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Parent Dinners 2013-14

YTF Freshman Parent Dinner-
October 29th 6-8pm MVRHS Culinary Arts Dining Room
YTF Senior Parent Dinner- December 4th 6-8pm 
MVRHS Culinary Arts Dining Room
YTF Sophomore Parent Dinner*- February 4, 2014 6-8pm
MVRHS Culinary Arts Dining Room
YTF 6th & 7th Chat and Chowder- March 5, 2014 6-8pm
MVRHS Culinary Arts Dining Room
YTF Presents: Dr. Lisa Machoian**- March 12, 2014 6-8pm
YTF 8th Grade Chat & Chowder- April 9, 2014 6-8pm 
MVRHS Culinary Arts Dining Room
YTF Junior Prom info night with Mark Hoover- April 30, 2014 6-8pm
Location: TBD

*This year it is likely your sophomore will enter the world of driving- with that comes more freedom and new responsibilities. Join us for a discussion with the Martha’s Vineyard Auto School about the resources and information they offer. We will also be providing information from AT&T’s “It Can Wait” campaign focused on texting and driving.

**Anxiety, Stress, and Coping in Teens
Teens and pre-teens are facing increasing stress with social media and the digital age, peer pressures, cyber bullying, popularity, school achievement, and the multiple changes of puberty. These pressures are contributing to mental health risks for youth wherein there are increasing rates of stress, anxiety, and low self-esteem. Often, subtle signs of stress and anxiety are mistaken for typical teen mood swings, or teen angst. This talk will provide valuable insight into current stressors for youth, which can lead to anxiety and potentially high-risk behaviors. Developmentally, youth may not have adequate coping skills to manage increasing stressors, which if left unaddressed can lead to anxiety disorders, low self esteem, depression. Unaddressed stressors and anxiety can lead to the development of unhealthy and harmful coping as young teens try to manage stress and anxiety. If we understand and recognize the circumstances, risks factors, stressors, signals and symptoms that are specific we can help youth cope with stress and anxiety in healthy ways. This talk will provide valuable insight into the lives of youth 11-17, while focusing on providing parents and community members with helpful strategies to help youth foster healthy coping strategies and resilience.

Dr. Lisa Machoian is a national expert on adolescent mental health, with a specialty in girls and the psychology of women. A Harvard trained developmental psychologist, psychotherapist and former faculty member and director of Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Gender Studies, she is the author of the first and only definitive book on girls’ depression: The Disappearing Girl: Learning the Language of Teenage Depression. Dr. Machoian was a member of the Harvard Project on Women’s Psychology and Girls’ Development. She is a frequent speaker and consultant to organizations, foundations, schools, and to families nationally and internationally. She has been an invited speaker for Harvard Medical School Conferences, The Department of Health and Human Services, The Chapin School, and The Collegiate School, Notre Dame Preporatory Academy, The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, amongst others. She has been featured on NBC News, CBS News, ABC News, National Public Radio, and in The New York Times Online Room for Debate, Family Circle, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Parents Magazine, the Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, and the Palm Beach Post. She has been a columnist for “Ask an Expert” for Parenting Teens Online and is on the expert advisory board for the Beacon Street Girls and B’tween Productions. Dr. Machoian holds a doctorate and master’s degree from Harvard University.

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