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Our Youth

Some students report that dropping out is gradual process of disen- gagement that could be reversed with more challenging coursework and support from school and family.

What can parents do to help:

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Pay attention to any reports from the school regarding your ado- lescent’s attendance Be involved in your adolescent’s life and emphasize the importance of education and attending school Watch for signs of substance abuse Look for signs of social isolation Listen to your adolescent and look for signs that he/she is being bullied or victimized Seek counseling for family issues or help your adolescent to get counseling for mental health issues Become involved in your adolescent’s education – help with home- work and participate in school activities Work with school personnel to resolve problems that arise involv- ing your adolescent’s academics or activities during the school day Access whatever services are available to help stabilize the family so adolescents can continue in school and not leave to work Find help for adolescents who are having academic difficulty at school Talk to your adolescent about the problems associated with teen pregnancy and early sexual activity Maintain open communication with your adolescent and allow him/ her to discuss their problems with you

Resources

School district personnel are the best resource

Cayuga Onondaga BOCES Cayuga Counseling Services, Inc. CHAD (Confidential Help for Alcohol & Drugs)

(315) 253-0361 (315) 253-9795 (315) 253-9786

Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency

(315) 255-1703

Cayuga County Department of Health and Human Services (315) 253-1011

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