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Keep Calm and Back 2 School

There is no doubt that, for most parents and young people, the rush of back-to-school may present some challenges. Those last minute school supplies, getting the schedule organized, after-school care and activities…the list goes on.
Here are some quick tips to help ease the transition back into the school year and possibly reduce a little bit of the tension and anxiety of the coming school year.
  1. Reset sleep schedules two weeks prior to the first day of school. During the summer months, sleep schedules tend to become less structured. Routines are not as pressing when the rush to school is on hiatus. When it comes time to return to school, it’s important that young people, and parents, are prepared in advance and give their bodies and brains plenty of time to get used to the school year routine.
  2. Let kids choose a planner or scheduling tool that they're excited to use. It’s challenging for a lot of parents to get their young people to actually use a day planner or like tool to stay on track throughout the year. It’s no secret that young people want to feel empowered to make decisions all by themselves. A simple way to meet them where they are at is to give them the opportunity to select a tool that will work for them as well as put parents’ minds at ease.
  3. Create a family calendar that tracks everyone's activities and commitments. Parents and young people are busy, busy, busy. Sometimes, a simple and accessible universal calendar can help the whole family stay on track and in-the-know.
  4. Refresh your rules about screen time for the school year. What's allowed and when? There is no doubt that electricity rules these days! The lure of electronic devices can be intensely distracting for all members of the family so it’s important to review and revise the family rules around how much TV is viewed during the school week, when time phones get shut down at night, and having a central location for devices where the whole family participates. Rules are easier to follow when leading by example.
  5. Establish a set "Family Time," whether it's during dinner or before bed. Studies show that belonging and connectedness improves mental health and learning. It is generally thought that what happens at family meals, rather than the meals themselves, fosters this protective effect. If family meals are frequent and consistent—for example, five or more dinners together each week—mealtime can serve as a conduit for open, ongoing communication, a time when family members talk about their days.

More Tips to Reduce Back to School Stress

Transitioning back to school can be an exciting time offering new friendships and possibilities. The prospect of returning to school can also cause stress for students; in fact, the American Psychological Association’s 2013 Stress in America survey shows school is the top source of stress for teens, followed by the pressure of getting into a good college and making other choices that will affect their future.
Creating opportunities for regular communication can help to reduce many of the stresses and fears your student may be experiencing about heading back to school.
Here are some tips on how to do that:
  1. Ask your student open ended questions about their thoughts and feelings regarding the upcoming school year.
  2. Listen as they share what is most important to them. Most students (especially teens) are adapting to an ever-changing social landscape and searching for a unique identity in addition to considering how their academic performance will affect their future.
  3. Validate their concerns. Sometimes your own anxiety can make you feel pressured to fix everything or trivialize typical adolescent concerns. Instead, respond with reflective listening phrases such as, “It sounds like you are worried about how hard your classes will be this year.”
  4. Share what it was like for you to start a new school year. A little humility goes a long way and it can be fun to reminisce about what was most important to you as a student their age.
  5. Finally, and most importantly, make sure your student knows that they are loved and accepted regardless of their academic or athletic performance. Research has shown that unrealistic parental expectations can have a lasting and damaging effect on children and teens’ mental health.
Along with healthy communication, balancing stressful activities with activities you enjoy, exercising regularly, and getting plenty of rest are also helpful in reducing stress for both adults and teens.

Marlon Morgan, MA., LPCC is the Founder and Executive Director for Wellness Together, a nonprofit counseling agency that provides community and school-based mental health services to students and families throughout Placer County.
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  • Meetings and Events
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Building A Strong Foundation for Youth! Developmental Assets

An introduction to Developmental Assets from Search Institute

What Is Asset Building?

Asset building is a positive approach to working with children and youth that focuses on cultivating the relationships, opportunities, skills, values, and commitments they need to grow up healthy, caring, and responsible. It is based on Search Institute’s research-based framework of 40 Developmental Assets.

Benefits of Asset Building 

  • The more assets young people experience, the better. Youth with high asset levels are the likely they are to engage in high-risk behaviors and are more likely they are to engage in thriving behaviors. For example, youth with high asset levels (31–40) are 15 times less likely to use alcohol than those with 0–10 assets. Learn more about the relationship between assets and youth outcomes.
  • Assets matter for all groups of youth. These kinds of relationships hold true across all groups of youth studied, including those from many racial-ethnic backgrounds, communities of all sizes, and different socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Asset building offers common ground and a shared vision for what young people need to succeed. The framework is used by people from all sectors of society, across the ideological spectrum, and from a wide range of religious traditions, including people who are not religious.
  • Being intentional about building assets contribute to young people’s social, emotional, and spiritual growth.

What Makes Asset Building Work?

  • The focus is on strengths, not problems or deficits. Asset building recognizes that young people are resources to their communities, not problems to be fixed or pushed aside.
  • Young people are recognized as resources for asset building, and their involvement as leaders is vital.
  • Everyone can build assets, not just professionals. Asset builders can include young people, parents, extended family members, youth workers, neighbors, and teachers.
  • Cultivating meaningful, sustained relationships is a major focus. Assets are built through enduring relationships across generations, within families, among peers, and More Information on Asset Building
Search Institute's Web page on Developmental Assets


By Kris Wyatt, President, Friends of McBean Park
CALY Leadership Member

I want to be HAPPY?  How about you?
With all the craziness around us, you might think; “How in the world can we be HAPPY?”  I’m here to say, you can be Happy/Happier! How?  First and foremost: You make the decision that you are going to be HAPPY.  Each morning when I wake up I decide I am going to be happy and that all starts with being grateful.
Being grateful allows me the decision to think of positive things before I get ready to move forward each day.  In the quiet of the morning, (I know that may be difficult, but I get up before the rest of the house decides to wake up.  I have my private time.)
  1. In my Journal, I write 3 things I am grateful for.
  2. For 15 minutes I either read or listen to positive podcasts.  My favorite is “Live Happy” podcasts.
  3. Get moving… 
And it really is my simple daily habits that can make for a more positive impact on my life.  I know what needs to be done. I love when I don’t have to think about some of the necessities in life.  This gives me more time to focus on what energizes me.
My HAPPY is planning activities/events, visiting with friends over breakfast or just coffee, or taking a walk/bike ride. 
Not there yet...
  1. Get connected, our social community is important to our health and well-being and yes our Happiness. 
  2. Be playful, take that break from your daily stresses.  Walk away for a few minutes and play.   
  3. See the glass half full; Gratitude, being grateful.
My husband, thought I was goofy when I say, “I am going to be Happier!”  He looked at me and thought ok she is losing it…but I strive to be a Happier person every day, my attitude is different, I have better relationships with people, I am healthier, I am more energetic, I don’t let the little things bug me so much.  Do I have a fail, sure but there is always tomorrow.
Please feel free to check out for loads of resources to LIVE HAPPY
 CPY 2016 Summer Leadership Retreat A Success! This all day training event was held in both Rocklin’s new and beautiful Quarry Park and the Rocklin Police Department on July 21st. We had 18 attendees and a few guest facilitators which included the awesome Paul Burke from Blacktop Comedy who worked with us on teambuilding,  the crew from Sagent Marketing, Inc. who held a great Social Media Workshop and conversations between participants and our Rocklin P.D. School Resource Officers to foster relationship building between law enforcement and youth. Attendees received an overview on the Coalition for Placer Youth – Rocklin's organizational structure, goals and strategies to learn where they best fit into our leadership. CPY leadership is dedicated to increasing wellness in Rocklin and greater Western Placer County as we work to prevent and reduce youth substance use and abuse.  One attendee stated, “Everyone was very welcoming and accepting and as a parent I am happy to see all this effort to save our youth...Thanks for all you do!” We welcome all new leadership members and offer thanks again to our wonderful event sponsors: Panera Bread, Jamba Juice, Starbuck’s Coffee, Safeway and the CPY Leadership Team. Email Christina Ivazes:  to be notified for next year’s Summer Leadership Retreat.

Placer County Meetings & Events

Meeting: CPY Leadership – Coalition for Placer Youth Rocklin
Thursday, August 4th 3:30-5:00 p.m. 
Rocklin Library Community Room
4890 Granite Drive, Rocklin
Contact: Christina Ivazes 530-889-7238
Free Forum: CPY August 25th Forum - De-Escalating Conflict with Your Teen & Improving Communication
Thursday, August 25th 
4:00-6:00 p.m.
St. Matthew Lutheran Church
5901 Lonetree Blvd.  Rocklin 95765
Contact: Christina Ivazes 530-889-7238  to RSVP. Space is limited.

Parent Resources

Partnership for  Drug Free Kids  - where families find answers


Answering your child's tough questions about alcohol


A Parent's Guide to the Teen Brain - Skills, Tools & Tips


Parent Tool Kit 


Small conversations can make a big impression www.samhsa.talktheyhearU  




Parents toll-free helpline 


Mon. to Fri.  10 am - 6 pm ET

(English and Spanish)


Time to Act

Think your teen is using? Step-by-step guide for parents who suspect their teen is using alcohol 

or drugs. 

CALL 916-258-2303 OR GO TO  

Prevent opioid addiction: Prescription drug addiction and opioid overdose are both preventable. The new Rx Drug Safety Placer Nevada Coalition has produced a brochure to help prevent opioid addiction and overdose. Please download it here to have this preventive information available for yourself and to review with your loved ones. Download brochure

Teen Resources

Teen Plan


Teen Group: UROC  

Lots of fun, safe, and age appropriate activities for youth.  

Meets Friday nights from 7-9 PM

Crossroads Community Church

3860 Oak Street, Rocklin CA 


Contact Dan Britton   ( 916) 624- 8246  


Placer County Youth Commission



Facts for teens about drugs


Placer Sheriff's Activity League (PSAL)

activities for youth - 

Mondays 2pm - 4:30pm

Wednesdays 3pm - 5:30pm

Fridays 3pm - 5:30pm

Rock Creek Elementary,Auburn    

Contact Detective Shon Schoer

(916) 652-2422


Rocklin Police Activities League

Activities program for Rocklin youth!

For information contact Chris Osborne, Rocklin Police Dept. 

Español - Recursos Para Padres


free, bilingual online resource



Bilingual - Línea Telefónica Gratuita


(Lunes - Vierness 10am-6pm (hora estándar del este)


Concilio de Liderazgo Latino

Is your smartphone robbing your child of attention essential to cyber-safety?

Submitted by Joanna Jullien, CEO of Core Connectivity,
Leadership Member of the Coalition for Rocklin Youth

A recent article  published by the American Academy of Pediatrics encourages parents to put down their smart phones and pay undivided attention to their young children who need the personal, face-to-face interaction to develop social and communication skills. A bigger concern is that youth are becoming addicted to screens, and hostile cyberbully behavior is becoming a new social norm. And yet the simple fact remains that all behavior is learned. So the priority we give to tasks and devices, versus engaging young minds in conversation and shared interests, affects the social and communication skills of the young child which is essential to making a cyber-safe and peaceful society.

Below are a couple of considerations to change the dynamic of your home, so that there is more conversation about what is happening in your child’s life and their interests and discipline about the use of apps and devices is clearly demonstrated.

Family approved app list
Establish a family approved app list, which lists the apps that every individual in the home is authorized to use, based upon age-appropriateness, function and need. The house rule is that only “approved” apps are downloaded on devices. This does two main things: 1) when your child comes to you to talk about an app they want to use, it is an opportunity to learn more about what interests your child and why; and 2) this is the time when you review with your child the criteria for downloading an app, such as: the purpose (how will it make your life better?), the source (who is behind the app, are they trustworthy?), and the risks (what are the risks associated with this app?).

Some new apps are "adult swim." They can deliver up connections and content that involve gratuitous sex and violence, or involve people seeking to make sexual connections, or pedophiles grooming young hearts and minds for sexually exploitative encounters. Other apps might contain malware which can introduce identity theft.  These are important conversations to have in very age-appropriate ways with your child.

Establish age-appropriate boundaries
It helps to offer your child a guide, or a pathway, to eventually have possession of their own smart phone. By the time kids are entering sixth grade, they are equipped with their own mobile phone, and most schools are requiring the use of apps at home to complete classroom assignments. So, it helps to establish cyber rites of passage (see Core Connectivity video at

Undivided parent attention also sends a signal to children about their inherent value. If children and teens are primarily receiving divided attention, this inspires insecurity which can easily play into the cyberbully dynamic in their social networks. The challenge for the modern parent in this regard, is that the children are incredibly tech-savvy and checking the attraction to the devices is very difficult – especially when the modern lifestyle involves multi-tasking and the use of devices to stay on top of responsibilities and tasks.

Better. Faster. Smarter. Stronger.

The Athlete Committed campaign is about providing support to athletes, coaches and parents. This campaign urges athletes to renew their commitment to excellence! This is a commitment of personal responsibility, shared expectations and collective responsibility… to never lose their focus and never compromise on their values. The simple truth is that athletes have the power to greatly influence their performance by making better life choices about nutrition, sleep, alcohol and drugs. Being an Athlete Committed means you are focused on being your best–in sports and in life.

Building on the model program Life of an Athlete, pioneered by John Underwood, Athlete Committed focuses on creating athlete, parent and coach commitments to create positive, supporting environments free of substance use, bullying and harassment and it not only focuses on individual accountability, it incorporates principals to address “bystander” behaviors. The key components of Athlete Committed include: Code of Conduct - character based expectations of student athletes, as well as clear consequences for any code violation; Mandatory Parent/Athlete Code Meeting - All athletes along with their parent/guardian are required to attend the mandatory “code night” presentation to ensure that all parents and athletes are well informed of the Code of Conduct, educated on critical areas such as chemical health (substance use), bullying/harassment, nutrition, sleep and training/recovery; Team Leaders - Identified team leaders help to ensure that teammates hold each other accountable to team expectation and goals.  This includes choosing and building strong team leaders and creating a culture of high expectation among teammates; and Supportive Coaches - successful implementation of the model and in creating a team of excellence.

June 17 and 18, 2016 Training
Community partners, coaches, and athletes from surrounding counties attended comprehensive two-day training in Butte County to build and enhance skills to implement or improve Athlete Committed at their school(s).

A group of Rocklin community leaders attended the Athlete Committed Leadership Training in Butte County. This science-based program includes fascinating information from Underwood’s direct research on the how the body and mind respond to exercise, sleep, sleep deprivation, drugs and alcohol. Both of the local drug free community coalitions: Coalition for Placer Youth - Rocklin (CPY) and the Coalition for Auburn and Lincoln Youth (CALY) are working to support Athlete Committed in our local Western Placer County high schools. The Tahoe Truckee Unified School District and Nevada County high schools are already on board!
Preventing mental and/or substance use disorders and related problems in children, adolescents, and young adults is critical to Americans’ behavioral and physical health. Behaviors and symptoms that signal the development of a behavioral disorder often manifest two to four years before a disorder is present. In addition, people with a mental health issue are more likely to use alcohol or drugs than those not affected by a mental illness. (  Find help.
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A partnership of the Coalition for Rocklin Youth and Coalition for Auburn and Lincoln Youth

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