Health & Safety

Photo courtesy of “America to Me” - STARZ

02 October 2018

In Response to "America to Me"

Posted in Social & Emotional Learning, Health & Safety, Cognitive & Academic Peformance

A Guide to Equity Resources in Oak Park & River Forest

Equity for all children in our community is the cornerstone of SAY’s mission to empower every young person to reach their full potential.

This fall, as families were preparing for the first day of school, the equity discussion was pushed front and center when the first episode of “America to Me” aired. Filmed at Oak Park – River Forest High School over the 2015-16 school year, the documentary focuses on “the effects of race and privilege on education as seen through the eyes of young Americans on the precipice of adulthood.”

Tween Summer Plans: Structure or Free Range?

18 May 2018

Tween Summer Plans: Structure or Free Range?

Posted in Social & Emotional Learning, Health & Safety, Cognitive & Academic Peformance

Dr. Orson Morrison, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist

For many Oak Park-River Forest area families, the end of the school year is quickly approaching. As a parent myself, I’m all too familiar with the mad rush we experience in planning our children’s summer activities, particularly since high-demand programs fill up so quickly. While the younger children seem content with structured sports, arts, music, and STEM programming through various organizations like the Park Districts or Oak Park Education Foundation Base Camp, parents often get push back from tweens and older teens who are “over” structured summer camps. What’s a parent to do?

Together We Can Reduce Underage Drinking

21 November 2017

Together We Can Reduce Underage Drinking

Posted in Health & Safety

By Kelly O'Connor & Aimee Bates Oak Park - River Forest Workgroup for Positive Youth Development

Our community has an underage drinking problem.

Since 2010, in surveys of 8th to 12th graders in Oak Park and River Forest, our local youth have reported attitudes toward—and activity involving—drinking alcohol that consistently and significantly exceeds the state average.

An overly permissive attitude among adults—who either provide access to alcohol, or turn a blind eye to it—is clearly part of the problem, according to Illinois Youth Survey results as well as focus group feedback that we have gathered the past few months.

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