Cultivating Love and Connection in the Lives of Our Children as They Navigate Pain and Disconnection
Thursday, December 3, 2020
Youth are experiencing severe pain and disconnection at alarming rates, which is reflected in the increase of mental health issues, substance use, bullying, violence, self-harm, and suicidal ideation. As a society, we can no longer afford to perpetuate disconnection and separatism while our children suffer the consequences. Instead, we need to teach them hot to love themselves and to develop health connection inward and outward. Join Dr. Jessica Dutile for this webinar that explores research on love-based practices, such as mindfulness and meditation, and how these can be applied in not only transforming our children’s lives but also our own.
Thursday, January 7, 2021
Presented by: Dr. Maria Sanders
In the Fall of 2019. Dr. Maria Sanders, a Philosophy professor at Plymouth State University, traveled to all fifty states in the United States exploring how people intentionally convert spaces into meaningful places. During this journey, Dr. Sanders captured thousands of photos and conducted over 100 interviews with individuals sharing their ideas and experiences about natural and constructed places.
Her photography is featured in a philosophical art exhibition co-curated by the Museum of the White Mountains in the Silver Center (9/8/20-11-20-20) entitled “Spaces 2 Places,” portions of which can be viewed online. She also has a book contract with West Creek Media who will be publishing a book of her reflective poetry on place entitled “Sunrise Sunset.”
In the “Meaningful Places” webinar, Maria shares a number of lessons learned from these interviews and experiences with place that highlight the importance place plays in our quest to live full, healthy, and flourishing lives.
Communicating with Preteens and Teens
Thursday, January 21, 2021
Presented by Samantha Worth, NH Teen Institute
Positive communication is the cornerstone of staying connected through the ups and downs of adolescence. We will learn tools and skills for increasing positive communication; listening–really listening; expressing ourselves without blame or shame to create understanding and develop empathy, and controlling emotions when things get rough.
The Social Media Long Game
Thursday, February 4, 2021
Presented by: Cindy Pierce
A Valentine for Prevention
February 7-14, 2020
People may not know it, but prevention—doing something to avoid a negative consequence–is something that we all do every day. Things like brushing your teeth, putting oil in your care and wearing a mask in public are all practices of prevention!
This Valentine’s Day, we encourage you to create a Valentine for PREVENTION! Make a card, a message, or a piece of art for your favorite preventative habit. It could be a valentine for the dentists helping to prevent cavities, or for a parent who talks about the dangers of underage drinking ang drugs use. Use your imagination and get creative, then share your great ideas with us!
Prevention is EVERYONE’S business. Let’s show some LOVE for the wonderful habits that keep us safe, healthy and strong!
All submissions due Sunday, February 14, 2021 to email@example.com.
Show your LOVE on Social Media @cadyinc #Valentine4Prevention #CADYlove #CADY #ILovePrevention
Any questions, contact Liz Brochu at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let us know you will be participating! Register here!
Talking about Risky Behavior
Thursday, February 18, 2021
Presented by: Samantha Worth, NH Teen Institute
Research shows that communicating clear standards for healthy behavior to our children is an important part of guiding our children away from high-risk behavior and helping them make healthy choices. In this workshop, we will learn how to develop clear standards for health behavior with our teens.
History of Lies
Thursday, March 4, 2021
Presented by: CADY’s Junior Action Club
This presentation focuses on the ways in which the tobacco industry used its advertising and promotions in misleading and deceptive ways to obscure the actual risks associated with tobacco use. This advertising–along with the industry’s other deceptive and untruthful activities and statements—are chronicled in a “History of Lies” spanning the past 100+ years.
Thursday, March 18, 2021
Presented by: Samantha Worth, NH Teen Institute
An opportunity for adults to learn more about the music, TV, movies, websites, and apps around NH (and the country) that currently excite our teens. This is an opportunity to explore many ways that popular youth culture has changed and the many ways in which teenagers today are similar to those who came before them.
Thursday, April 8, 2021
Presented by: Kathi Sullivan
After a night of binge drinking and poor choices at a series of underage drinking parties, Kathi’s 17-year old daughter Taylor, wandered away alone in the woods, and drowned in only two feet of water. They found her 3 days later.
Two months later, Kathy started sharing Taylor’s story with students and parents in the hopes that her message would enlighten others about the dangers of underage drinking and poor choices. Passionate about reaching hearts and minds, she simply shared what happened that night, how it could have been prevented and how Taylor’s death has affected her family, Taylor’s friends, and the community. Students and parents leave Kathi’s presentation feeling like it was their friend or daughter that was lost that fateful night. Her presentation foes far beyond binge drinking, underage drinking, and poor choices! Each audience member will take away something different.
Kathy has made it her mission in life to spread Taylor’s Message. Kathi’s presentation is heart-wrenching but ends with an inspiration message of hope, love and a newfound power for students to deal with peer pressure and tough choices they face every day. Her honesty, openness, and heartfelt message is packed with powerful take-aways and is a presentation that will not be soon forgotten.
Prime for Life Preview: What is Responsible Drinking?
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Presented by: Liz Brochu, CADY Youth Services Director/Certified Prevention Specialist and Emily Shanahan, CADY Outreach Coordinator/Certified Prevention Specialist
Prime for Life, an evidence-based prevention, intervention and pre-treatment program, helps people learn to reduce their risk of alcohol and drug-related problems throughout life. This webinar will briefly cover the National drinking norms for adults and discuss what responsible/moderate drinking really means.
An understanding of potential risks associated with high-risk alcohol choices is an important tool for protecting what we value. When presented in a non-judgmental way, carefully selected information can provoke new thinking and provide individuals with a solid basis for making decisions about their own alcohol use.
Results from more than 28 years of instructors teaching Prime for Life indicate the the curriculum is effective in helping participants change their high-risk behaviors. Prime for Life has also been shown to reduce recidivism and increase abstinence.
Pop Culture Influences on Underage Drinking
Thursday, April 22, 2021
Presented by: CADY’s Youth Advisory and Advocacy Council
The presentation begins with a discussion of the alcohol industry’s advertising strategy: advertising by association. The student presenters discuss how the industry uses association-style advertising to connect alcohol with positive images, such as: people who have lots of friends, are athletic, are attractive, or who are having fun. The presenters emphasize that often these images used in ads have nothing to do with the actual results of using the product.
The presenters then go on to discuss how many of the images that the industry uses are particularly attractive to a young audience. The use of this type of advertising is problematic because it creates the impression in young people’s minds that the alcohol use is risk-free, harmless and “everyone is doing it.”
In the core of this presentation students emphasize the “Eight Consequences of Alcohol Use that the Alcohol Industry Won’t Warn You About.”
Family Fun Night
Thursday, May 6, 2021
Join us for a night of music, prizes, and a WHOLE LOT OF FUN!
Gather your families and get ready to have an incredible evening!
The CADY Musical Scavenger Hunt is a unique, fun-filled family activity for ALL ages! Solve the musical riddles with your family to win prizes–multiple ways to win!
Listen carefully to the musical guru, Tim Keefe’s musical clues; be prepared to hunt for items to share; and enjoy a family game night like none other!
SAVE THE DATE: 20th Annual CADY Prevention Summit
May 21, 2021
Plymouth State University, Merrill Place Conference Center
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing requirements, the 2020 Prevention Summit has been postponed to Friday, May 21, 2021. The phenomenal Dr. Robert Brooks will be back by popular demand! Keynote: “The Power of Mindsets: Nurturing Resilience in Ourselves and Others.”