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Smart Talk is a daily, live, interactive program featuring conversations with newsmakers and experts in a variety of fields and exploring a wide range of issues and ideas, including the economy, politics, health care, education, culture, and the environment.  Smart Talk airs live every week day at 9 a.m. on WITF’s 89.5 and 93.3.

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Host: Scott LaMar

Smart Talk: Developmental assets can keep kids away from drugs and alcohol

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Nov 11, 2014 3:55 PM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Wednesday, November 12, 2014:

Developmental assets are the positive values, relationships, skills, and experiences that help children and teenagers make good choices in life. 

Assets are often described as connections young people make or support they get from their parents, educators, or other adults.

The thinking goes that the more positive assets a child or teenagers has, the less likely that young person is to make unhealthy choices like drug and alcohol abuse.

As part of WITF's Real Life Real Issues: Drugs and Young People, Smart Talk discusses why assets are so important in preventing kids from experimenting with drugs or alcohol.

Among the assets we'll explore are family support, a caring school climate and neighborhood, service to others, adult role models, positive peer influences, high expectations, creative activities, responsibility, decision making, and self-esteem.  There are almost three dozen others that contribute to children doing the right thing.

Appearing on Wednesday's program are Phyllis Law, a Community That Cares consultant at Penn State's Prevention Research Center, Pat Gadsden of the organization Life Esteem, and Chad Acker, a Prevention/Intervention Specialist with the Cumberland-Perry Drug and Alcohol Commission.

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Phyllis Law, Pat Gadsden, and Chad Acker


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  • Scott LaMar img 2014-11-12 16:45

    Melanie of Carlisle has a suggestion...
    I keep wondering when I've been listening to the program today and yesterday, if schools have ever considered creating a coalition/network of parents who are recovering addicts/alcoholics who can work together to help in the efforts to support and educate children.

    Thank you for considering my question.

    Melanie G