The Mustang Parent Connection is an opportunity for parents, guardians, and community members to learn about 5 of the hot topics our youth of today are facing. Each session will a share the facts and strategies and tools parents may utilize in helping protect and educate their children.
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Five topics of interest have been selected according to issues youth are facing today. Attendees may choose three out of the five offered. Below is a schedule for the evening.

March 21, 2019
5:30 pm Welcome & Introductions
5:45 pm-6:25 pm Break Out Sessions
6:30 pm-7:10 pm Break Out Sessions
7:15 pm-7:55 pm Break Out Sessions

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Break Out Session Facilitators:
Dustin Hunter, M.S.: “Youth: Social Media and On-Line Behavior”
This discussion will cover some of the current trends in social media and other online behaviors, as well as some strategies parents can use to engage with their children, monitor their activities, and help them be better digital citizens.

Margaret Ochoa, CDPS: “Juvenile Sexting: What Parents Need to Know”
This session will inform parents on the juvenile sexting law in Colorado. Participants will also learn tools to help youth protect themselves on their devices, and appreciate risks and consequences beyond the legal system.

Emma Cook, CHES, TTS: “Vaping/JUULS: What all Parents Need to Know”.
Vaping has recently become a significant public health issue, especially among youth. The rate of youth vaping in Colorado is 2x the national average at 27%. In addition, almost half of El Paso County high school students reported they have tried an electronic cigarette. This presentation is essential for parents to understand more about the culture around vaping, the new products on the market, health effects associated with these products and how to talk to young people about vaping.

Kathy Orr, RN, BSN- Executive Director of Peaceful Households: “Early Experiences and Brain Development”.
This presentation will provide a brief overview on brain development. Learn how early childhood experience may influence not only brain development, but may also effect life-long health, and overall wellbeing.

Joyce Stafford M.A., EDS and Serena Vogel M.A. "Mental Health in our Youth".
This session will discuss how schools and families can work together to better understand the early warning signs of mental health issues and how best to support our youth with interventions and strategies at home and school.

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