Face2Face Interviewed on KFBK

Your friendly neighborhood Face2Face Youth Group Leadership Team was interviewed by Joe Michaels, of Sacramento’s own News Radio 1530 KFBK.

Michaels interviewed CEO Margaret Arsenault and Director Mark Arsenault about the upcoming Girls Talk event, as well as National Suicide Prevention Month.

If you didn’t catch the stories when they aired yesterday (or you’d like to hear them again), we’ve posted recordings of both stories here.

Below are the transcripts from both stories:


Face2Face Story #1 on Newstalk 1530 KFBK (09/19/2018)

Joe Michaels: The Face2Face Youth Group holds monthly discussions – one for boys, another for girls – allowing teens to discuss concerns with each other and adults in a non-judgmental environment.

Mark Arsenault: Our mission is to improve the emotional and social well-being of youth, by encouraging kids to spend less time on electronics. Cell phones and tablets and what not.

Joe Michaels: Director Mark Arsenault says the gatherings help improve teens’ social, mental, and emotional health.

Mark Arsenault: By being able to communicate their ideas, their feelings, in front of peers, they get to not only hear other people talk about things that they might be afraid to bring up, it also encourages them to talk to others.

Joe Michaels: In recognition of National Suicide Prevention Month, Face2Face is making Friday’s Girl Talk session free for those who pre-register online with the discount code F2FFAMILY. Joe Michaels. News Radio KFBK.


Face2Face Story #2 on Newstalk 1530 KFBK (09/19/2018)

Joe Michaels: The Face2Face Youth Group aims to improve the emotional and social well-being of teens by encouraging kids to spend less time on their cell phones and electronic devices, and more on in-person, offline activities.

Mark Arsenault: That can range from classes, sports activities, group discussions… Anything to get kids interacting in person, outside of the school environment, so they can have more natural, face-to-face interactions.

Joe Michaels: Director Mark Arsenault says the nonprofit offers monthly discussions; one for boys, another for girls.

Mark Arsenault: It’s really an open forum. The kids can talk about whatever they want. We know that youth might be more comfortable discussing certain things with trusted adults other than their parents.

Joe Michaels: This Friday’s Girl Talk session is being offered free to those who pre-register online with the discount code F2FFAMILY. Joe Michaels, News Radio KFBK.

Face2Face Addresses Suicide, Hosts Free Teen Chat for Girls

Girls Talk

– Girls Talk provides a safe space for teens to share, gain support
– Group talks can improve social, mental and emotional health

(Elk Grove, CA) September 18, 2018 — Face2Face Youth Group, an Elk Grove-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is hosting a “Girls Talk” event Friday, September 21st. In recognition of National Suicide Prevention Month, Face2Face has made this month’s event free to all participants who register and use the discount code “F2FFAMILY.”

“Girls Talks” are gender-specific group discussions, for pre-teen and teen girls, aged 12 to 17, which are facilitated by adult staff and volunteers. Conversations are age-appropriate. Girls Talk events provide teenage girls an opportunity to air concerns and ask questions of adult women in a safe, accepting and nonjudgmental environment.

Facilitators are open to discussing anything the teens bring up. Topics that may be discussed include sports, school, social media, friendship, depression, sexuality, dating, abuse, violence, homelessness, social injustice, mental health and wellness, self-harm and suicide.

“Girls can benefit from group discussions a number of ways,” said Margaret Arsenault, Face2Face’s co-founder, and Girls Talk facilitator. “Sharing in a group can promote understanding, give them new ways to deal with an issue, reduce feelings of isolation, and improve social, mental and emotional health.”

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in youth aged 10-24 and half of all chronic mental illness begins by age 14.

“Anything we can do to facilitate discussion among our kids is worthwhile,” said Face2Face co-founder, Mark Arsenault. “It’s about elevating the conversation and giving them a safe place to express themselves.”

Because adolescents’ brains are still developing, they’re “particularly receptive to the positive influences of … social and emotional learning, and behavioral modeling,” according to the National Center for Children in Poverty website.

“This makes our Girls Talk and Boys Talk events even more valuable,” said Arsenault. “not just as an outlet and support network for the teens, but as a potential safety net for detecting issues that may merit a referral to a professional mental health care provider.”

The Face2Face Youth Group staff are certified Youth Mental Health First Aiders, and recently attended a workshop with suicide survivor, author, and speaker, Kevin Hines.

Girls Talk is being held at 6 p.m., this Friday, September 21st, at the Teen Center USA, 8978 Elk Grove Blvd.

Registration is free for this week’s event to those who use the Discount code “F2FFAMILY.”

For more information and to register for this free event, visit the Face2Face Youth Group website at http://Face2FaceYouthGroup.com.


About Face2Face Youth Group
Face2Face Youth Group, Inc. is a California 501(c)(3) charitable and public benefit nonprofit corporation. Its mission is to improve the social and emotional well-being of youth. To do this, Face2Face Youth Group encourages youth to spend less time on electronic devices, like smartphones, and more time at “offline” activities and events.


Margaret Arsenault, Chief Executive Officer
PO Box 582155, Elk Grove, CA 95758
(916) 245-7507


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We’re Missing Party on the Palms

We recently received a message from the City of Elk Grove informing us that the city has canceled all vendor booths for the Party on the Palms Teen Festival this year. According to the message we received, the City “has had to change our layout due to obtaining a local hip-hop artist and unfortunately will not be having any vendors/exhibitors on site this year.”

We’re sorry to say that, as a result, we will not be attending this year’s Party on the Palms Teen Festival. We pass on our best wishes to the City and all of the teens attending to have a great time! We hope to see you at next year’s event.

Congratulations to SacAnime Free Ticket Winners!

We’re excited to announce that we had a random drawing today just after lunch, and the winners of our SacAnime Free Ticket drawing have been selected and they’ve been notified via email.

We’d like to also express our appreciation to our community neighbors, friends and partners, who helped get the word out about the free tickets, especially to the underserved and disadvantaged youth. Thank you to Teen Center USA, Elk Grove, Elk Grove Police Department, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Greater Sacramento, the Elk Grove Unified School District, and Sacramento LGBTQ Community Center.

We regret that we didn’t have more tickets to give away but we sincerely appreciate the response. If you entered but didn’t win, stay tuned for future drawings! Be sure to check our website for upcoming youth events, announcements and future drawings!

We Need Your Help!

We’ve received a number of very nice letters, like this one from PepsiCo, in response to our sponsorship requests. We appreciate every company’s time spent reviewing our proposal.

But we still need sponsors so we can serve more youth in our community!

If you’re a business owner or executive who would like to become a sponsor and help us provide more #offlinefun for teens and preteens, please let us know!

For our sponsorship opportunities please visit https://face2faceyouthgroup.com/get-involved/sponsorship-packages/