Parents and High School Teens: Mental Health TEDx Speaker

October 21, 6:30PM
NC Library, Lamb Room

Speaker: Emily Torchiana

Emily shatters the mental health stigma by sharing her personal story: being victim to cyberbullying, struggling with mental health and surviving a suicide attempt during her adolescent years. Now a young adult, Emily shares a message of hope and awareness.


Brave Conversations: Understanding Racism

Mara Gottlieb, PhD, LMSW
President of Talking Changes, LLC

June 8th, 7-8:30 PM
Zoom Videoconference

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing will change until it is faced.” – James Baldwin
“If not now, when?” Hillel the Elder

There is no better time than the present to understand racism and its toxic effects on all of us,
regardless of our skin color. But we cannot confront what we don’t know how to discuss, or
educate with information we don’t have. This honest, informative training provides the
knowledge, language, and tools to boldly and productively address issues of race, racism,
and skin color privilege. In a respectful, safe environment, we will have brave conversations
about the socially-constructed meanings of skin color and race, and the resulting impact of
racism in the United States. Finally, and most importantly, we will work together to find
solutions that will empower us to debunk and dismantle structural and individual racism in our
communities and within ourselves.

This Zoom session is open to all community members ages 14 and older. You are welcome to
attend as a family or individually.

*Trainer’s note: I am a white-European woman who cannot and does not speak for people of color. This
training is targeted (but not limited) to other white-Europeans who want a deeper understanding of race and
racism without asking our friends or colleagues of color to educate us.

This program is co-sponsored with New Canaan Library.


High School Juniors & Seniors: VIRTUAL Know Before You Go

April 29, 7:30PM

Speaker: Jessica Feighan

An in depth look at the issue of college sexual assault. Teens will learn to identify attitudes, behaviors and customs which lay the ground for sexual violence to flourish. Learn about Affirmative Consent and the policies and laws in place.

In partnership With LiveGirl & The Rowan Center