Today! Forum On Teen Mental Health

Concerned about your teen?  Want to make help them manage stress and anxiety?  Concerned about their peers? Come to our parent friendly forum TODAY and ask your questions and find answers.

WHEN:  5:30 to 6:45 pm March 13, 2018

WHERE Family Impact Center, 105 E. Ash St, Second Floor

School board candidates will be at the opening reception (5:30 to 5:45 pm).

Teresa Maledy, Tyler Lero, and Christine King have also submitted answers to our questions and you can read their responses by clicking on their names.


Teen Mental Health: What Parents Need to Know

We  will be holding a forum for parents on teen mental health, next Tuesday, March 13, 5:30 pm at the Family Impact Center, 105 E. Ash, 2nd Floor.  We will start with a short reception for hosts and board candidates from 5:30 to 5:45 pm, our program will run from 5:45 to 6:15 pm and then there will be an opportunity for questions and discussion. We hope to see you there!

Candidates, Bullying, And More! Join Us March 16.

You can join us March 16 at 6:15 for our annual parent friendly school board candidate forum. What makes our forum parent friendly?  You get to ask your own questions, actually talk to the candidates, and both food and childcare are available. Can’t stay for the entire forum or need to arrive late?  Not a problem!  With our format it is easy to come and go. We understand the difficulties you have juggling your family schedule and will welcome you for the time you have to share.  So please come!  Forum will last approximately an hour. As last year, the forum will be held at United Community Builders, 617 North Providence.  Our forum is co-sponsored with the CMSTA.

You can actually join us BEFORE the forum for  a workshop on the new bullying law and related district policy. That begins at 5:30 pm. As a parent you need to know how the changes could affect your child, and what to do if your child is bullied or accused of bullying. You can find many good resources related to bullying here.

If you are a parent or other community member concerned about maintaining and strengthening our public school system so that ALL kids have a fair opportunity to succeed we welcome you to come meet us, share your concerns, and join in our work!

5:30 pm Workshop – What Parents Need To Know About Bullying

6:15 pm School Board Candidate Forum

March 16, 2017,  617 N. Providence



Bullying and The Presidential Election

As you prepare your kids for school, be aware that what they may be watching on t.v. or on the internet about our national politics may not be teaching the lessons we would have them learn.  Review this report from the Southern Policy Law Center about the “Trump effect” and what it means for bullying.  Whatever your political leanings, talk to your kids about how to treat others and what to do when meeting a bully.


Forum For Parents On Youth Violence

The Mayor’s Task Force on Community Violence in Columbia will be holding its listening session for parents TOMORROW September 11 at 7 pm.  The forum is at Progressive Missionary Baptist Church,702 Banks Ave. Dinner will be available. You can read more details here.  If you can’t attend the forum and have thoughts or recommendations you would like to share, do so here.  Lots of good information, including a sidebar of risk factors for youth here.  Let’s all work together to help all kids learn and thrive in our community.