Monday, January 28, 2013

"The Second Time Around: Grandparents Raising Grandkids"

Youth Connect is partnering with Sewickley Valley YMCA's Family Behavioral Resources Center to offer a wellness workshop called "The Second Time Around: Grandparents Raising Grandkids".  This seminar will take place on Thursday, February 21, 2013 in Sewickley Valley YMCA's Community Activity Center from 10 - 11:30 AM

This workshop addresses the very distinct, challenging, and rewarding experiences that families face when grandparents are raising their grandchildren.  This interactive presentation will provide participants with helpful parenting tips that are balanced with self care. A list of local and state resources will be presented at the workshop.  

Featured Presenters:
Catherine Hughes: Catherine is the Director of Family Support for Family Behavioral Resources. Catherine attended Penn State University for Liberal Arts and has 10 years experience in the behavioral health field. Catherine provides caring support to fami-lies and is a valuable community resource She provides training, workshops and is an advocate for early intervention to children with a diagnosis Catherine is the Presi-dent of the Family Behavioral Resources Foundation and volunteers for several com-munity organizations She is also the Director of Family Support Services for AERI Behavioral Health Services.

Brandy Weatherspoon
Brandy serves Family Behavioral Resources as the BHRS Clinical Director for FBR in Robinson She has a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from Lock Haven University and a Masters Degree in Professional Counseling from Carlow University. She also has nine years of experience in social service. Brandy has extensive experience in dealing with substance abuse, the “at risk” population and behavioral health needs. Brandy is the Team Captain for Walk Now Autism Speaks in Pgh. and also serves on the Walk Planning Committee.

To register call 412-741-9622 or register on-line at
For more information contact Karen at 412-741-9622

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Teens Lead Discussion on the Big Issues From Their World

Youth Connect, in partnership with Sewickley Academy and QV Voice, presents "Teen Talk," a panel discussion for parents and other caregivers.  The discussion, slated for Friday morning, January 25, will be led by a group of Sewickley Academy Upper School students, as well as members of the QV Voice Peer Advocates, Quaker Valley high school students dedicated to encouraging their fellow students to express opinions and providing resources and strategies through engagement in lunch discussion groups and school-wide presentations and activities.

The student discussion leaders will share some of the major issues teens are facing today, and what parents and other adults can do to help them navigate the teen years.  Using a set of scenarios to describe what a typical teen encounters and works through during the course of his or her high school career, the panel will engage the audience in thinking about ways adults--particularly parents and caregivers--can offer support without being shut down by a self-conscious teem.

"Teen Talk" will take place in the 2nd floor community room at Sewickley Public Library, 500 Thorn Street, starting at 9 am on Friday, January 25th, 2013.  The program is free and open to the public.  

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Sewickley Series Presents "The Power of Two"

Don't miss another incredible installment of Sewickley Academy's Silk Screen Film Series this Saturday! The film that will be shown is "The Power of Two: Twin Sisters, Two Cultures, Two New Chances at Life".

Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 2:00 PM
Gregg Theater
Sewickley Academy

"The feature directorial debut of Academy Award nominated producer Marc Smolowitz, The Power of Two offers an intimate portrayal of the bond between half-Japanese twin sisters Anabel Stenzel and Isabel Stenzel Byrnes, their lifelong battle with the fatal genetic disease cystic fibrosis (CF), survival through miraculous double lung transplants, and improbable emergence as authors, athletes and advocates for organ donation and those suffering from CF in the United States and Japan."

For more information about the entire film series and to register, visit

All Sewickley Series events are free and open to the public.