Through our LET’S TALK program, we create community events to spark discussion and offer presentations that promote open and healthy dialogue between parents and teens about difficult-to-talk-about issues such as underage and binge drinking, sexuality, HIV/AIDS and the prevention of STD’s. We examine the risky behaviors that have become socially acceptable and give young people and their parents tools to reduce the risks to their health and well being by:
The following events are offered to Ventura County organizations at NO cost to you:
Interactive Workshops for Parents and Teens
We use Reality Improv techniques to move groups of parents and teens into discussion and insights around real issues teens and young adults face concerning underage and binge drinking, sexuality, HIV/AIDS and the prevention of STD’s. Participants discover and explore their own ideas for change through critical examination of parent and teen social norms and dangerous behaviors. Workshops can be arranged for parents to bring their own teens or we can arrange for other teens/young adults to attend, allowing honest exploration and realistic communication practice about these tough issues.
Community Presentations - Speakers for Parent Meetings
LET’S TALK Spokespersons are available for speaking engagements and presentations to parents. These can be adapted to be as short as 10 minutes, or up to 45 minutes.
Reality Parties for Parents – House Tours
These innovative and eye-opening events are helping facilitate relevant and meaningful discussion between parents and their teens regarding current social norms of alcohol use, sexual activity and related risky behaviors. Parents take a tour through a real home set up to portray a teen drinking party. Youth actors recreate realistic scenarios and voice concerns expressed by local teens and young adults. Each 30 minute tour is followed by parent discussion and ideas for helping to change these dangerous cultural norms.
Reality Parties for Parents – Staged version
The Reality Party performances can be adapted for stage and for meeting rooms in order to bring the important message to groups of parents and other caring adults in the community. The 20 minute performance is followed by discussion between parents and our team, including teens and young adults if desired.
Straight Up/LET'S TALK leaders are professional improvisors and educators trained to facilitate Social Change Theatre with non-actors of all ages.