Tempe, AZ – The Tempe Coalition and the Tempe Union High School District will present a Town Hall for Parents to help them learn how to keep their children safe from drugs and alcohol and when using social media. This free public event will be held Monday, Sept. 12 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Corona del Sol High School auditorium, 1001 E. Knox Road.
The town hall, moderated by media personality and former TV news anchor Catherine Anaya, will have experts who can arm parents with information about social media and the problems facing their children regarding substance use.
• Katey McPherson, Executive Director of the Gurian Institute, which provides practical training for raising and educating boys and girls in the digital age, will explain how to manage your kids’ social media to minimize their risk.
• Stephanie Siete, Director of Community Education for Community Bridges, Inc., a provider of comprehensive, medically integrated behavioral health programs, will discuss use of drugs and alcohol by youths and how risky behaviors affect brain development.
• Dr. Norman Saba, a pediatrician will lend his expertise on social peer pressure and mental health surrounding social media.
• A local parent will share how social media played a part in their teen-age youth drug abuse.
Representatives from Drug Free Kids AZ, The Pathway Program, AZ Liquor Control Board, and other organizations will also be on hand to answer questions from the public. Attendees can also win door prizes including medication lock boxes, signed copies of the book Why Teens Fail, What to Fix, and books by the town hall’s speakers.
The Tempe Coalition mobilizes Tempe citizens to help youth reach their full potential by reducing underage drinking and drug use through community leadership, education and collaboration. The coalition is a partnership between the City of Tempe and Tempe Community Council, and is funded by a grant from the Drug Free Communities Support Program. To learn more about Tempe Coalition’s substance abuse initiatives visit www.tempecoalition.org or contact Dara_Gibson@tempe.gov.