Parents Leadership Training for start of school year 2015-16

To parents of kids, especially those ages 9-18:

Most of you know that in addition to my work with Breathe I'm involved with a community of parents who work to help reduce the drugs and alcohol in our kids' hands at the middle- and high-schools level. I feel that prevention work is an absolute shoe-in for a yoga community!
There's a FREE, two-hour info and discussion session led by BSAN (Burke Substance Abuse Network) and SABY (Strategic Alliance for Burke Youth -- the group who put on the Girls Summit last spring), and by Grace Hospital for letting us use their facility. The parents event is Mon, Aug 17 from 6-8pm. It's called Parents Inspire Prevention: Supporting Confidence in Kids & Teens and will be held in the Lake James Room at Grace Hospital.
We are asking that all parents consider attending and invite friends, parents' groups, booster clubs, church groups, and anyone else who can participate.
Will you PLEASE distribute this flyer and social media event link to all of those in your network of parents?? Here is the link to the PDF file for printing and the JPEG is for emailing: https://burkesubstanceabusenetwork.wordpress.com/2015/07/28/parents-as-leaders/

You can also go to the Facebook event to share with or invite others:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1610387569249188/
HERE were some of the shocking things that were discovered in recent surveys & data:
  • 37% of kids in Burke can get alcohol from their parents;
  • At least 25% of parents surveyed admitted the same, and although they understood the alcohol responsibility laws, do not see giving their teens alcohol as a problem;
  • The number of overdose calls for EMS in Burke County for Rx pill misuse, 172 in 2000 -210 was 214. This is twice the state average. Some of these are our kids!
Again, please consider having a VOICE in this discussion and helping spread the word.
Rhonda Cook
for Underage Drinking Initiative (Burke Substance Abuse Network)
RYT500 / Yoga Therapist
Breathe Yoga & Wellness
131 West Union Street, Morganton

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