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2nd Annual NTY Community Forum

A community event about youth substance use, featuring three separate sessions for middle and high school students and their parents.


Parent session: The Teen Way of Thinking

Understand how your 12-18 year old thinks and help him/her make healthy decisions.

Parents often wonder what their teen is thinking. Adolescent brains are in constant change, not as fully developed as adults’ and yet often faced with decisions that can have major consequences. Many parents want to know how they can help their child make healthy choices, especially in social settings like parties.

Dr. Marisa Silveri, Director of the Neurodevelopmental Laboratory on Addictions and Mental Health at McLean Hospital and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, will share the latest research on what we know about adolescent brain development to help parents as they guide their teens in navigating social situations. Natick Police Chief James Hicks and Natick parent and attorney Shelley Joseph will also provide helpful information every parent should know before they send their son or daughter to a party this spring.

High school session: A screening of "If Only"

Check out the Natick screening of "If Only," a film by The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation about prescription drug misuse. Prescription drug misuse is one of the leading causes of opioid addiction in the U.S. A trailer for the film is available online for viewingNatick High School students can earn two community service hours and are eligible for a raffle for VIP parking during the 4th quarter of the school year! Any high school aged student who attends may also win other raffle prizes like gift cards!

Middle school session: An interactive evening with NASSA youth leaders

Middle schoolers are invited to have fun while participating in meaningful conversations with their peers and high school students from NTY's youth leadership group NASSA (Natick Against Student Substance Abuse) about how to remain above the influence of alcohol and other drugs. Activities will include drug and alcohol trivia, a communal art project about living drug and alcohol free, and goggles that simulate the impairment caused by substances like alcohol and marijuana. NASSA students will also share real stories from NHS students about their reasons for not using alcohol and other drugs. Prizes will be given out throughout the evening!

Questions? Please contact Katie Sugarman at or 508-647-6623.

Sponsored by NTY, SPARK Kindness, SOAR Natick (Supporting Our Addicts Recovery), Natick Public Schools, the Natick Health Department, the Natick Police Department, and the Law Office of Joseph and Joseph.