A short clip from the One Love Foundation will kick off a discussion of unhealthy vs. healthy dating relationships. According to the One Love Foundation, "#ThatsNotLove campaign introduces the “Couplets” – a series of digital shorts so named for the graphically appealing animated pairs who use humor to demonstrate the difference between a good relationship and an unhealthy one. Funny and teen-accessible, the couplets tackle 8 common warning signs (Intensity, Obsession, Isolation, Disrespect, Blame, Control, Anger and Put-downs) with one objective: to help young people more readily recognize the warning signs of an unhealthy or dangerous relationship and stand up to them before they escalate." The panel discussion will include WPD Detective Sharon Russo, DVCC Advocate Nicole Dodge, and DVCC Attorney Advocate Allison Roach.
The Westport Domestic Violence Task for is a community awareness group that supports the Domestic Violence Crisis Center, which services our area, in its mission. The WDVTF is comprised of community members, professionals, members of the Police, Fire and Human Services Departments, mental health professionals, advocates and members of the interfaith community. They meet monthly and host events or donation drives each year.
Join The Westport Library, Toquet Hall, and the Staples Gender Sexualities Alliance for a night of food, music, and gender-bending fun! Register to lip-sync as your drag queen or king alter-ego, or just enjoy the show! This event is for grades 8-12. More details and registration information to come.
Laws change all the time but often, teenage behavior doesn’t. Lawyer Matthew Maddox will help students and parents understand the responsibility and consequences of new and existing Connecticut laws, including affirmative consent, social hosting, cyber-bullying and more.
Community partner: Positive Directions
Matthew Maddox is a Fairfield County trial attorney who has represented thousands of individuals and their families in criminal cases and serious injury cases. Matthew volunteers substantial time assisting student and parent groups throughout Connecticut about underage substance abuse. He was the co-founder of the Ram Council, a New Canaan High School student-run organization for the advancement of safe and healthy practices for Fairfield County youth. Most recently, Matthew established Informed Ascent, LLC, a company whose mission is to bring reliable data and information to families about topics that impact their health and their future.
Hear from the winners of this essay contest, hosted by TEAM Westport and the Westport Library. This essay contest is for students in grades 9-12 who attend Staples High School or another school in Westport, or reside in Westport and attend school elsewhere.
The topic is, “White privilege” which surfaced during the recent presidential election. In 1,000 words or less, describe how you understand the term “white privilege.” To what extent do you think this privilege exists? What impact do you think it has had in your life—whatever your racial or ethnic identity—and in our society more broadly?
Applications for the contest will be available on the TEAM Westport web site. The deadline for submission is February 27. Winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Westport Library on April 3. “Subject to the volume and caliber of entries received, at the discretion of the judges up to three prizes will be awarded.” The first prize is $1,000, the second, $750, and the third, $500.
TEAM Westport is the official committee of the Town of Westport established to “achieve, celebrate and extend a more welcoming, multicultural community” with a focus on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and religion. TEAM is an acronym standing for “Together Effectively Achieving Multiculturalism.” TEAM Westport was launched as a Selectman’s Task Force in 2003 and became a standing town committee in 2005.
Authors Nora Baskin (nine, ten: a 9/11 Story), Gae Polisner (The Memory of Things), Jewell Parker Rhodes (Towers Falling), Wendy Mills (All We Have Left) and Lauren Tarshis (I Survived series) discussed coping with tragedy through a writer’s lens and their new books for middle grades and young adults at the Westport Library on September 12, 2016.
Take a free practice test for the PSAT exam, administered by C2 Education of Westport. Space is limited; register online. Bring a #2 pencil and a calculator. Breaks will be provided, just as in the official tests. Results will be sent to you by C2 Education via email.
The Westport Library strives to help students meet their goals as they prepare for college. This series, Countdown to College, aims to provide resources for students and parents to help students to prepare academically, socially and emotionally for college. Link to resource guide on these topics.