Parent to Parent Newsletter
Welcome to the March issue of the Your Choice Parent to Parent newsletter. This newsletter is written by parents for parents.

Please consider attending our upcoming event, Marijuana: A Community Conversation, on March 7 with special speakers Monty Stiles and Ed Shemayla. Legalization of marijuana remains a hot topic in Wisconsin and we are hosting this event with the expressed purpose of separating myths from reality of today's marijuana. Children over 12 are welcomed and encouraged at the evening presentation.

We are also excited to announce that our fundraiser, A Night For Prevention, this year will be May 17, 2019 at the Golden Mast in Oconomowoc with special speaker Kimberly Joy Krueger. You can find more information about this exciting event below. We are currently collecting donations for our silent auction. If you are interested in donating an item or service, please contact us.

As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, or if you would like to read about a certain topic in the next newsletter please email us .   Your ideas and feedback are always appreciated. 
 
Sandi Lybert
Your Choice to Live Founder

Don't Miss This Event!
Marijuana: A Community Conversation
Funding for this event was made possible in part by SAMSHA and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services through the Urban Youth Primary Substance Use Prevention Grant
What Parents Should Know:
Marijuana Use in Teens: What are the Stats?
It's More Harmful Than You Think
From Rosecrance:

Talking to a teen about marijuana is not always easy. But it’s one of the most important conversations you can have with your children.

There is no safe level of substance use for teens, and that includes marijuana. Call the team at Rosecrance to access prevention, education, and intervention services or to schedule an evaluation for your teen.

Talking to your teen about substance use, early and often, normalizes the discussion. It helps to back up your conversations with facts and statistics about marijuana use in teens.

  • 45% of U.S. high school seniors have tried marijuana.
  • Only 27% of high school seniors viewed regular marijuana use as harmful in 2017, a 58% increase over 20 years.
  • More 12-24 years olds are hospitalized for marijuana use than for any other illicit drug, with symptoms including panic attacks and hallucinations.
  • 10% of marijuana users will develop a marijuana use disorder, and the risk for teens is 4-7 times higher than the risk for adults.


Your Choice Note: At the end of this article is a downloadable resource for parents that can help keep teens on a healthy path when it comes to marijuana. You can also check out our upcoming event, Marijuana: A Community Conversation, to learn more facts.
Tips For Teens: Detour Letter  
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Each month we feature an inspirational letter from a student in our Detour Class. Detour is a class designed to gently but powerfully challenge common beliefs about drug and alcohol use. One of the assignments at the end of the class is to write a letter to a special person in your life that touches on some important aspects from the class. 


Your Choice Events Happening in March
Detour Class

March 15 & 16


Youth Presentations

March 8
Operation Snowball
Burlington, WI

March 13
Adams-Friendship Middle School
Adams-Friendship, WI

March 19
Edgerton High School & Middle School
Edgerton, WI


Community Presentations

March 13
Let's Talk Vaping Presentation
Richmond School


March 19
A Conversation About Sex Trafficking in Our Communities
St. Anthony on the Lake Catholic Church and School

March 21
Let's Talk Vaping Presentation
Lake Country School



Narcan Training

March 6
12 pm - 1 pm
440 S. Lapham Street
Oconomowoc, WI

March - 20
6 pm- 7 pm
440 S. Lapham Street
Oconomowoc, WI


Special Events

March 7
Marijuana: A Community Conversation
Lunch Program 11:30-1
Evening Program 6:30-8


Wake Up Call

March 12
Westosha Central High School
Westosha, WI
6:00 - 6:30 Resource Fair
6:30 - 8:00 Presentation

March 19
Waterford High School
Waterford, WI
6:00 -6:30 Resource Fair
6:30-8:00 Presentation

Check out the  events page on our website to see locations of more Your Choice events 
and find out where Your Choice speakers will be next!
Your Choice Now Sells Nicotine Tests!
NICOTINE TESTS – You can now purchase nicotine tests from us! Tests are $3.00 each and can be purchased at  http://www.yourchoice-live.org/drugtests.

With the large numbers of young people vaping, we feel this is a valuable tool for parents in enforcing boundaries and a good deterrent for youth.
Your Choice Annual Fundraiser
A Night For Prevention
Author, Speaker, and Podcaster, Kimberly Krueger is a wife, mother to 12, and 'Noni' to 4 gorgeous grandsons. Although she has a big (mostly) happy family now, that was not always the case. Years of drug and alcohol abuse by multiple loved ones just about broke her and her family. After her own wake-up call, Kimberly began to focus on changing the one person she had the power to change: herself. She had no idea the incredible impact this one decision would have on her whole family. Although drug and alcohol abuse has taken much from her, Kimberly is on a mission to take it all back and help others do the same. 
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