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At Parent U, lessons in empowering children

A coalition of local agencies is hosting an event aimed at providing parents with information and resources they can use to better support their children.

Parent U will take place from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 24 at Sierra College’s Nevada County campus.

The event, which targets parents of middle and high school-aged children, is free; however, space is limited, so anyone interested is encouraged to register online at http://www.corr.us/parent-u-annual-workshop-event-powered-up-parenting by Oct. 19.



Registration includes lunch, parking, and childcare during the event.

“Some of the best things we learn as parents comes from others who have experienced that or walked down that road. Sharing this information with the parents of our community helps build our community.”Melissa Kelleya development associate with Community Recovery Resources

The day will feature a keynote speech on love and relationships from author, entertainer and motivational speaker Barry Friedman as well as three workshops.




Grass Valley Police Officer Zack LaFerriere will give a presentation on technology and social media; local student athletes will join Brandi Fowler of the Nevada County Department of Public Health to discuss peer-led culture change through the Athlete Committed program; and Rose Murphy, a counselor at Nevada Union High School, and Allison Aguilar, a counselor at Sierra College, will talk about student academic and career pathways.

“Kids don’t come with an instruction booklet,” said Melissa Kelley, a development associate with Community Recovery Resources, or CoRR, and the event’s chairperson. “Some of the best things we learn as parents comes from others who have experienced that or walked down that road. Sharing this information with the parents of our community helps build our community.”

CoRR is just one of the organizations partnering to host Parent U; the event is also sponsored by Sierra College, the Coalition for a Drug-Free Nevada County, the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools, the Grass Valley Police Department and the Nevada County Department of Public Health.

This is the second year for the event; last year was “hugely successful,” said Kelley, with some 80 parents in attendance.

This year’s event will incorporate some changes based on feedback from those who attended last year, Kelley said.

During the first Parent U, participants had to choose three of five offered seminars to attend; this year, participants will have the opportunity to attend all workshops. This year’s event will also start later than last year’s after parents said they’d prefer to stay into the afternoon.

Similar to last year, on online toolkit will be developed in conjunction with the event and will be available for anyone to view or download on the CoRR and Coalition for a Drug-Free Nevada County websites, Kelley said.

The toolkit features information on a wide variety of topics, such as technology, substance abuse and bullying, and is aimed at helping parents initiate youth-driven discussions and action.

“It’s building on the hope that parents really want to empower young people and guide them to make wonderful decisions and be advocates for themselves,” Kelley said.

Kelley said the organizations involved with Parent U hope to continue to build on the event. If this second session is successful, they may consider expanding it to monthly workshops or other events aimed at parents.

“We have such tremendous resources in this community but folks don’t always know how to access them,” Kelley said. “We really want this to be an avenue that parents and other adults can travel down to get access to information that they really want.”

For more information on Parent U, contact Melissa Kelley at 530-273-9541, ext. 226, or mkelley@corr.us.

To contact Staff Writer Emily Lavin, email elavin@theunion.com or call 530-477-4230.


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