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Town Hall Meeting March 30 on Adolescent Brain Development and Teen Behaviors

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Town Hall Meeting March 30 on Adolescent Brain Development and Teen Behaviors

Thursday, March 25, 2010
On Tuesday, March 30 the Community Coalition for Healthy Youth in Tompkins County will partner with the Groton Central School District and the Groton Youth Commission to host a town hall meeting on Adolescent Brain Development, the ways in which it affects teen behaviors and the effects of underage drinking on the brain and behavior.

The presentation, which begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Groton High School Cafeteria, will feature Kimberly McRae Friedman from the Seven Valleys Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse in Cortland and will include practical suggestions for parents and others who care about the healthy development of young people. There will be light refreshments, time for questions, and resources for parents and caregivers.

When the Coalition partnered with Tompkins County schools to survey students in grades 6-12, they saw some dramatic trends. Students whose parents monitor their activities, encourage them, and send clear and consistent messages disapproving of alcohol and drug use are significantly less likely to drink and use drugs than their peers who are unsupervised and are raised in homes that condone underage drinking and drug use. A Summary of Survey Highlights can be found on the Coalition"s website www.healthyyouth.org.

In Groton, the school and community are teaming up to help parents and others who care about youth understand how adolescent brains develop and to learn practical ways to guide healthy development. The Community Coalition for Healthy Youth is committed to preventing substance abuse and violence among youth in Tompkins County.

This event is one of a series co-sponsored by the Coalition to raise awareness of underage drinking and drug use among local youth as part of a nationwide campaign in collaboration with the Federal Government's Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking.

For more information about this event, contact Groton School Superintendent Brenda Myers at bmyers@groton.cnyric.org or 898-5301.

For information about the Community Coalition for Healthy Youth, contact Nancy Zahler, Director at nzahler@tompkins-co.org or 607-274-5310.