Union Free School District
- Hastings-on-Hudson U.F.S.D.
In Response to Community Concerns About Social Emotional Needs Family U Is Coming to FMS
In direct response to the growing social and emotional needs of students, Family University is coming to the middle school next week.
Featuring a series of virtual presentations carefully curated for middle school students and parents, Family University includes a variety of topics that promote emotional resilience and mental health.
Dubbed “powerful and entertaining,” the May 18 event starts at 6:30 p.m. with a keynote for parents entitled “Supporting Teens and Reducing Their Stress,” from national speaker and best-selling author Dr. Matt Bellace – described as “a clinical psychologist and comedian.” He will address students in an interactive talk on “Natural Highs and Mental Health” at 7:30 p.m.
Students and parents may select from workshops addressing a variety of topics including gender and identity, resiliency, social media and climate anxiety.
Family U is more typically done at the high school level, but because of growing evidence of middle school student needs, Farragut Middle School is hosting the event for the first time.
The school conducts a Panorama survey of students’ social emotional health three times a year, which has been very revealing, according to FMS Principal Jennifer Spirelli. “We know that many students have heightened social emotional needs and are struggling post pandemic,” she says.
“This Family U program is really ‘on point’ and I strongly encourage both parents and their children to participate,” Spirelli says.
The evening is sponsored by the Hastings W.A.Y. Coalition (Working Alliance for Youth), which works to reduce the use of alcohol, tobacco and other harmful substances among youth.