Parent Leadership Presentations

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    Wednesday, October 17 
    Hill Elementary, Auditorium
    5:30-7:30pm

    Robert Crown - The Linda and Michael Puberty Overview (session 1)
    Mutual Ground - Erin’s Law (session 2)

    (Parents of all ages)

    Objective:

    SESSION 1: This presentation addresses the parents/caregivers whose school-age child will be participating in the Robert Crown Center’s Linda and Michael programs.  These programs prepare pre-adolescent youth for the physical and emotional changes they will experience during puberty. The Overview provides a unique opportunity for parents and caregivers to gain knowledge of the topics discussed in the RCC programs and methods of presentation. A discussion will also include knowledge and tools to guide parents/caregivers in healthy conversations about these topics as well as skills to help their child make healthy decisions.

    SESSION 2: This presentation will address the topics and how they will be presented to students PK-12 in West Aurora Schools. Mutual Ground covers topics across the district in grades PK-12 to keep us in compliance with Erin’s Law and Illinois State School Code. The elementary program covers Personal Body Safety where students will learn a variety of skills to keep them safe from Sexual Abuse. Our Middle School program focuses on Sexual Harassment in 6th grade, Sexual Abuse in 7th grade with a booster program in 8th grade that revisits skills learned along with a discussion on dating and domestic violence. The High School program goes into depth regarding dating violence and Sexual Assault and Abuse. A private room is offered following the Middle and High School programs in order for students to speak with Mutual Ground Prevention Specialists in a confidential setting.

     

     

     

    Monday, October 29
    WAHS, Main Gym
    7:00-8:30pm

    Chris Herren (Parents and students)(No childcare provided)

    Objective:

    Former NBA player Chris Herren will share his story and his redemptive rise from the depths of addiction. Herren's presentations have moved individuals from all ages, walks of life and socio-economic conditions, out from behind the cloak of guilt, shame, and denial, to the light of treatment.

     

    Wednesday, November 7
    Herget Middle School
    6:00 Registration and Pizza
    6:30 Workshops begin

    My Middle Schooler has a Chromebook, now what?! (Parents and their Middle School Students, please bring your device)

    Objective:

    Three workshops (25 minutes each)
    Schoology: What's in it for Parents?
    Social Media: Going Beyond Facebook
    Smarter, Not Harder: Tech Tools for Students

     

    Thursday, November 8
    WAHS Library, Door 1
    6:00-8:00pm

    FAFSA Workshop Completion (Parents and Seniors only. No Childcare provided)

    Objective:

    This workshop will include a brief FAFSA overview. Attendees will be able to complete the FAFSA at their own pace with members from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) and counselors providing one-on-one support, as needed.

     

    Wednesday, January 30 
    McCleery Elementary
    5:30-7:30pm

    Robert Crown - The Linda and Michael Puberty Overview (session 1)
    Mutual Ground - Erin’s Law (session 2)

    (Parents of all ages)

    Objective:

    SESSION 1: This presentation addresses the parents/caregivers whose school-age child will be participating in the Robert Crown Center’s Linda and Michael programs.  These programs prepare pre-adolescent youth for the physical and emotional changes they will experience during puberty. The Overview provides a unique opportunity for parents and caregivers to gain knowledge of the topics discussed in the RCC programs and methods of presentation. A discussion will also include knowledge and tools to guide parents/caregivers in healthy conversations about these topics as well as skills to help their child make healthy decisions.

    SESSION 2: This presentation will address the topics and how they will be presented to students PK-12 in West Aurora Schools. Mutual Ground covers topics across the district in grades PK-12 to keep us in compliance with Erin’s Law and Illinois State School Code. The elementary program covers Personal Body Safety where students will learn a variety of skills to keep them safe from Sexual Abuse. Our Middle School program focuses on Sexual Harassment in 6th grade, Sexual Abuse in 7th grade with a booster program in 8th grade that revisits skills learned along with a discussion on dating and domestic violence. The High School program goes into depth regarding dating violence and Sexual Assault and Abuse. A private room is offered following the Middle and High School programs in order for students to speak with Mutual Ground Prevention Specialists in a confidential setting.

     

    Tuesday, March 12
    WAHS Library, Door 1
    6:30-8:00pm

    The Happy Kid Handbook by Author Katie Hurley (Parents of all ages)

    Objective:

    Raising happy, healthy happy kids is an increasingly challenging task for parents today. Acclaimed child and adolescent psychotherapist and parenting expert Katie Hurley, knows the key to raising confident, capable children are nurturing happiness. Here is a back-to-basics guide on practical techniques to foster the well being of both youth and their caregivers. Participants will learn how to tap into children’s individual strengths, personality traits, and interests to increase communication and connection. This presentation will help parents and educators recognize symptoms of stress and anxiety in children, understand their triggers and discover practical coping strategies to target stressors in themselves and others. By exploring the unique needs of each child, we can lower frustration, increase empathy, and guide them to their fullest potential without sacrificing their inner joy.

     

    Tuesday, April 2
    WAHS Library, Door 1
    6:30-8:00pm

    5 Simple Rules For Parents: How to raise gritty, resilient, and passionate people, by Author Harlan Cohen

    (Parents of all ages)

    Objective:

    New York Times bestselling author Harlan Cohen offers parents a framework to help, guide, and support their children through middle school, high school, college, and the years beyond. Harlan combines insightful advice with facts, stats, humor, and the latest trends to help parents empower their children to become strong self-advocates. 

     

    Wednesday, April 10 
    WAHS Library, Door 1
    6:00-7:30pm

    Financial Aid Process Presentation (Parents of Juniors and Seniors only. No Childcare provided)

    Objective:
    This presentation covers college costs, types of financial aid, how to apply for financial aid 
    (including the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA), financial aid award packages, and
    other important information.

     

    Wednesday, May 1 
    WAHS Library, Door 1
    6:30-8:00pm

    Let’s Talk! Mental Health Panel Discussion (Facebook Live; Parents of all ages)

    Objective:

    Mental Health Panel Discussion.  Mental Health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel and act, and determines how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental Health is important at every stage of life, from childhood through adulthood and this will provide parents, educators, and community members a platform to engage in conversation with experts in the field in an acting role to keep our communities healthy.