The first step to helping another is educating yourself. As a parent, you may feel blindsided to think that your child may have a drug or alcohol problem. This is not the end of the world, but at this difficult crossroads there are a few crucial steps that you as a parent can take that will make a big difference in the life of your child.

DETECTING ALCOHOL AND DRUG USE

Signs and
Symptoms

If a parent feels there is something “off” with their teen, they’re probably right. Trust your intuition. Learn about the signs and symptoms of teen drug abuse. Read More >

THE FACTS

Know
the Facts

Teenagers are constantly bombarded with information about drugs. Use this resource to wade through what is true—and what isn’t. Learn more about The Facts and other resources to understand the true impact of drugs and alcohol in your lives. Read More >

UNDERSTANDING TEENS

Transition and
Communication

Adolescence is a time of transition from childhood to adulthood that is filled with possibilities, endless energy, growth spurts and emotional changes that can be filled with conflict and stress. Read More >

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Whatchu Eatin’? Photo Contest

04/04/2020 to 04/15/2020, Statewide
Calling all Hawai‘i high school students ages 13-18. Submit your food photo and story for a chance to win great prizes. The Hawaii Youth Food Council wants to hear from ... more »

Stream photography classes for free

Nikon makes their online photography classes available through April
Nikon’s mission is to empower creators by helping creators stay inspired, engaged and growing. To bring that spirit, Nikon is providing all of their online courses free for the entire ... more »

National Museum of Natural History – Virtual Tours

Tour the Smithsonian virtually
Want to take a family excursion from the safety of your own home? The Smithsonian, National Museum of Natural History virtual tours allow visitors to take self-guided, room-by-room tours of ... more »

HCAN launches resource guide for families

Hawaiʻi COVID-19 Resources
The Hawai`i Children's Action Network (HCAN) has created a website that identifies resources for families, including food, child care, financial information, and COVID-19 screening sites. Utilizing both online and local ... more »

Cyberbullying: How teens are targeted in the digital world

Cyberbullying is a whole new level of being a jerk, because it's “faceless.” ... more »

6 Books to Inspire and Teach Your Teen

Milk and Honey By Rupi Kaur This is book that has a collection of poetry that explores a variety of themes ranging from love, loss, trauma, healing, femininity, migration, and ... more »

The benefits of encouraging your teen to get involved!

Involvement in community or extracurricular activities provides terrific opportunities for your teen to develop skills, expand their interests, and stay healthy. There are many different kinds of activities available through ... more »

CONNECTING WITH YOUR KIDS

Parents are
Important

Parents are the strongest influence on the lives of their children. Your words and actions affect every aspect of their growth and the choices they make. Read More >