Asset-building workshop held in Mooers

The purpose, said workshop leader Michelle Hills is for parents, adults, and youth can get to know a bit more about each other in a fun and stimulating (non-threatening) atmosphere. Shes the brains and energy behind this, Susan Roberts said of Hills. Shes such a wonderful person for the community. A book called Conversations on the Go! was used during the question-answer portion to facilitate friendly conversation. Its a little book that Eastern Adirondack Health Care Network (EACHN) staff utilize to help open or reestablish lines of communication between adults and youth (age 12-16), Hills said. An example of a question is: Whats the first memory you have of going to school? These questions can be asked of adults, as well, which helps bridge the generation gaps that sometimes occur between parents and their pre-teens and teenagers, Hills said. They also help parents demonstrate their listening skills with their youth. As the mother of a teenage daughter, said Wendy Kingsbury of Hemmingford, I cant stress enough how important it is for us to have the tools we need to understand our kids and the pressures that they struggle with at school and socially. Hills is project coordinator of Healthy Youth Initiative at EACHN on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus which, along with Parents Plus for Prevention, a grass-roots community coalition whose members work together to promote healthy youth development, and the Mooers community was responsible for bringing the workshop to Mooers. Mooer Fire Department offered their building for the event, Hills said. And Mooers United Methodist Church and EAHCN provided refreshments. For more information, contact Michelle Hills at 564-4322. A"Change Our Name" Contest was held in the three school districts (Chazy, Northern Adirondack and Northeastern Clinton) and the winners were Lee Ouimette and Samantha Stacy, both students at NCCS. They worked together to come up with the name, "T.N.T. (The Northern Tier) Youth Revolution."

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