On Tuesday evening, May 17th, the Historic Sheridan Inn will be the venue for a "Tell it to Me Straight - Dinner Like No Other" event.
Sponsored by Sheridan County Public Health, the Wyoming Department of Education, and Wyoming Department of Health and Sheridan Media, the dinner will be held as a means to encourage parents to listen to their teens, and open lines of communication to talk about "the hard stuff."
Facilitator John Beranek of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, gives us some background.
Beranek, who used to work for with the Youth Corrections System in South Dakota, was asked to facilitate the group, initially comprised of students from the high schools in Sioux Falls.
When they were assured that they could talk to adults about anything, Beranek tells us.
With a hard-hitting ad campaign – you've been hearing those airing on our Sheridan Media stations – the teens began holding local dinners with parents, and the “Tell It to Me Straight” concept was born.
They also developed a fresh and innovative website, “donttellmyparents.org”, on which their television ads can be viewed. Created by the teens, the ads end with the question, "If you're not talking to your teens about sex, who is?"
About fifteen to twenty Sheridan County students will be the educators and parents and other adults will be the students at the May 17th “Tell it to Me Straight” dinner. While the majority of the students are from Sheridan High School, there will also be students from Sheridan Junior High, Big Horn High School and Tongue River High School. Beranek outlines how the dinners are conducted.
To RSVP for the 100 available seats for the free dinner on May 17th, visit: http://www.donttellmyparents.org...
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