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Parent University

The Whole Child - Raising Kids Who Thrive!

Join us for this year's Parent University, a fun, half day event for parents with students of any age that provides knowledge and advice from community experts through a series of free workshops focusing on student's educational experience and well-being. 

Second Annual 

Location: Stoneham Central Middle School


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  • 8:30-9:00AM  - Check-in

  • 9:00-10:00 - Keynote Address

  • 10:00-11:00 - Workshop #1

  • 11:00-Noon - Workshop #2


Keynote Presentation 

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Jerry Posner Presents The Practical Power of Gratitude

“Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got ‘till its gone.”  Joni Mitchell
Clearly, life can be difficult and challenging.  Modern science suggests that a little extra focus on “the good stuff” can have significant positive results over time.  In this practical program, you’ll learn to use “grati-tools” (intentional gratitude practices) for increased happiness, decreased stress, improved relationships, and a more positive perspective … to help you navigate the sometimes choppy waters of life with greater ease!
Some topics include:
• Keys to effective practice.
• Developing a ‘gratitude bias’
• Selective perception and inattentional blindness
• The ‘happiness set-point’ – and ways to raise it
• Acknowledging those who help
• Expressing appreciation.
• The practical power of the ‘gratitude journal’
• Take a ‘gratitude break!’

Workshop Details

The Secret Lives of Teens & Tweens


This high-energy - and fun - presentation focuses on what teens are really thinking, what they fear, why they do not share more, and how adults can effectively support and communicate with their teens. Topics covered include: suicide, 'acting out' behaviors, stress, anxiety, technology, and more. 

Participants will get: 

  • Strategies they can implement immediately (who has time to wait!)

  • New ways of understanding teens and their behaviors

  • Innovative techniques for engaging teens

  • Confidence, courage, and new language to use with teens

Learn more at:

Presenter: Jon Mattleman, MS. Minding Your Mind

Thriving in the Midst of Change - Ways to Make Change Your Ally! 

Navigating the sometimes unpredictable waters of change can be challenging, to say the least!  Fortunately, there are many useful, easy-to-apply tools and techniques to increase your resourcefulness and adaptability.

You'll learn the art and science of managing stress ... ways to "prime" yourself for a positive day ... strategies for making wise choices during tough times.

"When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills." (Old proverb).  Explore some ways to harness the ‘ winds of change’ for numerous benefits!

Presenter: Jerry Posner

Partnerships for Youth

How to Become a Trusted Adult 

We all have the opportunity to become a trusted adult. Participants will learn the attributes of a trusted adult and how to support their adolescents. Our Peer Mentors will use their lived experience to exemplify the strategies that really work to engage young people.
Presenter: The NAN Project Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age

Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age 

An award-winning film that probes into the vulnerable corners of family life and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games and academics. The film offers solutions on how we can help our kids navigate the digital world.

Youth Substance Use Prevention: The What, So What, Now What!

Parents are the number one influence on a young person’s life and can have a powerful impact on preventing substance use. By starting the conversation early with your child, and continuing the conversation through the teen years, you can help prevent substance use. Strong, supportive relationships with an adult can provide a young person with much needed support for ensuring sturdy brain development and the ability to make good decisions. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn how substance use can impact the young brain in both the short and long term and key strategies for prevention.

Presenter: Lee Anne Dodge. Lee Anne Dodge is a certified prevention specialist with over twenty years of experience working with youth. She is the Program Director of SoPo Unite- A Drug Free Communities Coalition in South Portland Maine.

College Prep - The Financial Questions

The thought of financing a college education can be overwhelming for high school students and their families. Whether you’ve been saving for 18 years or 18 days, there are options to help pay for college. In this workshop, Eric will discuss all things education financing including types of financial aid, the FAFSA and why it is important, student loans and more.

Presenter: Eric J. Bergstrom, Vice President, Stoneham Financial Services Financial Advisor, RJFS, StonehamBank 

Supporting LGTBQ Youth 


We’ll review basic concepts pertaining to sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) then share personal anecdotes that exemplify providing a supportive environment for your child to feel comfortable and safe coming out at home, at school and with their pediatrician. We’ll explore how cultivating and strengthening the parent/child bond can help empower LGBTQ youth to genuinely express themselves. Resources will be shared for both LGBTQ youth and their parents.


Presenter: Gabriela Crinigan, Family Support Specialist, Child Psychiatry, Cambridge Health Alliance and Matt McCue