Monday, March 9, 2015

Please review your child's High School

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I am collecting reviews of NYC High Schools. 
Please take a moment and Click Here
to take the survey.  Parents of kids currently in HIGH school and those who have graduated in June of 2014 can participate.

Your responses will be posted anonymously to this blog  AND to  (with your permission)  and will help many parents & teens with the difficult decision of what schools to consider.

Please begin the survey when you have a few extra minutes to jot down your review of you and your child's experience at the school.

Please repost the link to the survey far and wide You can share it with any friends who send their kids to HIGH schools in the five boroughs.

Thanks for your participation!


Friday, February 27, 2015

Prom Dress & Accessories Collection

 Collecting dresses, inexpensive costume jewelry, dressy clutch bags and high heels to be able to offer several teens that would otherwise be unable to attend their prom because they do not have the financial means to buy dresses and/or accessories.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Workshop : Let's Talk Technology and Tweens/Teens

How was gadget use over Holiday Break?  Need some tips on how to keep the tech use in check?  

PSP Event: Let's Talk Technology and Tweens/Teens


Overwhelmed by all the news about what kids are doing online, on their phones, and on Instagram? 
Do you feel like you’re way too far behind in the quest to get a grip on all of the social networking sites and apps your child is or might be using? 
Do you need some reassurance about the whole digital social scene your child is navigating?  And most of all, do you want some perspective?

Come get some information, some perspective and some reassurance.   Katherine Fry, PhD, is a media studies professor and media literacy educator with years of experience teaching about and researching media, and working with young people in digital media literacy.   She will give you the picture, big and small, of the digital landscape, and will help you to understand what your child is doing and how you can understand and best support them and yourself as we all continue to grow into the digitally-connected environment.

When:             Wednesday, January 7, 2014
Time:               7 PM until 9 PM
Where:            Old Stone House, 336 3rd St ( 5th Ave) in Brooklyn, NY

 PSP Member : $25
 Non Member : $30
Partner/Spouse: $20

Katherine G. Fry, PhD, Media Literacy Educator, will give us some much-needed information about how to manage our digital relationships.  She will help us understand what it means to grow up in a digitally-connected world. 
Hope to see you there!

Friday, December 5, 2014

American History High School Scholars Program

American History High School Scholars Program

A new program supported by the Hertog Foundation


Addressing the challenges facing our country will require talented young people with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to make sound choices about complex public problems. To that end, the New-York Historical Society is offering a new program designed to inspire young Americans to become informed and engaged citizens with a critical appreciation of the values, ideas, and history of our nation through direct engagement with renowned scholars.
The American History High School Scholars program will offer up to 20 outstanding high school juniors the opportunity to study with preeminent American historians and policy experts in a seminar setting. Those accepted into the program will attend Sunday morning classes at the Historical Society for nine sessions from February 8–April 12, 2015
ELIGIBILITY & REQUIRMENTS. Applicant must be a high school junior attending a New York City Public School and have a record of academic achievement and leadership qualities.
The program will run from February 8–April 12, 2015, with seminars convening Sundays, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Scholars are expected to attend all sessions. Lunch will be provided.
PROGRAM REWARDS. Upon completion and full participation in the program, Scholars will receive a stipend of $600 and a voucher to attend an SAT-prep course to help further their chances of academic success.
LOCATION. The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York City, NY 10024.
APPLICATION. The application form, and more information, can be found here
Those eligible must submit the following materials by Monday, December 22, 2014:
1. Application form
2. A 500-word autobiographical essay, describing your interest in American history and academic and career goals
3. A high school transcript
4. One letter of recommendation from a high school teacher or guidance counselor (see form)

QUESTIONS? Please contact Cheryl Miller at

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Parents of Addicted Teens/Young Adults Group

More teens are addicted to opiates than at any other time in our history.  Marijuana is 28 times stronger now than when we were in high school.  And if you are a parent of an addicted teen or young adult, you are suffering.  It is time to take action.  And a group is forming that is so much more than just a support group.  It is:

A Course of Action for Parents and others Affected by Another’s Addiction
(A Process & Support Group Combined with Concrete Guidance and Psycho-Education)

The group’s purpose is to actively assist those impacted by another’s addiction, most notably, parents of teens and young adults.  

This group sets itself apart from all others because it includes psycho-education, feedback, and processing of events and feelings, in addition to offering confidential,
non-judgemental support. 

 Member participation is a key component, as are the contributions of the co-facilitators, a Columbia-educated therapist, and a Parent/Family & Recovery Coach
and Interventionist who is in recovery herself.  They each lend a different, complementary perspective to the process.

Topics include:  
The family disease of addiction
 Navigating the crowded, confusing array of treatment providers and modalities
 The new normal:  Modern/nontraditional treatment for your loved one - and YOU
 and so much more.

The co-facilitators are:  Alana Carvalho, LMFT, LMHC, CASACT and Sydney (Syd) Weiss, BA, CASACT, NCRC (Nationally Cert. Recovery Coach & Interventionist)

This is a 16 week group (it will not meet during holiday weeks) and a maximum of 12 participants will be accepted.  It is a closed group, meaning you intend to attend each meeting, and also 
meaning that no new members will be joining the group once it starts.  In this way, it is more like a “course” or class than a group.  It also sets itself apart in other ways (see above, or write to for more info.)

The group may be reimbursable by insurance if you have Out of network behavioral health/substance abuse benefits.  This is different for each individual and their exact health insurance plan.
Therefore we make no guarantees that insurance will cover you, but we will assist you in trying to get reimbursed if you choose to join the group, and we will answer any questions regarding this
beforehand, by email.  We will not use group time to discuss this.

For more information/to join, write to and send a brief email with your name and “please send info re group"