2006-02-09 / News

Program to help youths and their families prepare for the teen years

All Lawn Avenue School students in grades 6 through 8 and their families are invited to participate in an innovative program brought to Jamestown by the Rhode Island Student Assistance Program, a division RIEAP Inc., and the Jamestown Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force.

The program will take place on seven consecutive Wednesdays at the Lawn school beginning on March 1. A free meal will be served at 5:30 p.m. each night and sessions will run from 6 to 8 p.m.

Childcare will be provided for younger children.

The program is intended to prepare kids for the teen years and strengthen family communication.

Parents and caregivers will have the opportunity to discuss understanding children in their early teens and their common concerns such as: making rules and consequences, how to problem solve with kids, and ways to show love and support.

Kids will learn to handle frustration, resist peer pressure, appreciate parents or caregivers, and get along with others. Families will have fun joining in activities and games, discussing what makes their family strong, and solving problems together.

Space is limited so register as soon as possible. For more information and to register, call Stephanie Wordell, student assistance counselor, at the Lawn Avenue School, 423-7010, or email her at rid24640@ride.ri.net.

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