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The Top Secret Project: Decoding the Mysteries of the Teen Domain
Posted 11/05/2017 11:00AM

Looks can be deceiving... Do you ever wonder what is hiding in your teen's bedroom?

A free traveling exhibit, the Top Secret Project, is coming to Fridley High School on Tuesday, November 14 from 6-8:30 p.m. This will be the first in a series of Top Secret Project presentations in Anoka County.

The Top Secret Project aims to help parents and other concerned community members understand how ordinary objects found in a teen's bedroom, such as books, candles, dental floss, lip balm and more, may point to potentially risky behavior, such as alcohol and/or drug use; self-harm; eating disorders; bullying; or criminal or gang activity.

The Top Secret Project gives parents the opportunity to walk through a full-size mock-up of a typical teen’s bedroom to try to spot some of the dozens of everyday items that may be cause for concern. There will also be a resource fair featuring representatives from area law enforcement and community agencies, including Lee Carlson Center; Nystrom & Associates; Know the Truth, the prevention program of MN Adult & Teen Challenge; and Alexandra House. The walk-through exhibit runs from 6-7 p.m. followed by a presentation and discussion from 7-8:30 p.m.by Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation staff.

“We all want to help our children safely navigate the teen years, but we can’t do that if we don’t know what to look for,” said Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah, chair, Anoka County Board. “The Top Secret Project offers invaluable insight and resources for parents to help them identify warning signs that are often hiding in plain sight.”

Free childcare is available for children age 2 to grade 4. There will also be youth activities (grade 5 and up) featuring prize drawings, free pizza, and guest speakers on the risks of drug use and other issues facing young people.

Participants are asked to pre-register for this FREE event at anokacounty.us/TopSecretRegistration or by calling 763-324-1555

The Fridley High School event is the first in the series. Upcoming dates include:

• January 9, Centennial High School West Building, Circle Pines

• January 11, Anoka-Hennepin School District Educational Service Center, Anoka

• February 22, St. Francis area (time and location to be determined)

Learn more at anokacounty.us/TopSecret.


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