During a barbecue several years ago, youth advocate Irv West of Thurman confronts his lama 'Critter' when the creature feasted on some corn while West took a short break from meal preparation. West is offering a public presentation at 6 p.m. Wednesday May 8 at Crandall Library in Glens Falls about reaching out to youth who may be experiencing problems or stress — as well as effective ways of advocating for teens when dealing with school and health care authorities.
With the ever-greater pressures of school work, peer interaction and parental expectations, today’s teenagers face more stress than ever, youth advocate Irv West has observed.
Yet many teens that are overwhelmed and stressed out are medicated with psychoactive drugs rather than listened to, he continued.
West, from Thurman, is conducting a session from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday May 8 in the Crandall Library auditorium in Glens Falls that examines how to relate to teens as well as taking measures to improve the quality of their lives.
West said this week his talk includes ideas for parents on how to hold schools and health care services accountable; how to advocate for children, and tips on how to improve communication with youth.
A second workshop session, set for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday May 15, is to address individual problems that participating parents or caregivers are having with their teenagers.
Reservations are not necessary for the May 8 presentation, and both events are free of charge.
However, parents and caregivers should pre-register for the May 15 workshop, and those reservations will be accepted at the May 8 presentation. Workshop participation is limited to 25 people.
Irv also invites citizens to join a discussion of these issues through his online forum which can be accessed at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/myteenisincrisisandsoami