Just Think--What is it and why should I go?

What is Just Think: Teens Making Smart Choices?

This is a multi-year effort by the Newton North PTSO and many community organizations to help parents/guardians and those who work with teens guide the teens in making good decisions that will lead to a long, happy, and healthy life.

What is the Just Think: Teens Making Smart Choices expo?

It’s a fun gathering of many non-profit organizations that support teens and families in Newton and provide educational and prevention information and constructive activities.

When is it?

This year it’s being held on Monday, January 18, 2018 from 5-7:30 p.m.

Where is it?

In the main hallways at Newton North High School (457 Walnut Street, Newton, MA).

How much does it cost?

It’s FREE! The non-profits are donating their time, and the Newton North PTSO is using parent/guardian dues and donations to support this event.

Who is the expo for?

Middle schoolers, high schoolers, parents, guardians, teachers, staff, counselors, and anyone else who cares about Newton teens.

My child is only in middle school. She/he is too young for this.

Now is the ideal time to use your influence to guide your middle schooler in a positive direction and to counteract some of society’s negative messages!

My child is a junior or senior. She/he doesn’t want to be seen with me.

That’s okay. You come with some adult friends, and have your teen come with some teen friends. We will be giving out hot hors d’oeuvres, and we’ll have live music. Tell your teen that the first 50 students who bring a parent/guardian will receive a treat bag with some fun items, and that the expo will include a prize drawing. This year's grand prize will be a pair of Beats headphones.

My teen is fine. We don’t need this.

The teen years are exciting, challenging, and often surprising. Some of the exhibitors offer enriching activities for teens in Newton. Others educate teens about how to navigate the challenges of academic pressure, peer pressure, and societal pressure in order to stay safe and healthy. Your teen may use this information for herself or himself, or it may come in handy when a friend needs help.

My teen will be too hungry to come.

We’ll be giving away pizza to hungry teens.

We’re too busy too come.

If you have even 30 minutes to stop by, we’ll make it worth your while. We’ll have several short informational sessions!

My teen says this sounds boring.

The exhibitors are making their tables engaging for teens with things like trivia questions, videos, giveaways, and crafts.

There will be live music by teen bands from the YMCA and a capella singers from Newton North and Newton South.

Students will be doing free henna tattoos, and a former contestant from "American Ninja Warrior" will have an interactive activity.

Isn’t Newton North’s Junior Night the same night? We can’t come to the expo because we have a junior.

Good question. The expo starts at 5:00 p.m. to give you an hour and a half to explore the exhibits with your teen before Junior Night (6:30 p.m.). JUNIORS: Come to the expo and enter a prize drawning. Two students will win a ticket to junior prom!

My teen has sports practice so we can’t come to the expo.

The high school coaches support the positive messages of the Just Think: Teens Making Smart Choices expo and encourage families to attend. If your teen has practice at North, you can swing by the expo when you pick up your teen. Your teen can grab a slice of pizza at the expo to tide her/him over until dinner.

Okay, I’m thinking about coming with my teen. Who are the exhibitors?

Exhibitors: daytime and evening

  1. Al-Anon Alateen Family Groups
  2. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  3. Bike Newton
  4. Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
  5. Call2Talk
  6. Center for Civic Engagement and Service
  7. Families for Depression Awareness
  8. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous
  9. Gender Sexuality Alliance
  10. Get Real Campaign
  11. IMPACT
  12. IMPACT Melanoma
  13. In Control Family Foundation
  14. INTERFACE Referral Service
  15. JDRF
  16. John M. Barry Boys and Girls Club
  17. Journey to Safety/Jewish Family and Children's Service
  18. McLean Hospital
  19. Minding Your Mind
  20. Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association (MEDA)
  21. NAMI Newton Wellesley
  22. Newton Free Library
  23. Newton Health and Human Services (Newton Youth Services, Newton PATH, Newton Cares)
  24. Newton Police Department
  25. Newton SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council)
  26. Newton Wellesley Hospital
  27. NNHS Celebration 2018
  28. NNHS Gender Sexuality Alliance
  29. NNHS Prevention/Intervention Counseling
  30. OurNewton.org
  31. Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts
  32. REACH Beyond Domestic Violence
  33. Riverside Emergency Services
  34. Samaritans, Inc.
  35. West Suburban YMCA
  36. Whole Foods Newtonville Healthy Eating Specialist
  37. YCCA – West Suburban YMCA Center for the Creative Arts