As many of you know, there is a new community coalition dedicated to preventing underage drinking and drug use for our youth. The coalition is called Stand Strong. We are hosting our first event next Tuesday, September 30th at Stevenson High School from 7:00-9:00 pm. The event is located in the Performing Arts Center (Parking Lot B) and is free and open to parents from all districts!
The event will feature a panel of experts talking about what our kids are exposed to in terms of drugs and alcohol and what we, as parents, can do about it. The experts on the panel include:
Bruce Johnson, CEO Nicasa
Dr. Laura Parise, Specializes in Addiction Psychiatry at NorthShore University Healthsystem
Maura Mooney, L.S.W, C.A.D.C., NorthShore University Healthsystem
Claudia Kasten, Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney,
Officer Tom Branick from SHS and the Lincolnshire Police Department
Cristina Cortesi, Substance Abuse Counselor at SHS
Troy Gobble, Principal of SHS
Chelsea Laliberte, Live4Lali, SHS grad and the sister of a boy who passed away from a heroin overdose.
Chief George Filenko, Round Lake Park Police Department, Lake County Major Crime Task Force
Mike Ledvora, in recovery from opioid addiction/Co-founder of The Other Side sober nightclub
Sarah Comm, recent high school graduate in recovery, and her mother
Stuart and Laurie Kessler, parents of a recovering child
Director Chris Sullivan, Lake County Metropolitan Enforcement Group, providing drug sample exhibition.
The more I study and learn in this area, the stronger I feel as a parent to (try) to keep my kids free from drugs and alcohol. I believe it isn’t a “for sure” that our kids will experiment with drugs and alcohol in high school (50% of seniors do NOT drink). I believe that I can TRY to keep them making good decisions. I also believe that as parents we give each other power if we are informed. SO, won’t you join me next Tuesday to learn more from this impressive group of experts?
Registration is not required, but is suggested. To register, go to http://notmykid.eventbrite.com.