Being overwhelmed with external and internal struggles has always been a part of being a teenager.

Not only are they learning to cope with hormonal changes and puberty, they're also facing social and parental forces, work and school pressures and encountering many conditions and problems.

Understanding what a teen is going through to help create a positive dialogue can make a difference in a parent/teen's relationship and their future outcomes.

Century School in Ullin and the Alexander/Pulaski Action Council (APAC) has collaborated to host the fifth annual Parent Extravaganza "Parenting to the Next Level" on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Century School.

This free event will include skill-building sessions for parents and guardians on topics affecting teens and their families. Attendees are asked to choose only three sessions. The titles of the sessions are:

• Youth and Sex: What Parents Should Know

• Opioid Overdose Prevention

• Signs of Suicide

• Safety Tips for Children and Families

• Can We Talk (Drugs and Our Youth)

• Trauma-Sensitive Schools

• College Preparedness

• Hidden in Plain Sight: Spotting signs of possible substance use and risky behaviors

Participants will also receive a free continental breakfast, lunch and a chance to win door prizes.

Childcare will be provided for those children, ages 3 and up. All Century School students will be eligible to receive a reward at the school, with two students winning a $50 cash prize each, if one adult family member, ages 18 and up, attends all three sessions at the event.

For more information, contact Century Superintendent Landon Sommer at To register for this event, visit Southern Seven Health Department Facebook Page and click on events, and then click on the link.

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