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 23, 2017 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?

Here is the exhibitor list for 2017.

  1. Exhibitors: daytime and evening

  2. Alateen
  3. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  4. ASC
  5. Aware
  6. Bike Newton
  7. Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
  8. Call2Talk
  9. Families for Depression Awareness
  10. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous
  11. Get Real Campaign
  12. Health and Human Services (Youth Services, Newton PATH, Newton Cares)
  13. IMPACT
  14. In Control Family Foundation
  15. JDRF
  16. John M. Barry Boys and Girls Club of Newton
  17. Journey to Safety/Jewish Family & Children's Service
  18. Melanoma Foundation of New England
  19. Minding Your Mind
  20. Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association
  21. NAMI Newton Wellesley
  22. Newton Free Library
  23. Newton Parent Advisory Council for Special Education
  24. Newton Police Department
  25. Newton-Wellesley Hospital
  26. NNHS Celebration 2017
  27. NNHS Center for Civic Engagement and Service
  28. NNHS GSA (Gender Sexuality Alliance)
  29. NNHS Prevention/Intervention
  30. NNHS School Store
  31. OurNewton.org
  32. Parents Helping Parents
  33. Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts
  34. REACH Beyond Domestic Violence
  35. Riverside Community Care-Emergency Services
  36. Rotary Club of Newton
  37. Samaritans, Inc.
  38. Students Against Drunk Driving
  39. West Suburban YMCA
  40. West Suburban YMCA Center for the Creative Arts (YCCA)
  41. Whole Foods Market Newtonville
  42. William James INTERFACE Referral Service