Spring Transitions Fair!

2016 Spring ForumAs you know, the years between 5th and 9th grades can be awkward and confusing.  Change doesn’t always come easily, and it helps to have some support along the way.

Join us for this free event with food, fun & prizes AND a face-off between Gardiner & Ogden schools!  Let’s see which school can turn out the most attendance… whoever has the most students show up will have the privilege of carrying out a Vice Principal silly-string assault.

Free hot dogs, cotton candy and prizes! Come hear Gardiner’s Jazz Band & visit the Photo Booth. We have 15 different mini-sessions for you to choose from — interesting to students and parents alike.

See some of the amazing sessions we have in store for you… here is a sneak-peek at the evening’s schedule:  Transitions Fair Sessions 2016

Please register in advance so we know that we that we will see the wonderful you!

Click on the image above, or this link to register.

Be Our Guest!

Our Holiday Open House is dedicated to YOU

Come celebrate with us and learn more about the ways we are helping to grow healthy & drug-free opportunities for our youth. Your support makes a difference, and it’s our turn to appreciate you!

Not sure how you fit in?

We are so grateful for the many kinds of support we continue to receive:
•    Subscribe & share our newsletter,
•    Help plan community events,
•    Give a one-time donation,
•    Become a coalition member,
•    Or be a champion for Oregon City Together in the community.

We hope you’ll bring a guest and join us for some inspiration, good food, good people, and a chance to win a weekend getaway in our silent auction!

Singer Hill Cafe
Tuesday December 8, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

RSVP here!

 

Finding Kind

All 6th, 7th and 8th grade Gardiner and Ogden students are welcome to join in on a FREE event coming December 1st from 5-7pm at Gardiner Middle School. This event has an amazing message about anti-bullying, shown through a documentary film.

This message is based on the powerful belief in KINDness that brings awareness and healing to the negative and lasting effects of girl-against-girl “crime.”  Two young women who created this film decided to create change by giving females a platform to speak out about this universal experience.

It will be an evening full of opportunities to listen, watch and speak out about these issues girls everywhere find themselves in. There will be free pizza and treats provided. Parents are encouraged to come with their students for this awesome event. So mark your calendars so you don’t miss out on this FREE FINDING KIND experience!

For more information please contact Lisa Lee……. llee@nwfs.org or 503-785-8205

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Smart Choices for our Youth

Conversations with young people about smart & safe life choices can sometimes feel tricky. We want everyone in our community to have the tools, support & inspiration they need to make these conversations easier and more effective.

As you know, our City Commission recently declared October Teen Traffic Safety Month in Oregon City and, along with the Angel5 campaign, the community has rallied around the families and friends of the young people lost to traffic incidents this year. 

To continue encouraging our youth to make smart and safe choices, we hope you will join us for an inspiring evening of information, support, and a little bit of magic. The evening will feature special guests and nationally renowned speakers Kevin Brooks and Robert Hackenson. 

Yes! This event will be engaging and interesting to everyone: parents, mentors, and youth. We will be premiering the Above the Influence/100 Reasons video from OCHS PioFest, and exploring other media tools for parents and youth alike.

We hope you plan to attend on Tuesday October 20th from 6-8pm at Oregon City High School.  You can follow this link for details and to RSVP.

About the Speakers:
Kevin
Kevin Brooks is a leading youth speaker on suicide prevention, overcoming obstacles and impaired driving. He is living proof that one poor choice can change one’s life forever. From his wheelchair, Kevin shares his life-changing story with audiences of all ages.
One minute he will have you laughing… The next minute he will have you crying… And by the end Kevin will have you so moved that you can say that your life has been forever changed from hearing his story. Read more here.
Robert Hackenson
AND, get ready to be “edutained” as professional speaker Robert Hackenson Jr. infuses magic, illusions, skits, and more to deliver a highly interactive educational experience.
Students are raving about Robert’s dynamic and memorable performance, and his unique way of tying in the magic to deliver messages that will be remembered.
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Mark your Calendar!

Smart Choices for a Safe Future: Parent/Youth Forum

Join us for an inspiring evening of information, support, and a little bit of magic, featuring special guests and nationally renowned speakers Kevin Brooks and Robert Hackenson.

Kevin Brooks is a leading youth speaker on suicide prevention, overcoming obstacles and impaired driving. He is living proof that one poor choice can change one’s life forever. From his wheelchair, Kevin shares his life-changing story with audiences of all ages.

AND, get ready to be “edutained” as professional speaker Robert Hackenson Jr. infuses magic, illusions, skits, and more to deliver a highly interactive educational experience.  Students are raving about Robert’s dynamic and memorable performance, and his unique way of tying in the magic to deliver messages that will be remembered.

Oregon City High School, Tuesday October 20th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Open to all ages
Doors open at 5:45
Free dinner and childcare for ages 5 and up

Sponsored by Clackamas County Safe Communities, Oregon City Together, OCHS Pioneers, Oregon Impact, and OC Community Education.

Read more here.

Welcome to Fall

We are eager for all that Fall brings to the Northwest – the excitement of a new school year, the beautiful landscape as the leaves begin to change, and the promise of a few raindrops to remind us that we do in fact live in the Pacific Northwest!

Change has certainly been all around us, even as we wind down from the long days of summer. As of July 1st, recreational marijuana has become legal in Oregon. With this change, there are likely many questions about what this means for you, but perhaps more importantly, what this means for the children in our lives.

Choices we make as adults have a very different impact on our health and well-being compared to that of our children whose brains are still rapidly developing—in fact, until around age 25.
We hope that this season of change can prompt us to consider the needs of our growing children and how we can support and help them grow to be healthy young adults.

Did you know that you have the power to raise your children to be substance free?
It’s important to educate yourself and know where you stand on marijuana and alcohol use. And as important, do your children know where you stand?

Research shows that kids who learn about the risks of drugs from their parents are up to 50% less likely to use. If you’re unsure on the subject, more than likely your children are too, which can open the door to adolescent experimentation.

As a parent or other caring adult, when we look to prevent or change particular behaviors in children, we sometimes do so by attempting to instill fear or scare tactics.  When it comes to anti-substance use scare tactics, it may sound something like this:

  • See that mock crash, if you drink and drive, you will crash and you will die
  • Were you listening to the story that family told about their child’s drug overdose? If you take those pills, you will end up the same way as that child
  • Look at those awful pictures of meth users. That is what happens when people use meth.

Prevention experts discourage the use of scare tactics and here’s why:

  • Youth are hardwired to defend against negative messaging: When the outcome doesn’t always match the message being delivered to them, they may discount it. “My friend took those same pills to get high many times and he’s just fine.”
  • Young people filter information differently than adults: Most adults filter information using logic and rational thinking. Most teens, on the other hand, are naturally driven to engage in riskier, more impulsive behavior. Blame it partially on the adolescent brain, specifically the prefrontal cortex, which is the area of the brain responsible for controlling impulses, exercising judgment and decision-making (which we just learned from above isn’t fully developed!).
  • High-risk youth can be more attracted to risky behavior: Some youth are wired more strongly for sensation-seeking and are more impulsive risk-takers. Present such a youth with the chance to rebel by getting drunk or high and he/she may see it as thrill-seeking opportunity. The better approach here is to deliver a positive message about non-use, so as not to give a child something to rebel against.
  • Strong warnings can send unintended messages: Overwhelming negative attention focused on anti-use may unintentionally send the message to children that it is a widespread problem and everyone must be doing it. Such misinterpretation leads to youth believing alcohol and drug use is the norm, that their peers are using, and that peers would be accepting of their choice to use.

Ok, that’s helpful, but now what can I do?
When it comes to preventing alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, focus efforts on teaching children what TO do, instead of what NOT to do, and reminding them regularly that the majority of youth do not use.

Research shows that parents and other caring adults can have the greatest impact on young lives by guiding them to make positive decisions, showing them healthy ways to cope, teaching them important resistance skills, and then giving them the opportunity to practice what they’ve learned.

Our youth hold a great deal of promise for our future. It’s up to us as parents and mentors to help guide them to put their best step forward!

You can read our Fall Newsletter for more resources.

Video available online

If you missed our spring Community Forum on Marijuana & Youth, you can now view it online. Here is a sample taken from Eric Martin’s keynote address.

Visit OCT’s YouTube channel to see the panel discussion, Judge Laraine McNiece’s talk, and more clips from Eric Martin.
You can view the full forum by following this link.

Community Forum on Marijuana & Youth

And wow, Oregon City!!
 Thank you to everyone who came out for April 9th Forum on Marijuana & Youth. What an amazing show of support for our young people.

With big thanks to our keynote Eric Martin, our amazing panelists (Paige Hirt, Amber Kersey, Officer Kevin Carlson, Dr. Ken Ensroth, and moderator Bill Stewart), Willamette Falls Media Center, Oregon City Police Department, Oregon City High School, Oregon City Police Department, Foundations Counseling & Consultation Services, LLC, Oregon City Chamber of Commerce, Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center, our partners & volunteers…

…and of course the parents, community leaders and youth who made the time and took action to get empowered and informed around this crucial conversation.

Here is the great coverage from KATU.

Eric Martin at the Spring Community Forum on Marijuana and Youth