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Helping Our Teens Through Family and Community

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Aspen District Theatre

199 High School Road

Aspen, CO 81611

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This event is recommended for parents and youth ages 13+

National Sponsors: Along Their Way

Community Sponsors: The Aspen Times, Aspen Hope Center, Aspen Strong, FirstBank, Colorado Audio Visual, Blend Web Marketing.

Partners: Aspen Buddy Program

In collaboration with Pitkin County Public Health, Aspen Strong, Aspen Hope Center, Youth Zone, Mind Springs, The Buddy Program, Aspen Family Connections, Mountain Family Health Centers, Roaring Fork Schools, The Aspen Times, the Pitkin County Sheriff's Department, and local high school students and in-coming freshman, Aspen Connect presents “Helping Our Teens Through Family and Community,” a live-streamed and recorded symposium.

Held at the Aspen District Theatre on May 20th, 5:30 - 7:00pm, there will be two conversations occurring on this evening addressing concerns with the health of our teens, and providing tools and resources on coping strategies for teens, their families and our community. In the first conversation parents and teens will share their stories on addiction, rehab and recovery, shedding light on the health issues our teens face today, and what to watch for in the family. Guest speakers include; Jamie Blume, experienced holistic wellness coach, professional mentor, and Founder of “Along Their Way". Jamie will be sharing the platform with her 19 year old son Eli. Also speaking will be local photographer Catherine Adams and her 14 year old daughter who will speak to what it’s like to be a sibling of a sister going through rehab. Catherine is the founder of Aperture of Hope, photography workshop programs designed as a creative outlet for kids who are facing challenges in life. Ashley has reached out to and spoken with kids in small group settings about how substance affects the family letting them know that they are not alone on this journey. Other speakers still tbd. The conversation will be moderated by Aspen Strong Founder Christina King.

Between conversations, Sonja Linman, Glenwood Springs Middle School Prevention Specialist and Founder of Yampah High School, will give a presentation on building protective factors which can counteract substance abuse and other health risks. Sheriff Joe DiSalvo will talk about what is the law for our teens and the legal consequences for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The second conversation will address teen concerns and how we as a family and a community can help our youth to thrive. Guest Speakers include; Lance Nabers, Aspen Mind Springs Development Director; Katherine Sands, Aspen Family Connections Director; Sonja Linman, Glenwood Springs Middle School Prevention Specialist and Founder of Yampah High School; Michelle Meuthing, Executive Director Aspen Hope Center; Pitkin County Deputy Cameron Daniels (former counselor at Youth Zone). The moderator for this conversation is still to be determined.

The health of our teens in our valley has been of major concern, and the time is now to have this live-streamed global conversation addressing teen health. Teens, parents and principals from all the Roaring Fork Valley schools are being invited to participate.

The purpose of this event is to bring health professionals and families closer together in conversation to talk about our teens, and to provide the resources available both in our valley and beyond.

For sponsorship info email Jillian@aspenbusinessconnect.com




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