Building Bright Futures 



Building Bright Futures is a series of workshops, sponsored by TriDistrict Community Education, to empower parents, caregivers, and educators to help children succeed.  There is no charge to attend these workshops.  Registration helps us plan for materials and resources.

Register online here.




Decoding the Mysteries of the Teen Domain (Top Secret Project)

Thursday, January 9
6:30-8:30 pm (Exhibit opens at 6 pm)
Henry Sibley High School
1897 Delaware Ave, Mendota Heights 
(map)

The Top Secret Project is a unique traveling exhibit designed to help parents recognize unfamiliar hazards that are often in plain sight. Using a simulated teenager’s bedroom, the interactive exhibit includes hundreds of items that when seen through an educated lens, could be a signal that there is a problem. A presentation and question and answer session will follow the tour of the exhibit. For Adults Only.
 

Co-Parenting: Making it Work  Presented by Erin Pash, M.A. LMFT

Tuesday, February 18
7-8:15 pm
Henry Sibley High School
1897 Deleware Ave, Mendota Heights (
map)

We aren’t given a manual on how to raise our tiny humans, aka our children. Bottom line parenting IS hard and not always intuitive. Take the complexities of parenting and layer on 2 (or more) parents who aren’t married and it makes it feel almost impossible! This course will outline the basics to help make Co-parenting easier. With education, tips, tricks, and communication skills, reducing stress for the kids and the parents is possible!


Warp Speed: Parenting and Working with Teens in a Digital Age Presented by: Jessica Wong, BA, Certified Prevention Professional by State of Minnesota

April 15, 2019
6:30-8:30 pm
South St. Paul Secondary
700 Second Street North, South St. Paul (map)

In today's fast paced world, technology is evolving more rapidly than our ability to understand its long-term impact on our society and our kids. In fact, research suggests that frequent use of entertainment technology by young people is actually changing the way the young brain develops and processes things such as impulse control and perception of harm. The unlimited access kids have to technology today allows them to experience an entire world at their fingertips. And while the use of technology certainly has its benefits, there are also applications that put our kids at greater risk for developing problems with things such as drugs and alcohol or bullying. This fun, fast-paced and interactive presentation will provide an overview of the digital world of teenagers, what they are doing online, the impact technology is having on social and emotional development, and how to help kids use technology in a balanced and safe way.