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Frank Ferry: Surviving the teen years

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Posted: September 10, 2009 10:15 p.m.
Updated: September 11, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Every parent worries about the well-being of his/her children, as do grandparents and involved community members.

How do we guide young people to make good decisions? How do we prepare them to make the responsible choice when offered alcohol, drugs, sexual encounters, gang membership or Internet liaisons, or dealing with cheating, bullying and other alarming aspects of today's world?

How do we guarantee they won't drive drunk, try suicide or otherwise harm themselves or others? How do we help them make the right choices in life?

While the answers to these questions are never easy, help and guidance are readily found at the city's annual "Teen Scene Unplugged: Helping Parents and Kids Survive the Teenage Years" event.

The city of Santa Clarita and the Blue Ribbon Task Force will address these issues and more at the 9th annual Teen Scene Unplugged on Sept. 23.

Susie Vanderlip, nationally known speaker, author and expert on teen and family issues who engaged a room of more than 700 Santa Clarita parents and teens in 2004, will be back in Santa Clarita to share her expertise.

Through her unique, dramatic and thought-provoking presentation, Susie will give the audience insight into the pressures of being a teenager and share her expertise on family issues such as teen stress, social and academic demands, drugs, alcohol, gangs, sexuality and other teen issues.

Teens will learn new reasons and ways to resist drugs, alcohol and irresponsible choices by gaining awareness of the underlying issues and life stressors that lead to unproductive choices.

Adults will gain concrete solutions to help them understand, connect, and communicate with their teens about the strains kids face everyday.

This extraordinary program is sure to get parents and teens talking, and will help them learn to cope, make healthy and responsible choices, and survive the teenage years.

Susie is dynamic, engaging and gets the message across not only because she is an effective speaker but, more importantly, because she has a passion and genuine concern for our youth.

This is definitely a must-attend event for parents and their teens.

Teen Scene Unplugged is an annual event hosted by the city's Blue Ribbon Task Force, a motivated group of residents, business owners, parents, professionals, school, city and county representatives who meet regularly to address local issues related to teen drug, alcohol and tobacco use in our community.

This incredible group of volunteers has worked tirelessly over the years to protect teens from the ills of substance use and abuse.
As a parent, a high school principal and your mayor this year, I am continually impressed by this dedicated group of people and their commitment to our kids.

Free and open to the public, "Teen Scene Unplugged" takes place at the Hyatt Valencia Sept. 23. A Resource Fair from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., will precede Susie's presentation.

For more information, call Community Services at (661) 250-3708 or visit

Frank Ferry is mayor of Santa Clarita. His views reflect his own and not necessarily those of The Signal. "Live from City Hall" runs Fridays in The Signal and is provided by the city of Santa Clarita.


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