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Risky Business Panel:

A Chance for Parents and Teens to Talk on April 18th

Apr 6, 2017



For teens and parents alike, the start high school presents a myriad of new challenges. Sex, drugs, relationships, and alcohol, to name the big ones, are all difficult, but important, to talk about within families. On April 18th, a panel of speakers will be coming to Sonoma Academy to help start that conversation. 

The Risky Business Panel is intended to provide unbiased information for teens in grades 7 through 12 and their parents about Risky Businesses-- sex, substances, and relationships. With a panel of experienced educators, including renowned health educator Charis Denison, we will learn some basic facts and clear up some common misconceptions. We'll explore communication strategies, negotiation tools, and conversation starters for talking about these Risky Businesses within families. We'll provide information about resources available within the community to help both teens and their parents navigate the world of Risky Businesses, and end with a short Q and A section in which you can ask the speakers any remaining questions you may have. 

The Risky Business Panel is presented by the Junior Commission on the Status of Women. For those unfamiliar with the program, the Junior Commission is structured around project-based learning and advocacy. Commissioners break into Ad-Hoc groups to research specific issues facing women and girls today, and then create a community service-related project to address the needs they identify. Sonoma County native, MacKenzie Nekton, who has been on the Commission for four years, and her Ad-Hoc decided to tackle communication about risky businesses within families. In the past, MacKenzie’s Ad-Hoc projects have been on the topics of human trafficking, self-harm, and self-perception within girls.  

Check out the event Facebook page to RSVP and learn more!
Date: April 18th, 2017       Time: 6:30 to 8:30pm
Location: Fitzsimmons Blackbox Theater at Sonoma Academy, 2500 Famers Lane, Santa Rosa



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