Adult Programs

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The Poe Center believes that educating children and youth on the importance of making positive health decisions is more impactful when parents, caregivers and adult community members are well-informed of today’s issues. Participating in these programs empower parents, caregivers and other adults to take an active role in the future health of North Carolina children and youth.

Adult participants who attend the following programs are able to effectively facilitate important discussions with children and youth on the following topics.

  • Alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use
  • Bullying prevention and awareness
  • Sexual health responsibility and development
  • Nutrition and physical activity

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#YouthCulture

Grade Level: Adults Only | Program Length: 2 hour workshop (In-Person), 75 minute workshop (Online)

This program also offers a youth component to each session. Ask us about this!

This program empowers parents and other youth serving adults by taking a look at the world surrounding our youth and how it impacts their perceptions and behavior. This session examines consequences and health effects of substance use including the impact on adolescent brain development and the increased risk for addiction. This session includes information on internet safety, sexting, healthy relationships, risk factors, and protective factors. A discussion on strategies to increase protective factors and to support youth to make healthy decisions. Participants will be equipped with tools and resources to support ongoing conversations with youth.

Additional scheduling options consist of 90 minute modules (75 minute modules for Online programs):

Adolescent Brain Development and the Role of Social Media

This program examines the impact of social media on emotional, social and physical health. Participants will explore how adolescent brains process information and make decisions and how that impacts their online experience. This session includes the latest research, examines the risk factors and identifies the protective factors to reduce negative aspects online. A discussion on strategies to increase those protective factors and to support empowering youth to make healthy decisions will be covered. Participants will be equipped with tools and resources to support ongoing conversations.

Healthy Teen Relationships

This program dives into healthy teen relationships including dating relationships. The program examines adolescent brain development and decision-making along with exploring types of peer pressure and the influence on youth behaviors. This session includes the latest research on teen relationships including warning signs for dating violence, impacts of social media, and risk factors of adolescent substance use. Participants will gain tools and resources to support ongoing conversations with youth.

Adolescent Brain Development and Addiction

This program examines consequences and health effects of substance use including the impact of adolescent brain development and the increased risk for addiction. This session includes the latest research, examines the risk factors for use, and the protective factors that help prevent youth substance use. A discussion on strategies to increase those protective factors and to support empowering youth to make healthy decisions will be covered. Participants will be equipped with tools and resources to support ongoing conversations.

Navigating Conversations with Your Child

This program focuses on the importance of communication with young people on substance use, social media and healthy teen relationships. The adolescent brain often processes the world differently than the adult brain and that impacts communication and understanding. Participants will learn about resources and tools to assist in developing and tailoring these important conversations with youth. This session includes the latest research, examines the risk factors and the protective factors that help prevent risky behaviors. A discussion on strategies to increase those protective factors and to support empowering youth to make healthy decisions will be covered. Participants will be equipped with tools and resources to support ongoing conversations.

Opioids 101

This interactive session examines the prevalence and consequences of opioid use including prescription pain medicine and heroin in our communities. Session includes how to recognize the risk factors, youth perception of risk, scope of the opiate problem, signs and symptoms, and action steps to help protect your family and community. Participants will receive resources and tools to help guide conversations with youth and to support proper monitoring, securing, and disposing of medications.

E-cigarettes 101

This program addresses the growing concern of e-cigarette use among youth. Participants will explore consequences and health effects of e-cigarette use including its impact on adolescent brain development. This session includes the latest research, examines the risk factors for use, and the protective factors that help prevent use. A discussion on strategies to increase those protective factors and to support empowering youth to make healthy decisions will be covered. Participants will be equipped with tools and resources to support ongoing conversations.

Find more information about #YouthCulture HERE!

 

Drugs Uncovered: What Parents & Adults Need to Know

Grade Level: Adults Only | Program Length: 2 hours

This program offers a shortened, 90-minute version of DU, as well as a youth component.  Ask us about this!

Drugs Uncovered: What Parents & Adults Need to Know is an interactive program that targets parents of upper elementary, middle school and high school students. Drugs Uncovered introduces parents to the current trends regarding alcohol, tobacco and other drugs; health risks associated with adolescent use/abuse; the North Carolina alcohol laws and parental responsibility; and techniques for open communication and dialog with adolescents.

Resources:
The Science of Addiction: Genetics and the Brain
The Brain: Understanding Neurobiology Through the Study of Addiction
 

Bullying Uncovered: Increasing Protective Factors for Our Youth

Grade Level: Adults | Program Length: 90 minutes

Bullying Uncovered is a 90 minute interactive program for adults who interact with youth. The program explores bullying definitions, statistics, and trends that include cyberbullying. Through small group activities, participants will learn how positive adult modeling and school climate impacts bullying prevention as well as tools to use to help children and youth experiencing bullying. Customized programs designed specifically for school staff, school transportation services, and faith communities are also available.
 

Parents Matter!

Grade Level: Adults | Program Length: Five 2.5-hour sessions

A CDC evidence-based program that empowers and educates parents/guardians of pre-teens (children ages 9-14) on how to be their own child’s sexual health and responsibility educator. Designed ultimately as a communication workshop, Parents Matter! helps parents/guardians dialogue more effectively with their child(ren) so that their values are being heard above those in the media.  The Parents Matter! program will include:

  • Tips on how to improve communication
  • Strategies for communicating your values to your child
  • Practice answering hard questions
  • Learning the truth about kids’ sexual behavior
  • Talking with other parents dealing with the same issues
  • Information about puberty and other health topics

Dinner and child care are included with each session.
 

Healthy POEtential Series

Grade Level: Adults | Program Length: Four 1-hour sessions

Healthy POEtential is four-session family education series which promotes healthy habits to adults and their families. This informative and interactive program covers:

  • Nutrition and and physical activity basics
  • In depth discussion around food groups, reading food labels and portion sizes
  • How to get the most out of your food budget
  • A virtual “Grocery Store Tour”
Each 1-hour session involves taste testing a healthy snack, a short interactive lesson and a quick energizer!
 

Healthy POEtential

Grade Level: Adults | Program Length: One 1-hour session

Is fast food a cheaper alternative to healthful eating? No!! Explore the evolution of serving sizes in America and learn how to feed your family healthfully and inexpensively. Healthy POEtential is an adult education program emphasizing the importance of good nutrition and physical activity. This one-hour interactive program covers nutrition and physical activity basics, the “MyPlate” food guide, decoding the Nutrition Facts label, and how to get the most out of your food budget.

 

PoeMANIA!

Ages: 5 and Up | Program Length: 1 hour

Are you ready to “come on down” to participate in a fun-filled game show? Join our wacky hosts for a nutrition and physical activity themed, interactive and educational program. This program is designed for all ages. Groups of up to 200 can participate and FAMILIES can compete TOGETHER to reach the “Million- Dollar” question.

 

Health Wise

Grade Level: Adult Seniors | Program Length: Eight 1-hour sessions

Health Wise is an education program to promote healthy aging for older adults. The 8-session series is designed to address issues important to older adults, such as nutrition, physical activity, meal planning, prevention of chronic disease, communicating with healthcare providers, and brain fitness (preserving memory and cognition). Participants will inspire others to adopt healthier lifestyle habits!

 

Poe’s Cooking with MyPlate Challenge

Grade Level: Ages 10 – Adult | Program Length: 2 hours

Participants work together in the kitchen to compete in a food-preparation challenge. Healthy cooking strategies are introduced, as well as reviewing MyPlate, reading a nutrition facts label, and practicing basic kitchen safety. Recipe choices include stir fry, turkey tacos, pizza with whole grain crust, and frittatas.

 

To schedule a program or to obtain additional information on these programs, please call (919) 231-4006 or contact our Scheduling Specialist, Amanda Bodenheimer.




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