Workshop to focus on raising teens in Routt County |

Workshop to focus on raising teens in Routt County

Program today to address concerns of parents

Jack Weinstein

— Parents who attend a workshop tonight called Raising Teens in Routt County Today will determine what will be discussed.

Event organizer Michelle Petix, the county's juvenile diversion coordinator, said the workshop will be a roundtable-type discussion sponsored by Grand Fut­ures Prevention Coalition and the Routt County Youth Services Parent Empowerment Task Force. Steamboat Christian Center Pastor of Student Ministries Jon Gagnon will moderate the workshop.

Petix said local professionals, including law enforcement and those who work with youths, will be there to discuss with parents any concerns they have about their children before they become real problems.

"Essentially, it's a chance to answer questions facing children and parents today," she said. "This forum is really open. We're not focusing on any one subject. It's not about substance use and abuse. The idea is parents walk out of there thinking, 'Wow, I got some good information.'"

The workshop will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Steamboat Springs Middle School. Free child care and dinner will be provided.

Grand Futures Routt County Coordinator Kate Marshall said the workshop provides a chance for parents to get together in a casual forum. She said it also relates to Grand Futures' mission of helping to promote healthy lifestyles for youths through alternatives to substance abuse.

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"It relates to our vision of seeing healthy communities as the cultural norms," Marshall said. "If we can get parents discussing these topics together, they might find they're learning valuable information about substance abuse, and it might be eye-opening about other situations."

Also at the workshop, Grand Futures will provide information about what it does, Marshall said. She said that information would include how attendees could access results from a survey of parents of students in the county.

Parents were asked questions about whether they communicate with their children about issues related to drug and alcohol abuse and whether they allow those uses. The survey asked whether parents knew if their children had driven impaired or ridden with someone who was impaired. It also asked whether parents knew if their children were bullied.

— To reach Jack Weinstein, call 970-871-4203 or email

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