Keynote speaker Tim Ryan, recovering addict and bereaved parent, teams with law enforcement, treatment centers and school administration to talk warning signs, trends and assistance
Geneva Community Unit School District 304 will host an upcoming program to engage parents, community members, and local officials in a discussion about the reality of drug and alcohol use among students.
“Drugs & Alcohol: What Geneva Parents & Community Should Know,” is scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 25, 2018 at Geneva High School. The program includes keynote speaker Tim Ryan, school administrators, local law enforcement and support services.
Founder of A Man in Recovery Foundation, Ryan is a former addict and ex-convict who lost his son to a heroin overdose. The Naperville resident has dedicated his life to helping others find recovery, and he will be delivering some sobering statistics about students’ drug and alcohol use.
“To be aware is to be alive,” Ryan said in a recent TEDx Talk with Naperville residents, stressing the need for communities to engage in the discussion about drugs and alcohol. “How are we going to expose the truth if we don’t talk about it?”
Organizers hope the event will spur some much-needed conversation around this topic, featuring a Q&A session with audience members and a panel of local experts.
“We believe that the presence of drugs and alcohol is a bigger issue in our community than people realize,” said Geneva High School Principal Tom Rogers. “Our goal with this program is to provide information about all the support resources that are available right here in our community.”
This event will feature information tables from local resources, which to date include:
Geneva School District provides a list of additional support resources on its website at this link.
Need a Sitter?
Free child care will be available for families attending this event, thanks to Little Vikings and Operation Snowball. For more information and to sign up your child(ren) for this service, please complete the registration form below; deadline to register for child care is at noon Jan. 25.