+Works Announces 2012-13 +Talks

+Works is pleased to announce its 2012-13 +Talks, a series of four community events between October and March created to provide a forum for addressing trending community issues. This year’s +Talks will address family-school connections, social skills, technology, and risky adolescent behaviors.

“As a catalyst for positive community change, +Works is committed to bringing people together around the issues that keep many of us up at night,” aid Sarah Fisher, +Works Co-founder & CEO.  “School connections, social connections, cyber connections, and risky adolescent connections are all topics on the minds of parents, caregivers, teachers, administrators, coaches, and community stakeholders these days. By bringing people from our +Community of Schools — and beyond — together to discuss the importance of these connections and how they impact not only individual families and school campuses but neighborhoods and entire communities, we believe we can create positive community change in this Year of the Upstander.”

All +Talks are free. Bring a friend! All are welcome.

+TALK I: SCHOOL CONNECTIONS will be held Thursday, October 11, 2012 at St. Paul’s School and will address why the way we connect at school and at home matters. Former Pershing Middle School +Principal and current Kealing Middle School/Austin ISD Principal Robin Lowe will keynote this +TalkCombo to teachers/staff from 4:30-5:30pm and to parents and all interested community members from 7:00-8:30pm.A panel discussion will follow Robin’s talk at the 7:00pm event.

+TALK II: SOCIAL CONNECTIONS will be held Thursday, November 29, 2012 at Roberts Elementary from 7:00-8:30PM. +Talk II will address why social connections to our people and our world — from birth through adolescence — matter. Roberts Elementary Social Worker and +Team Leader Barbara Chase-Hopkins,  LCSW will team-keynote with author and speaker Patina Sehorn. Panel discussion to follow.

+TALK III: CYBER CONNECTIONS will be held Wednesday, February 6,  2013 at St. Paul’s School, 7:00 – 8:30PM. +Talk III will address why keeping up with the digital world — both exciting and dangerous — matters. Dr. Amy Acosta, Clinical Psychologist with Texas Children’s Hospital, Larry Kahn,Chief Technology Officer for The Kinkaid School, and Amanda Hinton, Agent with Houston FBI’s CyberCrime Squad will team-keynote.  Panel discussion to follow.

+TALK IV: RISKY CONNECTIONS will be held in April, 2013 (date to be announced) at St. Paul’s School.  +Talk IV will address how the tween/teen brain works and why adolescent risky business matters. Crystal Morrison Collier, MA, LPC-S, Director of Clinical Development Youth Prevention & Clinical Services will keynote. Panel discussion to follow.

For more information, please contact +Works CEO Sarah Fisher at aware@positivethinkingworks.org.