The following are excellent resources for parents of pre-teens and teens. (The inclusion of a link on this page does not necessarily constitute an official endorsement by Face2Face Youth Group.)
Bullying | Downloads | Media & Product Reviews | Mental Health | Music Sites | Parent/Family Resources at Schools | Parental Control Apps | Research | Social Media | Substance Abuse | Teen Centers/Activities | Volunteer Ops
Bullying & Hate-Motivated Behavior Prevention (CA Dept of Edu)
Provides resources for parents, administrators, and students on how bullying can be prevented and addressed. Resources include publications, sample policies, and frequently asked questions.
End Violence in Schools (UNICEF)
If you are a student, parent or teacher, take action to demand safe environments where children and young people can feel safe at school, in their community and online.
GLSEN (formerly the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) is a United States-based education organization working to create safe and inclusive K-12 schools.
Bullying Prevention Project (Sacramento Countywide)
The goal of the Bullying Prevention Project is to support Sacramento County districts and their school sites as they implement bullying prevention programs and strategies.
School District Info
Elk Grove USD – Safety & Security Department – (916) 686-7786
Folsom Cordova USD – Child Welfare Coordinator – (916) 294-9000
Natomas USD – Safety & Operations Department – (916) 561-5203
Sacramento City USD – Bullying Prevention Specialist – (916) 643-9076
San Juan USD – Bullying Prevention Program / F.A.C.E. – (916) 971-7929
Spirit Day is a means of speaking out against LGBTQ bullying and standing with LGBTQ youth, who disproportionately face bullying and harassment because of their identities.
StopBullying.gov is a federal government website managed by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. It provides information from various government agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying.
Face2Face Youth Group Information Packet (2 Mb PDF)
F2FYouth Group Social Media Rules (92 KB PDF)
Face2Face Sponsorship Levels (353 KB PDF)
Media & Product Reviews
Common Sense Media
Common Sense is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. Provides objective parent-friendly reviews of media products.
Internet Movie Database (IMDB) Parent Guide
This feature gives parents and movie viewers additional information about the title that cannot be fully conveyed by certificate since the beliefs that parents want to instill in their children can vary greatly.
Parent Previews is not your average film review site. …our main goal is to give parents an idea of what they will encounter when they take their kids to the movies.
Get the 5 steps to help someone in crisis. Then share the #BeThe1To message.
Help for Parents of Troubled Teens (HelpGuide.org)
While parenting a troubled teen can often seem like an impossible task, there are steps you can take to ease the stress you and your teen feel. This can significantly reduce the chaos at home and help your teen transition into a happier, more successful young adult.
JJs Hello Foundation
The mission of JJ’s Hello Foundation is to prevent youth suicide, promote mental health awareness, and create a message of hope for pre-teens, teens and young adults in our community.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
School District Info
Elk Grove USD Psychological Services.
Folsom Cordova USD Mental Health.
Natomas USD Social Emotional Support.
Sacramento USD Mental Health, Crisis Response and Suicide Prevention.
San Juan USD Mental Health.
The Mental Illness: It’s not always what you think project was initiated by the Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services/ Division of Behavioral Health Services (DHHS/DBHS).
Youth Mental Health First Aid
Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.
Parent/Family Resources at School/Education Websites
Parental Control Apps & Help
Parental Support for Music Sites
Amazon Music – None
iHeartRadio: The “iHeartRadio Family — Music and Radio perfect for kids” app is a kid-safe option for families with young kids.
Pandora – Explicit Content Filter: The filter is applied to the entire account, not specific stations.
The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Tweens and Teens | Common Sense Media
This is a large-scale study that explores young people’s use of the full range of media and technology.
Extended Adolescence: When 25 Is the New 18
An analysis by researchers at San Diego State University and Bryn Mawr College reports that today’s teenagers are less likely to engage in adult activities like having sex and drinking alcohol than teens from older generations.
Increases in Depressive Symptoms, Suicide-Related Outcomes, and Suicide Rates … and Links to Increased New Media Screen Time | Sage Journals
Adolescents who spent more time on new media (including social media and electronic devices such as smartphones) were more likely to report mental health issues…
National Trends in the Prevalence and Treatment of Depression in Adolescents and Young Adults
The prevalence of depression in adolescents and young adults has increased in recent years.
Parents, Teens and Digital Monitoring | Pew Research
Parents monitor their teen’s digital behavior in a number of ways, but using technical means like parental controls is less common.
Technology Addiction: Concern, Controversy, and Finding Balance | Common Sense Media
Common Sense polled over 1,200 parents and teens to find out how the saturation of mobile devices in family life is playing out in homes and child-parent relationships.
Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015 | Pew Research
24% of teens go online “almost constantly,” facilitated by the widespread availability of smartphones.
Teens, Technology and Romantic Relationships | Pew Research
From flirting to breaking up, social media and mobile phones are woven into teens’ romantic lives.
Watching Gender: How Stereotypes in Movies and on TV Impact Kids’ Development | Common Sense Media
Media that perpetuates rigid gender roles and stereotypes can affect children’s sense of self, relationships, and career aspirations.
Substance Abuse (Alcohol or Drug)
Alateen, a part of the Al-Anon Family Groups, is a fellowship of young people (mostly teenagers) whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking whether they are in your life drinking or not. By attending Alateen, teenagers meet other teenagers with similar situations. Alateen also features virtual Alateen chat meetings.
How To Help Prevent Your Teen From Using Drugs And Alcohol (BluffsRehab)
Many teens who use drugs or alcohol will stop use, but addiction is still a risk. There are many ways to help prevent teens from using drugs and alcohol.
Transforming Youth Recovery
We invest in the future of our youth and families by bringing research, solution-based programs and resources to substance use disorders, transforming the pathway for lifetime recovery.
District Attorney Youth Academy
Students actively learn about the criminal justice system, hear from our criminal justice partners, and engage in open communication between law enforcement and themselves concerning issues that affect youth today. Open to current Sacramento County high school students. Eligible students can apply for either the South, North, East or Elk Grove/Galt area academy.
The Grove Teen Center (CSD)
Part of the CSD Parks & Recs, The Teen Center offers recreation opportunities for students in grades 7 to 12. The afterschool program operates from 3-6 pm, Mon-Thu; 2-6 pm on Fri (closed holidays, observed holidays and staff in-service days) offers daily activities.
Sacramento City: Teen Services
The Teen Services section uses a Youth Development model in providing recreation and enrichment programs for youth ages 12 – 18 years old. Programs include the PASSage after-school program, three youth vocational training programs, a middle school sports league, the 28&B Skate Park, and special events.
Sacramento LGBTQ Center: Youth Programs
The Center’s Youth Program supports vulnerable and homeless LGBTQ youth to improve their health, economic status, self-esteem, and self-sufficiency for making positive life choices with the following programs. All ongoing youth programs are free, except for a few events or activities that may have nominal charges to cover materials.
Sheriff’s Activities League
The Sacramento Sheriff’s Activities League (SAL) is a juvenile gang and crime prevention program that relies on athletic and academic activities to develop a bond between law enforcement officers and the youth in our community.
Teen Center USA Elk Grove
The center is open from 2-5 pm Monday thru Friday (12-6 during summer months) for students to come after school. Adult staff is on hand to help them reinforce values they received at school. TCUSA also provides opportunities for students to do community service work at the center as well as other community organizations.
Teen Leadership Committee (CSD)
The Teen Leadership Committee (TLC) is a leadership group that gives middle school students the opportunity to develop leadership skills, how to work in a team setting, brainstorm imaginative ideas and solutions, and maintain a positive attitude while leading or assisting in a project.
Volunteer Opportunities for Teens
Front Street Animal Shelter
Teens age 12-15 can volunteer with an adult partner. Shelter also has an intermittent Saturday Teen Program. If there is space available, teens age 12-15 may attend this program without a parent accompanying.
Serves the entire Sacramento region (Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, El Dorado and Nevada Counties) with more than 8,000+ registered volunteers and 450+ non-profits.
Sacramento City Youth Volunteer Opportunities
The City of Sacramento and its non-profit partners have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for youth and adults. These include short-term as well as on-going activities.
Sacramento Zoo Teen Volunteers
The Sacramento Zoo offers two volunteer programs for teens: zoo teens during the school year (ages 13-19) and camp counselors during the summer (15-19).
Sharing God’s Bounty
We welcome volunteers ages 14 and older, on a drop-in basis. We need dozens of volunteers each Tuesday night, as well as a few volunteers throughout the week to gather supplies and cook meals. To start volunteering, simply come to the St. Philomene School’s multi-purpose room at 5:30 PM on any Tuesday evening. No sign-up or prior notice is required.
Volunteers of America
Childcare at Mather Community Campus. This includes caring for and host activities for children infant-14 years old at the families transitional housing program, as well as hosting games and activities with the kids. Times available are Monday-Friday anytime between 9am-5pm. Volunteers age 12-17 are welcome with their parent or adult guardian.