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ABCHY Co-sponsors In Control Safe Driving Program for AB Teens
Drive-in Control In Control Advanced Driver Training teaches student drivers to react to life-threatening situations behind the wheel and offers hands-on techniques for mastering accident avoidance and car control. AB area teens with a learner's permit (10 hours experience) or license and a parent are eligible. In Control offers Acton-Boxborough Families a $75 Discount when signing up for the course thanks to Platinum Sponsors, Danny's Place and Acton Toyota of Littleton, and Community Supporters, AB PIP STEM, ABCHY and the Acton Police Association. In Control offers AB sessions at a Special $199 Rate (save $149) each fall and spring. The next session will be in April 2014. For more information or to sign up, go to In Control.

ABCHY Needs You!
We are looking for talented people to join our board or participate in our programming efforts. Please read our Recruiting Flyer to find out ways to get involved. If you're interested in learning more about ABCHY, please send email to abchyworks@gmail.com.

ABCHY was awarded a CHNA 15 Mini-grant!
ABCHY was awarded a CHNA 15 mini-grant and plans to offer the following:
– Educational programs entitled "Kids, Cars and Consequences" and "How Legal is Pot" presented by Mike Reinhardt.
– Follow-up parent conversations hosted by the Acton and Boxborough faith community.
– Counseling services at the Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church with practitioners from The Eliot Center.

Recaps

ABCHY Panel Discussion at ABRHS
December 4, 2013 at 7pm and December 11, 2013 at 7pm

Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, Room 184W (Lecture Hall)

ABCHY hosted a series of presentations and panel discussions to help parents and teens communicate about risky situations and making informed choices.

Wednesday, December 4th—Risky Business: What Teens Don't Know Can Hurt Them focused on teen risky behavior and legal consequences and costs for getting caught with alcohol or drugs, cyberbullying, vandalism, shoplifting, trespassing, etc.
Wednesday, December 11—Kids, Cars, & Consequences
Michael Reinhardt, a local defense attorney, presented "Kids, Cars, and Consequences" that gave teens and parents the facts about the dangers and legal consequences that may result from risky behavior behind the wheel.

2011 CAFY-ABCHY Parent Survey Results

ABCHY & CAFY collaborated in the spring of 2011 to conduct a survey of Acton-Boxborough parents of teens. The survey focused on what parents are doing to promote the health and wellness of their teens and to reduce risky teen behavior. It also focused on the major concerns that parents have related to this topic and what they believe that parents, the schools, ABCHY and CAFY, and the community-at-large should do to help ensure the health and wellness of our teens. Three-hundred-and-thirty-eight parents of 6th-12th grade students completed the survey.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011. The Acton-Boxborough Coalition for Healthy Youth (ABCHY), the Community Alliance for Youth (CAFY), and the Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, Inc. sponsored a Program about Bullying and Cyberbulling at the R.J. Grey Jr. High Library.

January 24, 2011. Coalition Targets Teen Safety, Wellness. The Acton-Boxborough Coalition for Healthy Youth (ABCHY) will offer a variety of upcoming programs and forums that emphasize improving health and safety for some of Acton-Boxborough's most vulnerable citizens–its adolescents. Read the Patch article.

Thank You to Dr. Michael J. Bradley, Ed.D, the award-winning author of the popular title, Yes, Your Teen Is Crazy!. He offered a funny and empowering program on helping grow your 21st century teen into a strong, confident and productive adult in his presentation called Loving Your Teen Without Losing Your Mind. In case you missed his talk on October 13 at R.J. Grey Jr. High, read DR. MIKE BRADLEY'S TEN COMMANDMENTS OF PARENTING or visit his website at www.docmikebradley.com or watch the video right here. Dr. Bradley offers Parent Forums on his website.

The Acton-Boxborough Regional School Department ABRSD and ABCHY were proud to co-host a Breakfast Symposium for School and Mental Health Professionals and Community Advocates on October 20. The program was entitled Bullying Prevention and Intervention: What we know. What we can do. Read some of the Symposium documents including Reducing Bulling & Cyberbullying and Bullying Prevention & Intervention.


ABCHY in the Press

ABCHY Receives Grant from Sudbury Foundation

The Sudbury Foundation awarded ABCHY a grant to establish a Strategic Planning Committee (SPC) that will develop a five-year action plan for ABCHY. The SPC is headed by financial management consultant Jane Boatright, nonprofit attorney Elizabeth Liz Reinhardt and family law attorney Sarah Stuart. The committee developed a survey that is currently being distributed to a variety of school personnel, residents and heads of other organizations that focus on youth and families. Results will help to shape the strategic plan.

The Sudbury Foundation is a private foundation working to transform lives and strengthen communities through grant making and scholarship programs in Sudbury, MA and surrounding communities.

Parenting Your Child Through Thick and Thin

ABCHY is offering Sue Blaney's latest book for $15. You can obtain a copy by sending us an email at abchyworks@gmail.com.

Sue Blaney