March 27, 2007
Posted by Pat Giuliani at 4:32 PM
April is Alcohol Awareness Month
Local estimates of Cobb youth ages 12-20 who used alcohol in the past 30 days:
21,042 youth reported drinking
5 percent were 12-13 year olds
18 percent were 14-15 year olds
32 percent were 16-17 year olds
52 percent were 18-20 year olds
Alcohol is the most commonly used drug among our young people. Youth use alcohol 10 times more than all illegal drugs combined. Alcohol is the leading contributor to the top three leading causes of death among young people. Underage drinking is reported in nearly half of all teen automobile crashes and 50 to 65 percent of youth suicides. As many as two thirds of all sexual assaults and date rape are linked to alcohol use. Alcohol is also a contributing factor in unprotected sex among young people, exposing them to unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases including HIV/AIDS.
Research indicates that most underage drinking takes place in private settings such as home parties. Private parties often provide a means to introduce younger youth (ages 14-16) to alcohol by older youth (ages 17-19). One in 12 parents of teens said they allowed the friends of their own teens to drink in their home under their supervision.
Communities large and small have begun to address the problem of social hosting through dialogue and local policy making. Currently, hosts who allow underage drinking on their property as well as supply the alcohol consumed or possessed by the minors may be in violation of two distinct laws; furnishing alcohol to a minor and allowing underage drinking to occur on property they control.
Because of all the negative consequences of underage drinking – coupled with the fact that, on average, young people first use alcohol at 13.1 years of age – youth access to alcohol must be addressed pro-actively. To advocate for all the children please check out the two websites below and start talking to other adults in your neighborhood about ways to stop underage drinking.
Underage Drinking is not a rite of passage it is against the law.
www.stopalcoholabuse.gov and www.cudtf.org
Posted by Pat Giuliani at 4:15 PM
February 9, 2007
Posted by Pat Giuliani at 12:24 PM
January 25, 2007
As the new school semester begins it is time to check in with your teens to see how things are going. If they are already having trouble in class then it is time to seek help. Find out if free tutoring is offered through the school. Maybe National Honor Society students can assist with tutoring and at the same time they will earn community service hours. Don't let your child get too far behind because they will never catch up with the rest of the class. It is better to be proactive now because you could find yourself driving them to summer school if you wait too long.
Posted by Pat Giuliani at 4:43 PM
January 9, 2007
15+ Take Time to Listen...Time To Talk
SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration) is rolling out a new campaign for all parents. It is called the 15+ Make Time to Listen...Take Time to Talk campaign. This campaign is based on the premise that parents who talk with their children about what is happening in their lives on a daily basis are better equipped to guide their children towards more positvie, skill-enhancing activities and friendships. It is critical that parents do all they can to sustain good relationships with their children. Communication is a great starting place. Don't assume your child is getting the correct information from their friends, teachers or faith base groups. They should be getting the correct information from you the parent. If you are making New Year's Resolutions, then talking to your children daily should be at the top of your list and one that you will not break during the years to come. Start today before it is too late so you don't miss out on teachable moments with your children.
Posted by Pat Giuliani at 7:27 PM
January 6, 2007
January Newsletter Happy New Year
Posted by Pat Giuliani at 9:52 AM
December 4, 2006
WIth the holidays approaching we need to make sure we are spending quality time with our teens. They are under stress from finals and we need to be listening out for any plans they might be working up to celebrate finals being over. If they are invited to a holidya party then make sure you contact the parents to verify they will be home, no alcohol will be served and the number of teens attending the party. By you checking in with the parents this will let them know you expect supervision during the party and will not have to worry about getting a call from the police that you need to come bail your child out of jail. Take time to enjoy the holidays and be a positive role model for your teen by getting involved in communtiy service events over the holidays.
Posted by Pat Giuliani at 5:02 PM
November 20, 2006
Newsletter for November
Happy Thanksgiving. Hope you have an enjoyable holiday.
Posted by Pat Giuliani at 4:55 PM
October 5, 2006
I hope you enjoy reading the information inside this newsletter. We held a very successfull Homecoming dance for our student body last Friday in the school gym. We are planning a Senior Breakfast on, October 18th to help celebrate the begining or completetion of college application and ordering caps and gowns. During October we will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week from October 23-27 and we have scheduled a parental program on Tuesday, October 24th entitled Drug ID night. We will be hosting a teen program on Wednesday, October 25th dealing with Caught "Red" Handed. We will have three speakers talking the teens about consequences of being caught using their cell phones, skipping class, cheating on test, attending a party where alcohol or drugs are, purchasing tobacco, alcohol or illicit drugs and many more topics. We will be providing parents opportunities to write positive drug free messages to their teens through our Red Ribbon Candy grams during the next two weeks. Thanks to all of you who are current active members of Parent Corps and encourage your friends to get on board also. There is no membership fee, monthly meetings or committee officers. Just parents networking together to make sure we help keep our school, community and homes DRUG FREE!!!!
Posted by Pat Giuliani at 3:56 PM
September 5, 2006
Open up and read this August newsletter which was sent out to our Parent Corps Membership. If you are interested in receiving this newsletter please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add you to my email list. All parents need help to raise their children and help keep them safe, healthy and drug free. Remember that all children are one choice away from making a bad choice so you need to teamwork with parents in your community to help make sure that choice does not happen.
Posted by Pat Giuliani at 12:43 PM