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EVENTS

Seminars

Help Your Teen Develop Healthy Self Esteem: Countering the Messages of Internet Porn with Sari Cooper, AASECT, Certified Sex Therapist

NYC-Parents in Action Two-Part Series: Your Child, Sex and Self Esteem: Starting the Conversation, Fostering Trust

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Seminars

Raising Sexually Smart Kids with Lindsay Fram, MPH

NYC-Parents in Action Two-Part Series: Your Child, Sex and Self Esteem: Starting the Conversation, Fostering Trust

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GUEST COLUMN

A Letter from our NYC-PIA Chairperson

Dear NYC-Parents in Action Community,

We are back and fall has arrived! The road has been bumpy these past 18 months and we applaud your fortitude as you’ve juggled school schedules, workloads, aging parents, rising college freshmen, new kindergartners, and Zoom, Zoom, Zoom!! We so appreciate your ongoing support throughout!

NYC-Parents in Action has been busy as well.

For our 2021-22 programming, we open with a compelling two-part Fall Webinar entitled, “Sex and Self Esteem: Starting the Conversation. Fostering Trust.”

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LETTER FROM THE CHAIRPERSON

A Letter from our NYC-PIA Chairperson

Dear NYC-Parents in Action Community,

We are back and fall has arrived! The road has been bumpy these past 18 months and we applaud your fortitude as you’ve juggled school schedules, workloads, aging parents, rising college freshmen, new kindergartners, and Zoom, Zoom, Zoom!! We so appreciate your ongoing support throughout!

NYC-Parents in Action has been busy as well.

For our 2021-22 programming, we open with a compelling two-part Fall Webinar entitled, “Sex and Self Esteem: Starting the Conversation. Fostering Trust.”

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In Case You Missed it

Past Event

TEEN SCENE: QUOTES FROM THE KIDS – A RETROSPECTIVE

Teen Scene, viewed over the last 20 years, proves what most of us already suspect: that for all the shifting trends decades may bring, human nature doesn’t change much. A glance at remarks from our teen panelists, chosen at random from 2001-2017, reveals that while the details may vary the big picture is pretty stable. Take a look:

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Past Event

QuaranTEEN Scene – May 2020

Since 1986, NYC-Parents in Action’s signature event, Teen Scene, has offered parents a candid, inside glimpse of life as a NYC independent high school student. We contacted a few previous panelists (some are now in college) to ask what’s changed for them under social distancing rules, in an altered world that has us all off balance.

Despite lives of cramped restraint, they make room to reflect and share their self-discoveries. You will hear what they miss most, and what they still are able to reach for, to derive comfort.

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Past Event

Teen Scene Panelists Share Hopes, Fears – and Advice for Parents

“No one wants to be met with anger when struggling.” This wise observation from one of the panelists at NYC-Parents in Action’s 34th annual Teen Scene underscores the importance of understanding your child. The panel of 16 NYC independent high school students, 9th thru 12th grade spoke candidly to a sold-out parent audience on February 10, 2020.

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Ask the Expert: Lucy Martin-Gianino

Talk about leaving a legacy! Lucy Martin-Gianino has moderated NYC-Parents in Action’s Teen Scene since its inception in 1986. As the Teen Scene moderator, Lucy oversees a teen panel offering parents a chance to hear high schoolers speak candidly about the academic, social, substance abuse and mental health issues they face growing up in the New York City independent schools. Lucy, an actress and trained facilitator, joined NYC-Parents in Action four decades ago with a desire to support PIA’s commitment to serve parents of the New York City independent schools. After 35 years, there’s not much Lucy hasn’t heard! To celebrate 35 YEARS of Teen Scene, we chatted with Lucy, fondly dubbed a “Lifer for Parents in Action.”

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Ask the Expert: Maria Underwood

Throughout this year, many NYC independent schools have re-examined their efforts to support diversity, equity and inclusion within their communities — often prompted by painful stories of bias and marginalization expressed by students and alumni of color. For the latest Q&A Corner: “Ask The Expert,” Maria Underwood, a Senior Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Educational Consultant and NYC-Parents in Action Facilitator, answered some questions to help parents navigate difficult conversations about race and bias.

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