Talk of the Towns 3/26/10

Producer/Host: Ron Beard, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

Topic: Teen choices and challenges—how do we support them?
There are many choices that teens face, some of which have consequences for physical and mental health… what are some of those choices, and how do adults—parents and other family members, teachers, coaches and others help frame the choices and encourage teens to make healthy choices?
One of the big fears that adults have for teens has to do with substances that are addictive and behaviors that have dangerous consequences—smoking, binge drinking, drugs, unprotected sex, driving while under the influence.  What are the ways you have found effective to help teens understand the consequences, helping them to make good decisions?
What can adults do to better support teens with these choices and passages?
What can teens do to support each other with these choices and passages?
Guests: Don Ficker and Tony Beal, Jonesport-Beals High School; Milja Brecher-Demuro, Healthy Acadia; Barb Ames, Youth Program Coordinator, Bucksport Parks and Recreation; Terra Ashworth, Jazz Maddocks, Scott O’Donnell and Katie Bridges, students from Bucksport.