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Two key area events this month

Dear Steve:

I hope you are enjoying your summer.

I am sending this quick note to let you know about two events taking place in our area this month. They include a Thriving in College program for teens and their parents on Tuesday, August 9 and August 16. The other is the SAFE Coalition's Inaugural Golf Tournament at Franklin Country Club on Monday, August 22.

Both programs are geared at addressing some community needs and to continue our work to make the area a great place to live, work and raise a family.

Please pass along this email to any of your friends, family or neighbors and invite them to participate in these two remarkable programs.

Thank you for your continued support.

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Thriving at College

Ok – you got in!  You have the dorm room, supplies and some new clothes. You’ll be leaving pretty soon to take the next huge step in your life. For many teens, this is a time filled with excitement but also anxiousness and uncertainty, and certain skills need to be developed in order to overcome these fears and succeed that very first weekend and beyond.
 
Join us on Tuesday evenings, August 9th and August 16th, for two powerful workshops which will focus on solutions for some of the hurdles both teens and parents often face at the beginning of the college experience. The Thriving in College: Your First Weekend and Beyond workshop series is sponsored by the Hockomock Area YMCA Bernon Family Branch and Dean College, with support from State Representative Jeffrey Roy, the Franklin Public Schools, Community Impact, New Hope, Riverside Trauma Center and the S.A.F.E. Coalition.

 
Where:  Franklin High School
Lecture Hall
218 Oak Street, Franklin, MA

When:  August 9 and 16
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
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The topics covered during the workshops include, but not limited to:
  • Separating from family, lifelong friends, boyfriend/girlfriend
  • Creating new friendships
  • Academic pressure
  • Social pressure
The main focus of these two workshops will be how to stay strong, healthy and confident throughout your college years. Parents are invited to participate as well; the workshops will be structured so that parents and prospective college students will be in separate break-out sessions run by counselors, experienced college officials, college students and recent graduates who will share their experiences, advice and wisdom to help everyone get through the first few weeks and months (and beyond)!  
 
"We are aiming to make that transition from high school to college far less stressful for our teens and their parents," said State Representative Jeffrey Roy (D-Franklin). "We know that powerful things happen when community organizations and people come together and support each other, and these workshops are yet another example. Join us on August 9 and 16 to help make your teen's journey this fall less daunting."

“Going off to college elicits so many emotions:  excitement, anxiety and most often some combination of both.  We do a great job of helping teens get into college, but we want them to succeed once they arrive. We want teens to realize that if they are feeling anxious, they are not alone in feeling that way. The more our young people are prepared for the challenges they may face, the more positive college experience they will have, from the first weekend and beyond,” said Dr.  Anne Bergen, retired educator, host of “It Takes a Village: Raising Resilient Kids in Today’s World” and volunteer on the Bernon Family Branch YMCA’s Board of Managers.

“The transition to college can be very challenging for new students and their families. The first few weeks and months can be an emotional roller coaster,” said Cindy Kozil, Vice President of Enrollment & Retention at Dean College. “Many parents ask us how they can best support their son/daughter during this transition. We offer specific recommendations, strategies and tips to make the experience easier, less stressful and more enjoyable for all involved.”
 
These workshops are free and open to the public. We encourage all students (and their parents) just beginning college and anyone seeking more information about the college experience to attend.  
 
To preregister visit, click here and enter Thriving in College in the keyword search. Pre-registration is encouraged, and all those who pre-register and attend will be eligible to win a $100.00 gift card.

These workshops are part of the Teen Transitions program. The Hockomock Area YMCA’s Bernon Family Branch in Franklin and Dean College have joined forces to provide mentoring and guidance to young adults currently enrolled in high school. Teen Transitions is an innovative approach that pulls together professionals and industry experts living and working in our community to volunteer their time presenting tips and best practices.

SAFE Golf Tournament

A "best ball" golf tournament to benefit the S.A.F.E. Coalition will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 22 at the Franklin Country Club.

The tournament will support the outreach programs of the S.A.F.E. Coalition in Franklin, Medway, Milford and surrounding communities in Norfolk and Worcester Counties. It will also include a barbecue lunch and awards.

Registration is now open at safecoalitionma.com, and costs $150 per person and $600 for a foursome.

Ongoing S.A.F.E. programs include education, treatment options, and coping mechanisms for those affected by Substance Use Disorders. Our goals are to empower those affected, including their families, with the tools necessary to succeed on their journey to recovery.  

Our Drop-In Centers provide a gateway to professional resources including medical and psychological needs, referrals to outpatient counseling, medical detoxification, in/outpatient rehabilitation programs and other treatment modalities including Healing Hearts, Learn to Cope and Community of Hope.  

The Chiefs Roundtable provides a forum for interaction and support of our first responders while SOAR supports treatment for inmates and those involved in the judicial system.

Town Councilor Robert Dellorco, a member of the coalition, said the tournament is intended to help keep the group's "drop-in" centers - in which multiple services for addicts are brought under one roof - functioning.

"We had a grant but, in the future, we will need to fundraise," he said.

In addition to the tournament, the day will feature a barbecue lunch, a silent auction and awards, Dellorco said. And, SAFE is aggressively seeking sponsors for the new event.

"We have a lot of sponsors already, but we're looking to get as many sponsorships as we possibly can," he said.

Those interested in sponsoring the tournament may contact Dellorco at 774-571-5530. The S.A.F.E. Coalition of MA is a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization, and all contributions are tax deductible.

SAFE is also hoping as many golfers as possible register for the tournament. Dellorco said the group's target is 144 golfers, and it is looking to get the word out quickly, as the event is coming up soon.

You can view the Milford Daily News report on the tournament by clicking here.

About Hockomock Area YMCA:

Where Cause Meets Community.  At the Hockomock Area YMCA, strengthening community is our cause. The Hockomock Area YMCA is an organization of men, women, and children sharing a commitment to nurture the potential of kids, promote healthy living, and foster a sense of social responsibility.
 
Our YMCA is committed to partnering and collaborating with others to create and deliver lasting personal and social change in the 15 communities we are privileged to serve. The Hockomock Area YMCA is a not-for-profit charitable cause-driven organization with facilities in North Attleboro, Foxboro, Franklin, and Mansfield. For more information visit hockymca.org.

About Dean College:

Founded in 1865, Dean College is a private, residential college located in Franklin Massachusetts, 45 minutes from Boston, Massachusetts, and Providence, Rhode Island. Dean College offers baccalaureate degrees, associate degree programs, as well as a robust schedule of part-time continuing and professional education credit and certificate programs throughout the calendar year. For more information visit www.dean.edu.
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