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The Newton Partnership has a lot coming up this October 2012 for parents of teens and for just for teens. 

  1. Newton Youth Summit 10/11/12 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm
    Oak Hill Middle School, 130 Wheeler Rd., Newton Centre, MA  02459
    Mayor Warren is hosting a Youth Summit to help parents and the larger community understand the challenges facing our teens, to have teens authentically express their experiences, and to coalesce as a community to support teens.  200 adults and teens are expected to attend.  The evening will include hearing from the Mayor, from teens, small group discussion sessions, and an opportunity for all to express their opinion on the most pressing challenges and most significant opportunities for youth in Newton.  For more information and registration go to:  www.conta.cc/Qdg5yo or email youthsummit@newtonma.gov
  2. Aliens from Planet Teen 10/17/12 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm
    Bigelow Middle School, 42 Vernon Street, Newton Corner, MA  02458
    Author and psychologist Anthony Wolf will act as a “translator“ for parents and teenagers who at times seem to be speaking completely different languages. Dr. Wolf will help us consider how to most harmoniously work with typical teen behaviors in ways that strengthen relationships.  Learn how to decipher and respond to temperamental teens and tweens and why they behave as they do. This insightful lecture will leave parents with a better understanding of their children and will benefit the whole family.  Suggested donation $5 per person.
  3. Navigating the Rocky Road of Adolescence (for parents of students grades 6-8)
    4 Wednesdays: 10/23/12, 10/30/12, 11/6/12 and 11/13/12 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM
    The Freedman Center at MSPP, 1 Wells Ave., Newton 02459
    Join psychologist and facilitator Deborah Weinstock-Savoy and fellow parents for this four-session series exploring many changes that occur during adolescence, and how they affect relationships at home and school. Discuss relevant top­ics such as promoting healthy choices, setting realistic limits and appropriate consequences; understanding when and how to negotiate; dealing with changes and crises (e.g., divorce); identifying risk factors for anxiety and depression; handling experimentation with sex, alcohol, drugs, and learning to “let go” while maintaining family connections. Suggested donation $20 for the series. Financial assistance available. (Note: A group for parents of high school students will be starting Feb. 26, 2013. Registration will be available later this Fall.) For registration information, go to http://www.mspp.edu/community/freedman-center/adolescence.php
  4. Widening the Lens: Body Image in the Modern Media Culture (for teen participants only)
    Wednesday, 10.23.12 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm
    West Suburban YMCA, 276 Church St., Newton Corner
    This free workshop for teens will be presented by staff from the Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association. We will explore the messages embedded in today’s media-saturated world and encourage participants to use critical thinking skills when confronted with such images. The workshop explores how the media messages we see and hear every day can potentially impact body image and what we can do to maintain a positive body image and sense of self in the face of these messages. We will look at specific examples of media images and apply critical media literacy skills to them as well as discuss strategies for developing healthy habits and positive body image. Free to all Newton Teens!  For more information contact susan_linn@newton.k12.ma.us.