Held at the Aspen District Theatre on May 20th, 5:30 – 7:30pm, there will be two conversations occurring on this evening addressing concerns with the health of our teens, and providing tools and resources on coping strategies for teens, their families and our community. In the first conversation parents and teens will share their stories on addiction, rehab and recovery, shedding light on the health issues our teens face today, and what to watch for in the family. Guest speakers include; Jamie Blume, experienced holistic wellness coach, professional mentor, and Founder of “Along Their Way”. Jamie will be sharing the platform with her 19 year old son Eli. Also speaking will be local photographer Catherine Adams and her 14 year old daughter who will speak to what it’s like to be a sibling of a sister going through rehab. Catherine is the founder of Aperture of Hope, photography workshop programs designed as a creative outlet for kids who are facing challenges in life. Ashley has reached out to and spoken with kids in small group settings about how substance affects the family letting them know that they are not alone on this journey. E.B. Nix, the Family Engagement Coordinator/Child Welfare Caseworker for Pitkin County’s Adult and Family Services Department will also join us in this conversation. A recovering addict and alcoholic almost 4 years sober, E.B. began coping with life with alcohol and marijuana, ending up being admitted to Valley View Hospital’s ER from alcoholism, a day where she knew she needed to make a choice of living or dying. She chose life. E.B. will be 4 years sober on May 5th, 2019 and is honored to share her message of hope, the importance of connections, self-forgiveness, self-compassion, and to never give up on yourself. The conversation will be moderated by Aspen Strong Founder Christina King.
Between conversations, Sonja Linman, Glenwood Springs Middle School Prevention Specialist and Founder of Yampah High School, will give a presentation on the WHY of all risks and why some kids get stuck and others don’t. Bruce Benjamin, Pitkin County Juvenile Investigator will address the laws for teens and the legal consequences for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
The second conversation will address teen concerns and how we as a family and a community can help our youth to thrive. Guest Speakers include; Dr. Ben Peery, Critical Care Specialist; Lance Nabers, Aspen Mind Springs Development Director; Katherine Sand, Aspen Family Connections Director; Sonja Linman, Glenwood Springs Middle School Prevention Specialist and Founder of Yampah High School; Craig Farnum, PhD, NCC School Based Clinician, Aspen Hope Center; Pitkin County Deputy Cameron Daniel (former counselor at Youth Zone). Moderated by Liz Means Executive Director for A Way Out.
The health of our teens in our valley has been of major concern, and the time is now to have this live-streamed global conversation addressing teen health. Teens, parents and principals from all the Roaring Fork Valley schools are being invited to participate.
The purpose of this event is to bring health professionals and families closer together in conversation to talk about our teens, and to provide the resources available both in our valley and beyond.
** All high school students are invited to become an Aspen Connect Ambassador and sign up to volunteer at the Aspen District Theatre on the evening of Monday, May 20th. Ambassadors will be asked to meet and greet guests and attend the symposium (those attending AHS will receive a total of 4 volunteer service hours + more for recruiting others). This will be an excellent community service to add to your portfolio, not to mention an extremely informative evening for all.
In addition, we invite students from every high school in the valley to be included in a short film I hope to make where students will have the chance to voice their concerns and possible solutions that they think could help our teens. Please email Jillian if interested.
** Complimentary tickets are being offered to students ages 13-21, health professionals, teachers and families in need. I also hope to bring in a Spanish Interpreter for the evening. Reserve your tickets now.