Dear Be the Influence (“BTI") Parents:
Welcome to the 2017-18 School Year! We hope you all had wonderful summers and are settling into your school routines. For those parents who are new (especially those in the Class of 2021 and our newest partner school, the Drew School!), thank you for joining our community of parents who seek to positively "be the influence" in our teen's lives with respect to alcohol, marijuana and other drug use.
Parents are their Teens Most Important Influence. The BTI program is premised on the simple fact that parents have a lot more influence with their teens than they think they do. Parents are still their teens' number one influence. It is further based on research that shows that increased “supervision”, an “engaged” parenting style and “modeling” healthy behavior by parents with respect to our own alcohol and drug use can all positively impact teen behavior and help delay early experimentation and use.
And the the research further shows that the longer that substance use is delayed for teens, the longer their brains will develop and the less likely they will have substance abuse problems later in life.
Please read on for the following topics in this newsletter:
Questions or Comments? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. As always, we welcome your feedback.
And don't forget to take our BTI Survey explained below at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Y5SMJKM!