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Teen dance & adventure, free trainings, THC drinks update & more

Teen Night Out Next Friday!

Norwalk teens, it's going to be a night to remember! Sign up now for our FREE DANCE next Friday, May 17th from 7 to 10 p.m. Grab your friends and join us at the nightclub to dance to music through the decades. It's a great way to celebrate spring, the end of AP exams, have a special night out if you missed prom, or even re-wear your prom clothes!

Dress code is up to you--dress up or dress down! Open to grades 9-12 from Norwalk. Register here.

Teen Adventure Recovery Program

This summer, adolescents who are struggling can embark on a journey of transformation and healing.

High Focus Centers is combining its Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for adolescents struggling with mental health and co-occurring disorders with new adventure-based programming by Adventure Recovery. The program blends outdoor adventures with therapeutic interventions to guide teens toward healing and personal growth. Contact Nicole Hampton for more info.

LGBTQIA2S+ Lunchtime Webinar

Next Thursday, The Hub is hosting an LGBTQIA2S+ Prevention webinar by Triangle Community Center. Register to learn how to enhance your LGBTQIA2S+ Allyship knowledge as well as learn about evidence-based prevention strategies for LGBTQIA2S+ youth. The workshop will cover terms and language, review state data, discuss how to use the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) to identify risk & protective factors, and review strategies for building inclusive environments.

Day of Training for Youth-Serving Adults

Register now for Norwalk's 2nd annual Day of Training! This is an initiative of the Norwalk ACTS Social Emotional Health (SEH) Initiative, designed to build the skills of the trusted adults who work with youth in our community.

Are you a coach? mentor? extracurricular program leader? youth minister? security guard? The FREE workshops at the day of training will enable you to recognize and support students around mental health, trauma, gender/sexual identity, substance issues, and to practice deescalation and restorative justice. June 18 and again in October! Register here

Pride in the Park

Save the date for this year's Pride in the Park on Saturday, June 8th (raindate June 9th), at Veteran's Park! It's a great family-friendly event with live performances, vendors, and music and food all day from 12pm-8pm.

Also: Volunteers are needed for shifts throughout the day from 9am-10pm. To volunteer, please fill out this form. Youth 12 and older are welcome to volunteer alongside a guardian!

THC Drinks update

On Wednesday, the last day of the legislative session, the General Assembly passed House Bill 5150, An Act Concerning Cannabis and Hemp Regulation. Among other things, the bill creates and regulates a product category for THC-infused beverages. These beverages will only be able to be sold at licensed cannabis retailers and licensed package stores, closing the supposed loophole that has made them available at grocery stores and other locations. (See prior blog post here.) The bill also specifies that a 12 oz can must be considered a single serving and may contain no more than 3 mg THC. It also provides for product testing, packaging, and labeling.

In other cannabis news, CADCA has put out an action alert for those interested in providing input into the federal regulations related to hemp. The Farm Bill will be taken up by Congress on May 23rd. To learn more and/or send an editable message, visit this page.

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