Some amazing things are happening at the Teen Center USA in Elk Grove. Boys and girls are taking part in regular group discussions, facilitated by Face2Face staff and volunteers. These talks are helping to improve the teens’ mental, emotional and social well-being.
Last night we held another Girls Talk group discussion event. Thirteen girls showed up to participate. There were thirteen teen and preteen girls that showed up for last night’s event. These group chats are growing tremendously with each passing session, and there’s a lot of good being done. Margaret brought pizza for everyone. (Thank you to the Pizza Hut in Elk Grove for the discount!) Topics covered in the talk ranged from food and hobbies, to bullying and cutting. There was a lot of support and love in the group tonight, and even a few shed tears.
The facilitators for last night’s Girls Talk were Margaret, Megan, and Ashley. They all did a fantastic job facilitating the group discussion. We are especially grateful to Megan, who volunteered her time to co-facilitate tonight’s session. Thank you, Megan!
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.
– 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.”
“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.”
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.
We had a great time at tonight’s Boys Talk event at the Teen Center USA tonight! Conversations were had, pizza was consumed, and new friends were made! Special shout out to Josh and Bobby, our volunteers.
We’re looking forward to seeing everyone next time.
Video clips? That’s old school. Today, it’s all about livestreaming — capturing or watching video of an event as it’s happening.
Kids love livestreaming because it fully conveys the thrill of a moment, such as skateboarders doing tricks at the park or a gamer playing Fortnite. Livestreaming offers unscripted, authentic, and spontaneous action — and it’s the closest thing to hanging out in person. Also, because livestreaming lets viewers and broadcasters interact in real time, it makes a virtual experience personal and intimate.
While livestreaming taps into teens’ natural desire to connect, relate, and belong, there are some questionable motivations and potential risks, such as chasing fame, oversharing, and even breaking the law in pursuit of the most awesome video, that parents need to be aware of and help kids manage. The technology has been used to stream suicides and crimes, so it’s very possible to see horrifying things because live video is so difficult to moderate.