield High School, senior Chris Bedell self-published a book called "The Outsider" that he hopes provokes discussions about issues that face teenagers, including bullying.
His classmate, Sophie Needleman, started a website and campaign to stop cyber bullying at the school in response to a homophobic tweet." Read More

Webster Financial Corporation : Webster Banker Named to Hall of Fame of Mentors

4-Traders (Waterbury, CT) April 3, 2012

"Larry Selnick, director, treasury and payment solutions at Webster Bank, is being named to the Connecticut Mentoring Hall of Fame of the Connecticut Mentoring Partnership, an initiative of The Governor's Prevention Partnership.
The honor will be presented on Wednesday, April 4th at the 11th Annual Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll Breakfast. The event will take place at the Rocky Hill Marriott in Rocky Hill, Conn., beginning at 8:30 a.m.
This year, The Partnership launched its Hall of Fame to recognize outstanding individuals from corporations and businesses who have made a long-lasting impact on the State's mentoring community. This prestigious award was developed to honor those who have significantly increased the odds of young people being successful in school and in life." Read More

Middletown Mentoring Program Marks 20th Year

Hartford Courant (Middletown, CT) April 5, 2012

"The Middletown Mentor Program is in its 20th year, and volunteers said its ever-expanding reach has had an immeasurable impact on the community.
The concept is simple: the program matches up a volunteer with an elementary school student to spend an hour a week in school just being a positive presence in the child's life
'The kids have grown with a mentor,' said Harold Kaplan, the mentor program coordinator. 'Most of them stay in touch with their mentors for a long time. The mentor is a positive influence on their lives. They become a trusted friend.'" Read More

Social Media Can Help Prevent Substance Abuse

Rocky Hill Patch (Rocky Hill, CT) April 6, 2012

"When it comes to trying to curtail underage drinking and substance abuse, it can be effective to communicate with the audience in its own language and sometimes talk with your hands.
Facebooks messages and Twitter tweets enable organizations that strive to warn youngsters about the dangers of alcohol and drugs to reach a far greater audience of youngsters.
On Thursday morning, school and town officials from throughout the state met at the Rocky Hill Marriott to share tips and to discuss ways on preventing underage drinking and substance abuse by using popular social media platforms." Read More

Monday, April 2, 2012

Bullying takes center stage at Northeast

Stamford Advocate (Stamford, CT) March 30, 2012

"Eight local high school students spent their Friday morning on the stage at Northeast Elementary School, teaching young children a lesson about bullying, through dance and acting.
The dancers are members of Harmony Nation, an organization created by local dancer and choreographer Jimmy Locust, who earned national fame as a dancer for Paula Abdul and Michael and Janet Jackson. These days, Locust runs a Stamford dance studio, where he works with students to sharpen their dancing and acting skills.
While he spends much of his time in the studio mentoring students, Locust said Friday he feels most fulfilled when he and his dancers provide outreach to youth, specifically by helping kids understand how damaging bullying behaviors can be and how important it is to practice kindness in their daily lives." Read More

East Lyme students take drug survey

The Day (East Lyme, CT) April 1, 2012

"The Adolescent Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition is administering an anonymous, online survey on alcohol and drug use to students in grades 7 through 12.
High school students took the survey, developed by the Southeastern Regional Action Council, last week, coalition leader Sarah Butterfield said. Middle school students will take the survey this week.
Parents can opt out of their child taking the survey by contacting the child's principal in writing, Butterfield wrote in a letter to parents." Read More

Feds plan prescription drug summit in Norwalk

Washington Examiner (Norwalk, CT) April 1, 2012

"Federal authorities are planning to hold a summit aimed at fighting what they call the epidemic of prescription drug abuse.
The one-day conference is set for Thursday at Norwalk Community College and is sponsored by the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The goal of the training is to improve prescription drug interdiction and prosecutions by providing law enforcement, physicians, educators and community leaders with tools, skills and contacts." Read More

No Kidding, Kids Are Actually Listening to Their Parents When It Comes to Talking About Underage Drinking

MarketWatch (Washington, D.C.) April 2, 2012

"In recognition of Alcohol Awareness Month, The Century Council, the leading national not-for-profit funded by distillers dedicated to fighting drunk driving and underage drinking, released new survey results today which reveal that parents continue to be the leading influence on their kid's decisions to not drink alcohol. Additionally, the survey demonstrates when it comes to talking about underage drinking, kids are actually listening to their parents when they discuss this serious, important, and sometimes awkward topic.
According to the research, parental influence with regard to underage drinking has increased significantly over the past 10 years. Today, 83% of youth ages 10-18 years old, cite parents as the leading influence in their decision to not drink at all, or not to drink on occasion, which is up 28% proportionally from 2003. Parents rank significantly higher than friends/peers and teachers which tied for second as the leading influence on their decisions about drinking at 33%. Rounding out the top six influencers are; punishment (28%), brothers and sisters (24%) and law enforcement (23%)." Read More