This is the message Forrest Alton will have for parents, teachers, guidance counselors, youth leaders and other adults who attend the Parent Power Seminar sponsored by the National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Campaign. The event is Saturday, Jan. 31 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Chesterfield Recreation Department.
Alton is from the South Carolina Campaign to prevent teen pregnancy. He encourages parents to be involved with their children and the "power" parents have in their children's lives.
"Kids actually do hear what their parents are saying, even if they act like they don't," said Sybil Lee, quoting national research results. Lee is youth development coordinator for the Chesterfield County Coordinating Council, which is helping to organize the seminar in Chesterfield.
"Kids want to listen to what their parents have to say, which is why we are not just talking to youth anymore (about pregnancy prevention)," Lee said.
Also at the seminar will be agencies and vendors who work with or serve youth. After the seminar, from noon to 12:30, area youth are invited to show off their talents or "gifts."
"This is not a 'talent show,'" Lee said. There's no competition involved. The event will simply spotlight "a lot of the positive things that are happening with the youth of Chesterfield County."
For information, call Lee, 921-9575 or 623-5266.