Tuesday, January 29, 2013

TV Alcohol Ads Influence Underage Drinking

About.com, January 26, 2013

"Most parents are concerned about the influence that media has on their kids, from encouraging them to smoke and drink alcohol, to doing drugs or becoming violent. That's why many try to supervise and limit what they watch on TV, which movies they see, and what video games they play.
A new study that will be published in the February issue of Pediatrics, 'Exposure to Alcohol Advertisements and Teenage Alcohol-Related Problems,' shows why that concern is warranted." Read More

Men's Basketball Team Resumes Mentoring Program With Students At King-Robinson School

Southern Connecticut State University (New Haven, CT) January 28, 2013 

"The Southern Connecticut State University men's basketball team welcomed students from the King-Robinson School basketball team in New Haven last week in a kickoff event for the third year of an innovative between the schools.
The entire Owls team and coaching staff, along with members of the athletic administration, met with the King-Robinson students prior to its contest against St. Anselm. The King-Robinson students took part in a pizza party and then ventured inside Moore Field House to cheer on the Owls' in their game." Read More

Governor Malloy Proclaims January, Connecticut Mentoring Month

Hartford Courant (Hartford, CT) January 25, 2013

"As a third grader, Ray had trouble with school and maintaining self-control in class. He joined the Plainville School Based Mentoring Program and met his mentor, Maryann. Ray and Maryann met once a week doing things like working on homework or talking about their day. Through those meetings, Ray was able to improve his grades and behavior in class. Now a high school graduate, Ray laughs when remembering his third grade self. He's grateful that Maryann took the time each week to give him the guidance he needed to become a successful young man.
National Mentoring Month is an annual campaign to recruit mentors and celebrate mentoring and the evidence-based, positive effect it can have on young lives. The goal of The Governor's Prevention Partnership, on behalf of 150 mentoring programs throughout the state, is to recruit more mentors to serve children, like Ray, who could benefit from extra support in their schools and communities." Read More

Friday, January 25, 2013

'Cool' Kids in Middle School Bully More, Psychologists Report

Science Daily, January 24, 2013

"Bullying, whether it's physical aggression or spreading rumors, boosts the social status and popularity of middle school students, according to a new UCLA psychology study that has implications for programs aimed at combatting school bullying. In addition, students already considered popular engage in these forms of bullying, the researchers found.
The psychologists studied 1,895 ethnically diverse students from 99 classes at 11 Los Angeles middle schools. They conducted surveys at three points: during the spring of seventh grade, the fall of eighth grade and the spring of eighth grade. Each time, students were asked to name the students who were considered the "coolest," the students who 'start fights or push other kids around' and the ones who 'spread nasty rumors about other kids.'" Read More

Male mentoring program debuts in Middletown

Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) January 23, 2013 

"Youth considered 'at-risk' all too often wind up in a state Department of Youth and Families program after engaging in risky behavior. Mentors involved in There is Hope want to head off those problems and behaviors before the child lands at DCF.
'We want to catch them before they are in the system. We want to catch them before they start,' said Tawana Bourne of There is Hope, a program that held the first of its monthly sessions Wednesday at the KO Fitness Club in the Remington Rand building on Johnson Street.
There is Hope met with about 10 kids who came out for the program. Most of the kids were with their mothers." Read More

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Mental health approach to teenage alcohol prevention is successful, finds new study

EurekAlert.com, January 23, 2013

"Targeted psychological interventions aimed at teenagers at risk of emotional and behavioural problems significantly reduce their drinking behaviour, and that of their schoolmates, according to the results from a large randomised controlled trial published today in JAMA Psychiatry. The authors argue that the intervention could be administered in schools throughout the UK to help prevent teenage alcohol abuse. \
The 'Adventure Trial' is led by Dr Patricia Conrod, King's College London's Institute of Psychiatry, in collaboration with the University of Montreal and Sainte-Justine University Hospital Center (Canada) and was commissioned by Action on Addiction." Read More

Southington targets fad drugs

Record Journal (Southington, CT) January 23, 2013

"Keeping up with emerging trends in drug and alcohol use can be a challenge for parents.
Rachel Bruno, senior program coordinator at the Governor’s Prevention Partnership, said educating parents, school officials and the community about the newest craze with teenage drug use can help prevention efforts. 'We stay on the cutting edge on what teens are using and making parents aware that there are crazy products on the market,' Bruno said." Read More

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

West Haven students push anti-bullying effort for MTV show

New Haven Register (West Haven, CT) January 22, 2013

"A woman with a video camera follows Shauna Edery and Morgan Hotchkiss into the Elm Diner as they ask to paint blue nail polish on curious employees’ pinkies.
No, the pair of West Haven High School seniors isn’t following through on a dare and didn’t lose a bet. It’s just an average day for them, now that MTV is filming the students for a series of short shows that will air online next month.
The 'webisodes' will document the students’ experiences in promoting an anti-bullying movement at school and in West Haven, whether they’re planning a pep rally for peers, or painting other people’s pinky nails blue as a visual reminder to fight bullying or gossip." Read More

Mentor/Mentee Pair to Open 2013 National Mentoring Summit Next Week; Pair Also Featured in National

MENTOR.org, January 17, 2013

"Young Chad and his mentor David met more than two years ago through Concerned Black Men National. The story of their mentoring relationship is featured in this year's National Mentoring Month television spots, and next week, they will kick off the third annual National Mentoring Summit in Washington, D.C.
More than 650 representatives from youth-serving organizations, along with government, civic, research, philanthropic and corporate sectors, will be in the audience as Chad and David welcome them for the event January 24 and 25." Read More

MADD CT Partners With Sergio's Pizza On Importance Of Talking To Teens About Alcohol

Hartford Courant (Hamden, CT) January 22, 2013

"MADD's Power of Parents, It's your influence community-based program equips parents with life-saving conversation tools about alcohol. Did you know?
One in three 8th graders drinks alcohol.
One in five teens binge drinks. Only one in 100 parents believe his or her child binge drinks. Teen alcohol use kills about 6,000 people each year, more than all illegal drugs combined." Read More

Monday, January 21, 2013

From bullying to relationships: Mapping our online communications

Phys.org, January 20, 2013

"When we typically think of kids who are the victims of school bullying, what comes to mind are isolated youth who do not fit in. A new study, however, shows that when that harassment occurs online, the victims tend to be in mainstream social groups at the school – and they are often friends or former friends, not strangers.
The research is part of a burgeoning field of study into the effects of social media on everyday relationships and behavior. Personality and social psychologists are finding surprising ways in which people's online environments and relationships reflect and influence their real-world ones, as presented today at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) annual meeting today in New Orleans."  Read More

Excellence in Mentoring in America Awards To Be Presented at the Library of Congress

MENTOR, January 16, 2013

"MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership's board of directors members proudly announce the 2013 Excellence in Mentoring in America awards. These awards are given to political leaders, corporations and individuals who have moved the needle on expanding quality youth mentoring in America. The awards will be presented to the recipients at a special reception and dinner at the Library of Congress Wednesday, January 23, as a kickoff event for the third annual National Mentoring Summit.
Another highlight of the evening will include special remarks from Vartan Gregorian, president of the Carnegie Corporation and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom." Read More

Friday, January 18, 2013

Big Brothers Big Sisters to Mark National Mentoring Month with Nation's First Forum on Mentoring to Prevent Juvenile Delinquency

PR Newswire (Washington D.C.) January 16, 2013

"Nearly 200 youth services providers, philanthropists, policy makers, educators and juvenile justice professionals will gather in Washington D.C. to learn from experts, practitioners, researchers, mentors and mentees how mentoring is helping children who have been incarcerated, are in foster care, or are truant and chronically absent.
Mentoring Partners in Action: Successful Children & Safer Communities, hosted by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America to mark National Mentoring Month, will take place from 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Wednesday, January 23, at the Marriot Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C. Hosts include former Little Brother and two-time Super Bowl champion Darin Smith , MBA, and Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler, whose father was incarcerated when she was a teen." Read More

The Ridgefield Playhouse takes on bullying & drug abuse with comedian ANT

Ridgefield's Hamlethub (Ridgefield, CT) January 17, 2013

"ANT, the comedian who won Last Comic Standing, will take the audience on a journey through his life of self-doubt, internalized homophobia, depression and chemical dependency, as he tells his story of being bullied at school for being different -- gay, of immigrant parents eating funny lunches -- leading him into a dark place. After turning his depression into humor, the happy ending story is what 'Bullied, Bashed but Not Broken' on Friday, February 8, at 7:30 p.m. is all about. His message delivered thru humor is something everyone can relate to. As part of the Reliance Merchant Services 'Get Real' Series for Families & Teens and The Ridgefield Prevention Council’s Family University Series and Clark Construction Comedy Series,
comedian ANT will also perform a daytime middle school show on Thursday, February 7, at 10:30 a.m." Read More

How To Support Madison Mentoring Programs During Connecticut Mentoring Month

Madison Patch (Madison, CT) January 17, 2013

"January is Connecticut Mentoring Month and there are two programs locally that people can get involved with if they want to help youth in need of mentoring. According to the Prevention Works CT website, the two programs are:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Connecticut,
Madison Madison Youth Services, Mentoring Matters" Read More

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Youth mentoring linked to many positive effects, study shows

Medical Xpress, January 15, 2013

"The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada (BBBSC) are releasing the first results of one of the largest mentoring studies ever conducted.
The five-year study, which tracks the experiences of almost 1,000 children and teenagers registered with Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies across Canada, found that those with a mentor are significantly more confident in their academic abilities and considerably less likely to display behavioural problems.
One stand out finding is that girls in the study with a Big Sister were four times less likely to bully, fight, lie or express anger than girls without a mentor."  Read More

Residents Asked to Complete Survey on Underage Drinking and Substance Abuse

West Hartford Patch (West Hartford, CT) January 15, 2013

"West Hartford residents are being asked to complete a simple survey regarding their opinions about underage drinking and substance abuse prior to an upcoming Town Hall Meeting.
The West Hartford Substance Abuse Prevention Commission, Town of West Hartford Department of Human and Leisure Services, West Hartford Community of Concern, Capital Area Substance Abuse Council and the Institute for Community Research are hosting a Town Hall Meeting to help prevent teen underage drinking and prescription drug abuse on April 8, 2013." Read More

Governor Malloy Proclaims January, Connecticut Mentoring Month

West Hartford Patch (West Hartford, CT) January 15, 2013

"When Ray was a third grader in Plainville, he had trouble with school and difficulty maintaining self-control in class. That year he joined the Plainville School Based Mentoring Program, were he met his mentor, Maryann, who stayed with him until he graduated high school. Ray and Maryann met once a week, doing things like having lunch, working on homework, or simply enjoying each other’s company and talking. Through those weekly meetings and Maryann’s support, Ray was able to improve his school performance and behavior in his classes. Now, Ray laughs when he remembers his third grade self. He is grateful that Maryann took the time each week to show up, spend time with him, and to give him the guidance he needed to become a successful young man.
January is National Mentoring Month and the goal of the Governor’s Prevention Partnership, on behalf of 150 mentoring programs throughout the state, is to recruit more mentors to serve children like Ray who could benefit from extra support in schools and communities throughout the state." Read More

Monday, January 14, 2013

Bullying Harms Kids With Autism, Parents Say

HealthDay News, January 11, 2013

"Nearly 70 percent of children with autism suffer emotional trauma as a result of bullying, according to a new study.
The study also found that many children with autism fear for their safety at school and that those with autism and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or depression had the highest risk of being bullied.
Autism is a developmental disorder characterized by social, communication and behavioral difficulties." Read More

It Takes A Village to Curb Teenage Alcohol Use

Psych Central, January 13, 2013

"Living in a caring community may help curb teenage alcohol use, according to new research.
For the study, researchers at Penn State evaluated how seven categories of risk and protective factors can predict teen alcohol use.
Risk factors included antisocial attitudes, antisocial behaviors, association with antisocial peers, and family risk. Protective factors were positive community experiences, positive school experiences and family strengths." Read More

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Social media influence on binge drinking

UNO Gateway, January 8, 2013

"New Year’s Eve, while synonymous with optimistic new beginnings and resolutions, is equally known for its promotion of all things bubbly and alcoholic. For Mason Sumnicht, a 21-year-old senior and fraternity pledge at Sigma Pi at Chico State University in California, he didn’t get the chance to watch the ball drop into 2013 because he had imbibed one too many drinks this November. He died after attempting to down 21 shots for his 21st birthday.
Binge drinking is defined by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism as a pattern of drinking that brings a person’s blood alcohol concentration to 0.08 percent or above. It has become a sport for many college students, testing their limits and risking their lives by trying to consume as much alcohol as in little time as possible." Read More

CDC: 1 in 5 high school girls binge drink

CNN, January 8, 2013

"Millions of high school-aged girls and women binge drink, behavior that can have disastrous results including long-term health effects, the CDC warns in a report released Tuesday.
For females, binge drinking means consuming four or more drinks in one sitting. For males, it's five or more drinks.
Previous reports have focused on higher rates of binge drinking among males, but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in its report, aims to raise awareness of binge drinking among women as a serious problem that's held steady for more than a decade." Read More

Monday, January 7, 2013

'Teen Shaming' Is Latest Online Bullying Trend

ABC News, January 7, 2013

"What parents need to know about the new way teens are taunting peers on social media." Watch Story Here

Teaching Social Skills to Prevent Bullying in Young Children

Stopbullying.gov, January 3, 2013

"Bullying among young children is not uncommon. When young children–who often differ in physical size, skill level, and family experience–get together, patterns of hurtful behavior often emerge.
Children may be mean to each other by making mean faces, saying threatening things, grabbing objects, pushing others aside, or refusing to play with others. Some young children may engage in actual bullying behaviors by deliberately and repeatedly dominating a vulnerable child by name-calling, physical attacks, and excluding others from playing with them." Read More

"Weed Candy" dubbed newest street drug

News 10 WTSP (Tampa, FL) January 4, 2013

"Marijuana is a hot topic in this country. At least 18 states have legalized pot in some form, but there's always someone out there willing to take advantage, and the newest street treat is actually an old fashioned recipe - candy made out of pot.
'Well there's different forms of it. There's hard candy and taffy and gums, and it comes in all different colors and flavors,' says Cristal Bermudez -Nuñez, spokesperson for Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
'Weed candy', as its called on the street, has been popping up in cities like Los Angeles, New York and Philly." Read More

Friday, January 4, 2013

January Is National Mentoring Month: Expert tells employers how to get involved

HR.BLR.com, January 3, 2012

"January 2013 is National Mentoring Month. Does your organization provide employee-mentors for your community? Have you ever considered an external mentoring program for youth?
Dr. Susan Weinberger, an expert on internal and external business mentoring has provided a host of resources on HR.BLR.com for any employer interested in setting up a mentoring program." Read More

Bullying Can Make Teens Susceptible to Eating Disorders

Technorati, January 2, 2013

"There are many possible reasons that some young people develop eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia. Often teens, and young adults, put a lot of pressure on themselves to look a certain way. Others might develop these illnesses as a result of pressure exerted from outside sources, such as their peers.
According to a new study from the eating disorder charity, Beat, bullying is becoming an increasingly significant cause of eating disorders among young people. During National Anti-Bullying Week (which took place from November 19th to 23rd), the organisation conducted a survey which found that 78 percent of sufferers acknowledge that being bullied had led to their eating disorders." Read More

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Gals Down Alcohol Faster Than Guys

Live Science, December 31, 2012 

"Who's partying the hardest this New Year's? In some places, it may be the ladies.
Male university students in Spain down more booze overall than their female counterparts, but in drinks-per-hour, the ladies are out-quaffing the guys, new research finds.
The study researchers, who interviewed 985 students at the University of Vigo in Spain, also found that women were more sedentary than men, and surprisingly high proportions of both sexes used illegal drugs." Read More

Yale researcher joins Lady Gaga's campaign

New Haven Register (New Haven, CT) December 30, 2012

"Lady Gaga has hooked up with a Yale University psychologist to promote tolerance and put an end to bullying.
Marc Brackett, a research scientist and deputy director of Yale’s Health, Emotion and Behavior Laboratory, is one of seven scholars named to the advisory board of the Born This Way Foundation, which was co-founded by Lady Gaga and her mother.
'I’ve only worked with her on the telephone so far,' Brackett said of the pop superstar. 'My main job is to help promote the tenets of the foundation, but I do get to go to some concerts. I’m going to Boston, Connecticut and New York.'" Read More

Presidential Proclamation -- National Mentoring Month, 2013

The White House, December 31, 2012

"Our American family is bound together by caring individuals who make it their mission to serve others. During National Mentoring Month, we pay special tribute to the men and women who enrich the lives of our young people and fortify the unbreakable bonds between one generation and the next.
Mentors know that helping a child unlock their full potential begins with care, guidance, and support -- which is why my Administration is proud to celebrate mentorship nationwide through programs that help young people see the strength within themselves. We created the Corporate Mentoring Challenge, which encourages businesses across our country to open or expand mentoring programs that equip our youth with the tools to achieve. We have connected young men and women in the Washington, D.C., area with mentors at the White House, and we have partnered with groups across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to build pathways to summer job opportunities for low-income and disconnected youth. And since 2010, we have worked to build strong connections between children and responsible adults through our Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative." Read More