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Events - 2012-2013 Summary
Summary of Recent Events 2012-2013


Austin Whitney on Risks and Consequences of Drinking and Driving (5.13.2013)
Our speaker addressed a San Marino High School assembly prior to the prom season on making good decisions when it comes to alcohol. To learn more about Mr. Whitney, please see his website.

PfA Speaker Series: Scott Greenberg on Parenting Like Michelangelo (4.23.2013)
in conjunction with the San Marino Rotary Club

Mr. Greenberg led grade-level discussions with students at Huntington Middle School and concluded with an evening discussion with parents.

Having spent years as one of the most popular motivational speakers for youth in North America, Scott Greenberg has worked with hundreds of thousands of teenagers and identified their most common mental blocks, such as fear, negative self-talk, image concern, comparison and several others.

Scott Greenberg is a nationally renowned motivational speaker in the areas of resilience, leadership and peak performance. He's written three books on student leadership including "The Sandbags and the Fire" and is a contributing author to "Chicken Soup for the College Soul." More information is available at


PfA Speaker Series: Susan Stiffelman on Parenting Without Power Struggles: Raising Joyful, Resilient Kids While Staying Cool, Calm and Connected (4.17.2013)
Ms. Stiffelman conducted a noon-time discussion on parenting at Carver Elementary School.

Described as "this generation's Dr. Spock," Susan Stiffelman is committed to helping parents raise kids who are joyful, resilient and authentically themselves - without power struggles, negotiations, meltdowns and the various other thieves of joy that can interfere with the ability to enjoy the journey of parenthood.

Susan Stiffelman is an internationally respected parent educator, therapist, credentialed teacher and author. She is most well-known as the expert "Parent Coach" for AOL/Huffington Post's parenting channel. As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Susan has had a private practice in Malibu, CA for the past 22 years. For more information on our speaker, please visit her website.


The Bully Dudes (3.27.2013)
This event was an entertaining assembly for the Valentine Elementary students on techniques to deal with bullying. To learn more, please visit their website.

PfA Speaker Series: Jim West on Bullying: Flying Students Under the Bully Radar (3.4.2013)

Mr. West discussed empowering social peers who may not be bullied but notice bullying at school and on the school yard to speak up.

Click here or on the graphic for handouts from the event.

To learn more about our speaker, please visit his website.


Dr. Mona Delahooke moderates a conversation in the wake of the Newtown tragedy (12.19.2012)
In light of the recent tragedy in Connecticut, the Partnership for Awareness (PfA) board is aware that some parents may have questions or concerns about how to talk to children about fears and/or violence. Dr. Mona Delahooke, developmental specialist, moderated a conversation hour for parents wanting to know more about these topics. To learn more about our moderator, please visit her website.

PfA Speaker Series: Dr. Anthony Wolf on What is Adolescence? Why They Act as They Do and What You Can Do About it (11.5.2012)
Teenagers today... How are they different? They are more outspoken and less immediately obedient than in the past. Yet, their bratty behavior at home almost always has another much more civilized side that they show to the world outside, and that side is a far better indicator of who they are and who they will become. The phenomenon of adolescence - how as part of normal psychological development teenagers contract a temporary allergy to their parents - and useful ways (and not) of dealing with today's teenagers.

Dr. Wolf is a practicing psychologist in the Springfield, MA area and the author of numerous child-raising books, including his most recent I'd Listen to My Parents if They'd Just Shut Up and the best-selling and widely acclaimed Get Out of My Life but First Could You Drive Me and Cheryl to the Mall: A Parents' Guide to the New Teenager. For more information on Dr. Wolf, please click here.




PfA Parent Ed: Dr. Ginger on Beyond the Birds and Bees (10.24.2012)
"How to Have 'The Talk' with Your Child and Help Develop a Healthy Body Image"

Dr. Ginger discussed how to establish yourself as a trusted ally to your children, including how to answer the dreaded questions about the "birds and bees." With clearly outlined, age-appropriate ways to talk to your kids about their bodies and the changes they are going through. Talk focused on children from 8 - 12 years old.

Dr. Ginger Bercaw is a Clinical Psychologist, focusing on relationships and intimacy. She is passionate about giving parents the tools they need to help their children develop positive self-concepts, including body image, and to begin building a foundation for closely connected relationships later in life. Dr. Ginger is the mother of two children at Carver Elementary.




Red Ribbon Week (10.22.2012 - 10.26.2012)
PfA sponsors Red Ribbon Week at each San Marino school site with the following themes...

  • Carver Elementary: "Learning to Make Healthy Choices"

  • Valentine Elementary: "Healthy Choices" at home and at school

  • Huntington Middle School: "Drugs are NOT for Me!"

  • San Marino High School: "I am Drug Free"

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