How Parents Can Help Middle Schoolers Build Confidence and Character

Learn more about how adults can help middle school youth build confidence and character. These topics are discussed in the article from MindShift:

– The Magic of Middle School

– Strengthening the Parent-Child Connection

– Keep the Lines of Communication Open

– An Attitude of Curiosity

– Coach Through the Interference

Does Your Teen Have a Digital Curfew

A new study finds devices at bedtime are cutting into teens’ much-needed sleep time and directly impacting their mental health.


To read the full article on Great Schools please click here.

Ten Habits to Strengthen Your Relationship with Your Child

This article from Psychology Today gives great tips to help your relationship with your child.

1. Aim for 12 hugs (or physical connections) every day.

2. Play.

3. Turn off technology when you interact.

4. Connect before transitions.

5. Make time for one-on-one time.

6. Welcome emotion.

7. Listen, and Empathize.

8. Slow down and savor the moment.

9. Bedtime snuggle and chat.

10. Show up.

To read to full article click here


Growing Up Drug Free- A Parent’s Guide to Prevention

The U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Healthy Students, just released this great resource

Click here to access the full document


RBS Training at the Freeport Community Center

Thank you to Officer Mike McManus of the Freeport Police Department and Mike Mack, Regional Juvenile Correctional Manager who provided a Responsible Beverage Server training to local restaurant employee’s today.

The next training will be on Wednesday, June 7th from 8:30a-12:30p at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport. Please contact Casco Bay CAN to register or for more information.

MYAN Youth Leadership Conference

Last Wednesday and Thursday, students from the Casco Bay CAN service area attended Maine Youth Action Network’s Annual Leadership Conference at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. The conference provided the students with skills and confidence to make positive social and policy change in their communities, increase connections among youth and adults across the state, provide resources to assist youth in making community change, and build a greater knowledge of the issues that ultimately promote youth wellness.

Show below: Madysen West (Gr. 9, GNG High School), Olivia Bourne (Gr. 9, GNG High School), Ana Lipp (Gr. 10, Greely High School) and Jane Lipp (Gr. 8, Greely Middle School)


Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Life of a Student Athlete- Tip of the Week: Overcoming barriers to performance is how groups become teams

Every team is made up of a set of diverse individuals who bring a variety of strengths to their sport. When a group of athletes are faced with a difficult opponent, they share a purpose to be part of something larger – to score that one goal or even to defeat the team who has been undefeated all season. Make it a priority to understand your group’s common goal and use the benefits of working as a team to accomplish that goal.

Family Day: Be Involved. Stay Involved.

Today is The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse’s National Family Day. It is a national movement to celebrate parental engagement as an effective tool to help keep America’s kids substance free.