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Hidden in Plain Sight: To Snoop or Not to Snoop (What Every Parent Needs to...

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New Song United Methodist Church

7450 Colts Neck Rd.

Mechanicsville, VA 23111

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Hidden in Plain Sight is a free community initiative to help educate parents on possible signs of drug and alcohol use by teens. A teenager’s bedroom is replicated to allow parents to “snoop” around to find indicators of drug use and hiding spots.

The Teens Care Too coalition is comprised of Hanover County high school students dedicated to educating their peers and parents about the dangers of substance use. Laura Robertson, Adolescent Development Specialist with the Hanover Community Services Board serves as one of the group’s advisors. “Parents in our community are often told to watch for warning signs that their teen might be using tobacco, alcohol or other drugs, but sometimes those signs are hard to see, even when they are right in front of you. Our teens know what’s going on. They brought Hidden in Plain Sight to our community because they wanted a way to help parents see the indicators of use so they can get their child help. We are so thankful for the Wal-Mart Foundation for awarding us a grant to help fund the project and for our community partners who help make this project possible.”

Hanover Cares is a coalition of concerned citizens who raise awareness of substance abuse issues and work towards reducing substance use among underage youth. Hanover Cares Executive Director, Octavia Marsh, is excited to bring this event to Hanover and partner with the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and Hanover Community Services Board. “The Hanover County Sheriff’s Office will have a narcotics officer lead a presentation and “Reveal” highlighting over 50 items hidden in the bedroom, along with the signs of possible drug and alcohol use. I believe parents will be amazed at what is happening now with our youth.” Dana Gaskin from the Hanover Community Services Board will provide a special presentation to parents called “Talking Tips” to prepare parents to effectively discuss this difficult topic with their teen.

Because of the sensitive nature of Hidden in Plain Sight, this event is for adults only.

There is no cost to attend the event, however pre-registration is required. For more information contact Octavia Marsh, Executive Director of Hanover Cares at 804-564-6119 or info@hanover-cares.org.


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