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Parent Coffees: Drug/Alcohol Discussions
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Funded by the Needham Community Council, Needham’s Parent Coffee series: Weaving a Web of Safety, has been and continues to be a successful outreach strategy to inform and engage parents of teens on the topic of preventing and reducing youth alcohol and drug use.

Program Details

Originally created by the Needham Public Schools, the Needham Youth Services, in collaboration with the Needham Community Council, is dedicated to continuing to bring this vibrant program to Needham parents. A few program facts and details:
  • Over 650 Needham parents have participated in this program
  • Programs are held in the evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in your home
  • The program is fun and informative
  • These are offered at no cost (thanks to the Needham Community Council)

Program Goals
  • Connect parents with each other to encourage communication to form this web of safety
  • Reduce / prevent youth alcohol and drug use by encouraging parents to increase effective communication with their teens and monitor their activities
  • Share new information on youth substance use and effective prevention strategies
  • Trends in use, predictors, risk, and protective factors (the goal being to delay the age of onset and experimentation)
  • Understand the "Three Factors" regarding a youth’s decision to use

To get started, view the Parent Coffee Starter Packet. If you would like additional information about this program, please contact Jon Mattleman at 781-455-7500, ext. 265.