Youth Alcohol Prevention Coalition workshop at Memorial Hall March 18

From press release

The Youth Alcohol Abuse Prevention Coalition (YAAPC) announces their annual community workshop titled “Understanding Youth Culture—The Mis-education of a Generation through Media” for professionals and parents. The workshop will be Friday, March 18, at Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St., Rockford.

The presenter at this workshop is author David C. Miller, who is also the co-founder and chief visionary officer of the Urban Leadership Institute, LLC, and founder of the community project “Dare to Be King: What if the Prince Lives?”

This workshop is designed to prepare professionals who work with youth. Participants will learn strategies to engage youth in conversations about exploring personal feelings related to bullying, substance abuse, sexuality, family dynamics, race and peer pressure. This workshop will provide a better understanding of our youth today by covering some of the social networks and popular teen figures that have continued to make a huge impact on our younger generation, such as: social networks, text messaging, MySpace, Facebook and YouTube. This conference will address these issues and more in regard to understanding youth culture.

Miller is the architect of the “Dare to Be King Project,” a community-based intervention program that addresses anger and decision-making among African-American males ages 12-17. The project features seminars, workshops and a comprehensive curriculum designed to empower African-American males as well as motivate and inspire the professionals who work with them. The “Dare to Be King Project” uses a Rites of Passage framework to address many of the complex social issues that confront African-American males in society by providing practical alternatives to community violence, substance abuse and delinquency etc.

Registration for this workshop is $45. Lunch will be provided. For more information, or to make a reservation, contact the Winnebago County Health Department’s Violence Prevention Coordinator, Oliver Reed, at (815) 720-4273.

From the March 9-15, 2011, issue

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