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CPY Newsletter                                                     December 2015 
Happy Holidays
Wishing all our coalition partners a safe and happy holiday season!
Thank you for your work and commitment in helping to create a
drug free community and healthy future for Placer young people.
                                                            Coalition for Placer Youth Leadership Team
Holiday Season With Teens
The Holiday Season is here - a time filled with cheer. 
But for many the holidays are also a stressful time punctuated with hectic schedules, financial worries, expectations, and often grief and sadness.   Often there is the added excitement and anticipation around college students coming home on break, or out of town visitors.
  
Like adults, teens also feel the stress of the holiday season:  end of semester crunch, being pulled between family and friends, splitting time between two house holds, expectations to live up to an "ideal" family time, loss of the childhood excitement and "magic" they once felt. 
  
Parents can model ways to reduce stress for their teens by: getting exercise, allowing for down time, setting priorities and not over-scheduling, agreeing on a calendar that allows time for family as well as peers, breaking down and dividing up chores.
  
The focus on "cheerfulness" and "togetherness" during the holidays can emphasize a sense of loss and sadness especially if the family has experienced a recent death, illness, or divorce. Acknowledging and helping teens talk about their feelings is vital. 
  
Family holiday traditions also help ease everyone's stress as they provide a sense of stability, security, and create family memories.  All are important for adolescents because they are going through a highly insecure stage and need the security of the family unit. 
 
Traditions are something everyone can count on and look forward to.  No need to be elaborate - simply sharing a favorite meal, or activity (watching a movie, playing a game, caroling) .   A s families change and grow, so do their Holiday celebrations. Teens want to spend more time with their peers or have outgrown some of the family rituals.
 
Involve your teens in planning, adapting or even helping create new traditions.  This year, why not start a new tradition that reinforces the spirit of "giving"?
  • Bake cookies and distribute them to neighbors or a senior residence
  • Help fill food baskets or serve a meal at a community kitchen
  • Have your teen invite friends over and make ginger bread houses with neighborhood kids
  • Write a heartfelt letter for each family member appreciating their personal strengths and qualities or a special memory
  • Create a family  "memory" letter together highlighting events of the year; make a family memory book collecting the letters each year
Regardless of family background, beliefs or stage of life, Family Traditions are important as they promote quality family time and lasting memories.

Teen Driver Safety
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens. Per mile driven, teen drivers are nearly three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash.   Drunk, drugged, and distracted driving combined with inexperience put teens at high risk.   The holidays are an especially risky time for all drivers and even more for inexperienced teen drivers out to have fun with their friends. 
 
Here are the facts:
  • Six teens ages 16 to 19 die every day from motor vehicle injuries.
  • One in 10 teens in high school drinks and drives.
  • One in 8 high school seniors admit to driving under the influence of marijuana.
The number of drivers smoking pot and driving is increasing. The rate of drivers who died in accidents with marijuana in their system tripled in 2010. Many drivers are not aware of the negative effect marijuana has on a person's critical driving skills.  Studies are showing that marijuana:  reduces motor coordination,  slows reaction time, and impairs decision-making, peripheral vision and concentration.
  
This is a call to parents and adults to educate young drivers about the risks and help keep them safe this Holiday Season.   Remind them of the risks, laws and safe driving rules.   For more information - 
  
Take the next step and download the  Parent-Teen Driving Agreement

Teens/Parents Learn About

Stress and Communication

Parents and youth learned important facts about teen stress and its impact on health as well as strategies to improve communication in two CPY sponsored workshops this past month.  Adults and teens participated in either one of two workshops; one in Spanish on 11/12 at Glen Edwards Middle School in Lincoln and one in English on 11/19 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Rocklin.
  
Sergeant Trent Jewell of the Rocklin Police Department introduced the Rocklin event.  Christina Ivazes, Director of CPY provided an in-depth description of stress, causes, symptoms, and coping skills.  Theresa Thickens from the Placer County Mental Health Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board facilitated an activity where participants practiced listening and communication skills.

Both youth and adults confirmed that school/grades was the greatest source of stress for teens. Parents said acceptance, social relationships (dating/friends), responsibilities/expectations (home, school, sports) and their future were areas that caused stress for teens.
  
Participants said they found the workshop helpful and learned new information.  Teens said they planned to make changes in the future to better deal with the stress in their lives including sleeping more, eating less sugar and communicating about their feelings.  Parents recognized their role in helping their teens get more sleep, improve nutrition, exercise, reduce technology and work on communication.
  
Some parents expressed the desire for more workshops on the following: helping teens respond better to their world, helping teens make better decisions, how to respond to bullying in addition to more on building communication skills.
  
CPY Director/Coordinator Christina Ivazes reflected on the numerous responses received from schools, counselors and parents around the region before the workshops .  "This response indicates the need for increasing stress management curriculum and counseling resources both at the school and agency level to offer more preventive tools and support for both students and parents. This can help to address teen stress before substance use becomes a problem. Managing daily stress is a universal experience and there shouldn't be any stigma about reaching out to increase mental and physical health and wellness." 

Local Concern Over Marijuana
In a recent survey, Rocklin parents and community members said they are increasingly concerned about marijuana use.  Over half (53%) said they thought marijuana use among 12-17 year olds is a "significant problem".   This is an 83% increase compared with a 2013 survey when only 29% said marijuana was a significant problem. 
  • 57% agreed that marijuana is a growing problem in their community; only 12% disagreed (31% didn't know). 
  • 95% said marijuana is harmful to teens, and 97% said they would disapprove if their child/teen used marijuana. 
  • 77% identified parent education, support, and networking with other parents as important measures to help teens stay substance free. 
  • 70% agreed that there is a need to reduce stigma and denial in order that teens and families get the help they need to prevent and combat addiction. 
  • 83% said parents have the greatest influence on the decisions their children make with regard to substance use; and 85% said they had taken the pledge to not serve alcohol to teens. 
The message is clear.  Rocklin parents and community members are concerned about teen substance use and increasingly concerned about marijuana.  They recognize the important role they play in influencing the decisions their teens make regarding substance use. 
  
Local efforts like the Social Host Ordinance, Take Back Events, and parent/teen workshops are helping to make an impact.  The Coalition for Placer Youth provides a forum for parents, community members and youth to come together and find solutions. 
  
Get involved.  Look on the CPY website , FACEBOOK or TWITTER for helpful information, resources, and events.  Contact Christina Ivazes  at (530) 886-5409 or   civazes@placer.ca.gov 
Youth Organizing for Change
The 2015-16 Placer County Youth Commissioners (PCYC) are geared up and ready to embark on another year of organizing for positive change in their community.
 
The Commissioners are an amazing group of young people representing all five Supervisorial districts and eleven different high schools in Placer County. They act as youth advisors to the Placer County Board of Supervisors lending a youth perspective to local issues and concerns.
 
These youth leaders have effectively supported the passage of the Rocklin and Roseville Social Host Ordinances, assisted with Prescription Take Back Events, led town hall meetings to address mental health stigma, created the Youth Impact scholarship awards for youth service and engagement in the community, promoted youth voice through media, and served as positive role models.
 
They have recently been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Office of Traffic Safety with the goal of reducing underage drinking.
 
We are so fortunate to benefit from the hard work and enthusiasm the Youth Commissioners provide paving the way for change in their communities.

Get Involved - Join CALY
Please visit the new CALY Facebook page and click the LIKE button. We hope you find this page helpful with important information and resources to prevent youth substance use and abuse.  Learn how you can become involved with CALY's efforts.
 
Please join us on a quick adventure to promote our CALY community page.   Ask 10 to Ask 10 is the name of this adventure and is a blast off for our new page Facebook page...
 
Here are the steps:
2   LIKE the page as yourself and using any other profiles you manage
3   INVITE 10 Friends to do the same by sending them a little message
 
"I support the Coalition for Auburn and Lincoln Youth (CALY)! Will you ask 10 of your           
  friends to do the same?
  Please Copy and Paste this message and Invite away! Thank you"
 
Fun and simple... Enjoy!

For more information contact Shelley Rogers, CALY Program Coordinator:  
530-273-7956   or    srogers@corr.us

"Who Controls You" Campaign
The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, a national nonprofit dedicated to reducing substance abuse among adolescents, recently launched a new "Who Controls You" multimedia campaign for teens.
 
The campaign is comprised of 15 second vignettes, each illustrating some of the pressures teens face, including peer pressure to drink and use drugs, issues with body image and bullying, among others. The message behind the vignettes is  "you can stand up for what you believe in."
"Who Controls You" campaign was created pro-bono by advertising agency, Hill Holliday and award-winning social media influencer, Maris Jones, as part of the Partnership's  Above the Influence (ATI) teen program. Jones said, "I love the idea of letting kids know that they are not alone and what they deal with are normal issues that will fade away with time."
In addition to the videos, digital production partner We Are Royale helped create a complementary Twitter-based game called  #PositivATI.  
 
The game  gives teens a way to counter the negativity in social media with a through a simple shooting game. For every negative tweet that is knocked out, a positive tweet goes into the thread of the negative hashtag, disrupting the stream of negativity.  You can play #PositivATI at  http://positivati.com/ .
National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week

National Drug Facts Week (NDAFW) is a national health observance for teens to promote local events designed to SHATTER THE MYTHS about drugs.
 
Launched in 2010 by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), NDAFW links students with scientists and other experts who can counteract the myths about drugs and alcohol that teens get from the internet, TV, movies, music, or from friends.
 
The week's observance includes a live online  "chat day" on January 26, 2016 when students from around the country ask the questions they most want answers to about drugs, alcohol, addiction, helping friends or family, and more.
 
NIDA provides free resources and materials in Spanish and English to help communities and schools plan, promote, and host a NDAFW event.
 
Check out their website for resources and materials.

Have You Taken? - The Parent Pledge

The Parent Pledge is entering its 5th Year of enrolling Parents, Guardians, Households and Families in our Campaign to do what ever it takes to STAND UP for Youth in our Community.
  
Please join the other responsible and dedicated individuals who have signed on to this important campaign!
  
Follow the link below to learn the details about what you can do to ensure that our Community Continues to become a safer place for youth to learn, grow and become the young adults we all want them to be!


Support CPY
All tax-deductible contributions are applied directly to programs that benefit the youth of Placer County.  Donors to the Coalition for Placer Youth can submit donations via check or PayPal.    
Events
CPY - Rocklin Partnership Leadership Committee
Thursday 12/6/2015  3:30 - 5:00 pm
Rocklin Library Community Room
4890 Granite Drive, Rocklin
Contact: Christina Ivazes  (530) 889-7238
               civazes@placer.ca.gov

CALY - Coalition for Auburn and Lincoln Youth 
Tuesday 1/19/2016  3:00-5:00 pm
Location TBD
Contact:  
Shelley Rogers, Program Coordinator
(530) 273-7956     srogers@corr.us

December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month
Talk with teens about Drunk, Drugged & Distracted driving   NIDPM

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week - Jan 25 - 31, 2015
Check out their website for resources.     NDAFW toolkit
Parent
Resources
Partnership for  Drug Free Kids  - where families find answers
Answering your child's tough questions about alcohol
A Parent's Guide to the Teen Brain - Skills, Tools & Tips
Parent Tool Kit 

Small conversations can make a big impression

HELPLINE: 
1-855-DRUGFREE
Parents toll-free helpline 
1-855-378-4373
Mon. to Fri.  10 am - 6 pm ET
(English and Spanish)
Time to Act
Think your teen is using?
Step-by-step guide for parents who suspect their teen is using alcohol 
or drugs.
Spanish Language Parent
Resources
HablaConTusHijos 
free, bilingual online resource
Bilingual Toll-Free helpline
1-855-378-4373
(Monday-Friday 10am-6pm EST)
Teen
Resources
Placer County Youth Commission
UROC - Crossroads Youth Group


PeerX
F acts for teens about prescription drugs

Placer Sheriff's Activity League (PSAL)
activities for youth - 
Mondays 2pm - 4:30pm
Wednesdays 3pm - 5:30pm
Fridays 3pm - 5:30pm
Rock Creek Elementary,Auburn    
Contact Detective Shon Schoer
(916) 652-2422
Rocklin Police Activities League
Activities program for Rocklin youth - coming soon!
For information contact Chris Osborne, Rocklin Police Dept.
(530) 889-7238
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