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Seven Cries of Today's Teens: Hear their Hearts, Make the Connection
Does your teen cry out to be trusted, loved, and to feel safe and secure? Do they have a purpose, and long to be heard, valued, and supported? Based on a customized survey developed by Tim Smith and George Gallup, our teens, the "millennials" say these are their seven greatest needs.

These seven cries of today's teens will be the focus of the 7th Annual Teen Scene Unplugged, scheduled for Tuesday, September 18, 2007, at the Hyatt Valencia, 24500 Town Center Drive. A very popular event offered by the City of Santa Clarita and the Blue Ribbon Task Force, Teen Scene Unplugged draws over 500 parents, teens and community members every year.

This year's dynamic and engaging program will take a close look into the hearts and minds of teens. Featured speaker Tim Smith, family coach, speaker and author will cover such topics as how to build trust, discover our teens' love key, strengthen their security, and help them feel valued with a strong sense of purpose. He will give participants valuable tips on how to communicate and connect by listening, to set guidelines and use consequences, and ultimately build a relationship both parents and teens enjoy.

"If you can get past teens' externals -- their hair styles, music, clothes, you may be surprised to find a receptive generation. Our youth not only need adult guidance; they want it! In the current design-your-own-morality culture, our teens are pleading for our mentoring," commented Smith.

Smith has thirty years of experience working with children, youth and families, and has written over fifteen books, including: Seven Cries of Today's Teens, Connecting with Your Kids, and The Relaxed Parent.

"Parenting teenagers is a monumental task and can be challenging. It is important to remember that communication is key in building and strengthening relationships. This event will serve to help Santa Clarita parents and teens understand and connect with each other," said Councilmember Frank Ferry who heads up the Blue Ribbon Task Force.

Teen Scene Unplugged is free and open to the public. A resource fair offering valuable information and resources will kick off the event at 6:00 p.m., with Smith's presentation scheduled from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

For more information about Teen Scene Unplugged or the Blue Ribbon Task Force, contact Tess Simgen, Community Services Analyst for the City at 661/255-4956.
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