Elk Grove Mayor, Star Wars characters headline local event

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ELK GROVE, CA (October 29, 2018) – Well-known motivational speaker Kevin Bracy, Elk Grove Mayor Steve Ly, and characters from Star Wars®, portrayed by members of the 501st Legion, are among the special guests that will be speaking at a special anti-bullying workshop about bullying in Elk Grove this Saturday.

Teens attending the two and a half hour workshop will be treated to a pizza lunch, where they will meet with the guest speakers and community leaders. After lunch, the teens will participate in a discussion period, where they’ll discuss the topic of bullying.

The teens will be able to address their concerns and ask questions of the panelists, which also include Officer Kristopher Packwood of the Elk Grove Police Department, Lydia Ajay, co-owner of Ajay’s Karate and herself a 4th-degree black belt, Bobby Uppal, a certified drug and alcohol counselor, a representative from WEAVE, Inc., and Margaret Arsenault, executive director of Face2Face Youth Group, Inc., the event’s organizer.

Following the discussion period, there will be a short 10 to 15-minute break, during which the special guests will be available to the media for short interviews.

In the second segment of the workshop, teens will break into groups and learn some simple but effective self-defense techniques from martial arts instructors, led by Mrs. Ajay.

The workshop is being held this Saturday, November 3rd, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the Teen Center USA, Elk Grove, at 8978 Elk Grove Blvd, Elk Grove, CA 95624.

For more information about the Anti-Bullying Workshop visit the Face2Face website at http://Face2FaceYouthGroup.com/bullying.

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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.

Contact
Margaret Arsenault, Executive Director
PO Box 582155, Elk Grove, CA 95758
(916) 245-7507
F2FYouthGroup@gmail.com
http://Face2FaceYouthGroup.com

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Anti-Bullying Workshop Promo Video (720HD):
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Face2Face Joins 2-1-1 Sacramento

Press 2-1-1 Sacramento woman on phone

Face2Face Youth Group, Inc., an Elk Grove-based nonprofit organization, is pleased to announce that the organization has been listed as a service provider with 2-1-1 Sacramento.

“We’re excited to be one of the more than 1,600 service providers listed with 2-1-1 Sacramento,” said Face2Face Executive Director Margaret Arsenault. “Our programs, like Teen Talk, are designed to help youth improve their emotional and social well-being. Being a part of 2-1-1 makes it even easier for parents and other providers to learn about our programs.”

2-1-1 Sacramento is a free confidential information and referral service, available 24/7, in more than 150 languages. Just last month alone, 2-1-1 received nearly 6,000 calls and made more than 3,500 referrals to service providers throughout the County of Sacramento.

About one-quarter of the callers were of the age range of parents of the youth served by Face2Face Youth Group, Arsenault said.

“Clearly there’s a need for services by parents of pre-teens and teens,” explained Arsenault. “Thankfully, 2-1-1 exists and is being utilized by the community to get connected with services. We’re proud to be a part of that.”

For more information about Face2Face Youth Group and its programs, visit their website at http://Face2FaceYouthGroup.com.

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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.

Contact
Margaret Arsenault, Executive Director
PO Box 582155, Elk Grove, CA 95758
(916) 245-7507
F2FYouthGroup@gmail.com
http://Face2FaceYouthGroup.com

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Face2Face Youth Group Logo (192×123):
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The Force is Strong with this Anti-Bullying Event

501st Legion photo of stormtrooper with child

ELK GROVE, Calif. (October 23, 2018) – The next Star Wars film is a ways off. Star Wars: Episode IX is scheduled for release in December of 2019, more than a year from now. But teens in the Sacramento region will soon have a chance to meet some of the characters up close and in person.

Face2Face Youth Group has announced that members of the world-famous 501st Legion will be attending its Anti-Bullying Workshop in Elk Grove on November 3rd.

“We are thrilled to have the 501st at our event,” said Face2Face co-founder and Executive Director Margaret Arsenault. “The teens are going to have a great time with the Star Wars costumed characters while learning about the club’s ‘Heart of the Force’ initiative.”

The 501st has developed its very own comprehensive anti-bullying initiative called “Heart of the Force!” to spread the message that people can make a stand against bullies and become a Force for good.

Unless you’ve spent the last few decades on the Outer Rim, you’ve probably heard about the 501st Legion. It is a worldwide Star Wars costuming organization with more than 13,000 active members worldwide. Many of its members have appeared at charity events, bringing smiles to Dark Side and Light Side fans alike.

Stormtroopers and Sith Lords aren’t the only celebrities teens are likely to encounter at the workshop. Elk Grove Mayor Steve Ly has confirmed he’ll be participating in the panel discussion, as will Officer Kristopher Packwood of the Elk Grove Police Department, and Lydia Ajay, co-owner of Ajay’s Karate.

“It’s a great opportunity for teens to voice their concerns and to feel heard by community leaders,” explained Arsenault. “This will help them feel connected to and supported by the community.”

Another aspect of emotional wellness is confidence, Arsenault explained. The second hour of the workshop is dedicated to teaching teens some simple but effective self-defense techniques. While kids aren’t likely to be bullied by the likes of Kylo Ren or Darth Maul in real life, real bullies can seem just as scary.

“Half of school-aged youth are bullied every month,” Arsenault explained, “and a third of them never report it to an adult. We want them to know how to defend themselves if they’re grabbed or pinned against a wall.”

For more information about the Anti-Bullying Workshop and to register, visit the Face2Face web site at http://Face2FaceYouthGroup.com/bullying.

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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.

Contact
Margaret Arsenault, Chief Executive Officer
PO Box 582155, Elk Grove, CA 95758
(916) 245-7507
F2FYouthGroup@gmail.com
http://Face2FaceYouthGroup.com

Images
Face2Face Youth Group Logo (192×123):
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Program Aims to Reduce LGBT Youth Suicide Rate

Pride Talk

 Bullying second only to non-accepting families as most important issue to LGBT youth
LGBT youth are 4 times more likely to attempt suicide

ELK GROVE, Calif. (October 22, 2018) – Face2Face Youth Group announced a new addition to their Teen Talk program. Pride Talk is a new group discussion event series for LGBT and questioning youth. It joins the Boys Talk and Girls Talk events, which currently make up the Teen Talk program.

Pride Talk is a natural expansion of the Teen Talk program, explains Face2Face Executive Director Margaret Arsenault.

“We have Boys Talk and Girls Talk events, which are gender-specific,” says Arsenault, “because there are some issues that are unique to each gender. By the same token, LGBT youth face challenges and issues that non-LGBT youth do not.”

Arsenault points out that LGBT youth and straight youth alike deal with issues surrounding substance abuse, depression, and self-harm. However, studies indicate that LGBT youth are more than twice as likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol, 2½ times more likely to engage in self-harm, and 4 times more likely to attempt suicide than their non-LGBT counterparts. And bullying has been identified by LGBT youth as the second most important problem in their lives, after non-accepting families.

“Sixty percent of LGBT youth didn’t report incidents of bullying to school staff,” Arsenault says, “and one-third who did report an incident said the staff did nothing about it. Our kids deserve better, regardless how they identify.”

Pride Talk provides a safe space, with LGBT volunteer facilitators, where they can discuss topics they might be uncomfortable talking about in front of their non-LGBT peers. Face2Face has reached out to other LGBT community groups to support the program, as well.

The new Pride Talk events will be held at the Teen Center USA and Elizabeth Pinkerton Middle School. For the schedule and registration, visit the website at http://Face2FaceYouthGroup/pride-talk.

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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.

Contact
Margaret Arsenault, Chief Executive Officer
PO Box 582155, Elk Grove, CA 95758
(916) 245-7507
F2FYouthGroup@gmail.com
http://Face2FaceYouthGroup.com

Images

Face2Face Youth Group Logo (192×123):
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Anti-Bullying Workshop Empowers Sacramento Teens

  • 49% of kids report being bullied in the last month
  • Event connects youth and Elk Grove Mayor, Police Department, and black belt

South Sacramento teens and preteens will be able to address their concerns about bullying with local community leaders at an upcoming Anti-Bullying Workshop being held in Elk Grove on November 3rd. The workshop was organized by Face2Face Youth Group, a local nonprofit dedicated to improving the social and emotional well-being of youth.

“Half of all school-age kids say they were bullied in the last month,” said Face2Face co-founder and CEO, Margaret Arsenault, “but only 30 percent of them told an adult. Bullying is a big problem in schools and online. We wanted to provide an event where teens can not only be heard but also be empowered.”

At the two and one-half-hour workshop, teens and pre-teens will be treated to lunch and be able to mingle with and meet other guests and panel members. During the informal question-and-answer panel discussion, teens will have an opportunity to talk with local community leaders about bullying and how to address it. The goal is for leaders to hear from the youth, and for the teens to learn new tools for dealing with bullying when it occurs.

Confirmed guest panelists include Elk Grove City Mayor Steve Ly, Community Service Officer Kristopher Packwood from the Elk Grove Police Department, fourth-degree black belt and co-owner of Ajay’s Karate, Lydia Ajay, Mark and Margaret Arsenault, co-founders of Face2Face Youth Group, Inc., and Bobby Uppal, a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC-II).

While parents and guardians are welcome to stay and observe the workshop, Arsenault asks that they not participate in the discussions.

“We want the youth to be able to address their concerns,” Arsenault said, “We want to ensure the kids are able to be heard and benefit from a direct conversation with the panelists.”

The workshop will not only give teens an opportunity to express their concerns about bullying but will equip them to deal with physical assaults, as well, as participants will learn some simple but effective self-defense techniques from a renowned martial arts instructor.

“Bullying takes many forms,” Arsenault said, “from insults and public humiliation to physical aggression. What can you do when a bully grabs your arm, pins you against a wall, or puts you in a headlock? During the second half of the workshop, Mrs. Ajay will be teaching the kids some simple martial arts techniques to protect themselves.”

The Anti-Bullying Workshop is being held Saturday, November 3rd, from 12:00 Noon to 3:00 p.m., at the Teen Center USA in Elk Grove. Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion. Registration is $10 and includes lunch.

For more information and to register for the event, go to https://face2faceyouthgroup.com/bullying.

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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.

Contact

Margaret Arsenault, Chief Executive Officer
PO Box 582155, Elk Grove, CA 95758
(916) 245-7507
F2FYouthGroup@gmail.com
http://Face2FaceYouthGroup.com

Images

Face2Face Youth Group Logo (192×123):
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