APS Offers Teen Chats for Students in the Class of 2015 and 2016 As the end of the school year approaches, APS is providing an opportunity for juniors and seniors to participate in a series of three “Teen Chats” to talk about topics that young adults may face and to help teens prepare for life after high school. The Teen Chat sessions are for members of the Class of 2015 and 2016 to talk with experts and former students in a safe space. These sessions are for students only. No parents or teachers will be in attendance and there will be no lectures. All three sessions will take place in the Washington-Lee cafeteria from 7-8:30 p.m. The topics include:
- Drugs, Alcohol and Stress – Tue, May 26
- Safe Dating/Sexual Assault – Mon, June 1
- Managing Money – Thu, June 11
Free pizza and drinks will be provided, and there will be a gift card raffle for those in attendance. Students should RSVP online at www.facebook.com/ArlingtonPublicSchools/events. Tips for Parents: Families are encouraged to talk with their students after the sessions. A “Please Hear Me Out” card has been developed as a way to help families get the conversation started – click here to print a copy of the card. “Please Hear Me Out” is a simple but potentially powerful tool that families and caregivers can use to open up these important conversations. The cards will also be given out at the Teen Chat sessions to encourage teens to continue the conversations at home. The Teen Chats are being sponsored by School Board member Abby Raphael, Arlington Public Schools, the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth and Families, the Teen Network Board, Arlington’s Ready Coalition, the Arlington Community Federal Credit Union and Doorways for Women and Families.