Free program helps teens maneuver tough situations, gives $25 gift cards

This month the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office Juvenile Programs Division will once again team up with Safe Havynn Education Center for T.H.E. Kickback Program.

Lt. Roanne Sampson, who works in the Juvenile Programs Division of the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office, said that after the free course was first offered in November she knew the department needed to facilitate it again. The program aims to teach teens relationship skills, communication skills, emotional awareness skills, healthy reactions and overall ways to maneuver tough decisions they may face as they grow into adulthood.

“I found that the information was much needed for our youth because the course covers stuff on peer pressure, how to resolve conflict and how to develop communication skills,” she said. “There are different prizes that the kids can win, and it also give the youth an opportunity to interact with law enforcement in a positive way. The information is really much needed and can benefit all youth. The program is very interactive and touched on healthy relationships and sex education.”

Sampson said parents have to give consent for all attendees, and that all guardians can stay for the event if they choose.

“The educators from Safe Havynn have a lot to offer,” she said. “When youth learn these skills they are learning them for a life time. They are our future, and we want to have them prepared.”

The next program is being offered on January 28 and 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office Training Center, located at 220 Judge Dufresne Parkway in Luling. Students in eighth grade and up are eligible to attend. Each participant will receive a $25 gift card, lunch, snacks, and additional items.

Parents can sign their teen up for the life skills program by visiting www.safehavynn.org/stcharles. For additional information contact Sampson at 985-783-6237.

 

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Roth has both her undergraduate and graduate degree in journalism, which she has utilized in the past as an instructor at Southeastern Louisiana University and a reporter at various newspapers and online publications. She grew up in LaPlace, where she currently resides with her husband and three daughters.

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