Ask the Educator: “Will you please give my kid ‘the talk?'”

“Ethan, will you please give my kid the talk.” I get this question a lot! And I totally understand. It is uncomfortable talking about things like puberty, relationships, and sex. Especially if we came from households where our parents didn’t talk about these topics. And while I am happy to discuss these topics with young people, I want to talk about why it is best for YOU to talk to them. 1)      Having “the talk” isn’t really about one talk. It is a talk that happens over and over again throughout a child’s life. It can begin with something as simple as teaching them right words for their body parts (yes Continue reading →

TOP Parent Focus Group

Syracuse Northeast Community Center is happy to announce that we will be offering a new teen youth group starting this fall called TOP (Teen Outreach Program). If you’re interested in learning more, come by our TOP Parent Focus Group: Tuesday, September 12th, 6 – 7 pm Northeast Community Center (716 Hawley Ave.) For more information or to RSVP for the focus group, contact: Ethan Lewis (315) 472-6343 ext 229 TOP is an evidence-based youth development program that empowers teens with the tools and opportunities needed to build a foundation of healthy behaviors, life skills, a sense of purpose, and avoid risky behaviors that could derail success. TOP has been Continue reading →

Meet the Coordinator

Why don’t you tell us a little about yourself? My name is Ethan Lewis and I’m the new Comprehensive Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Educator! But since that’s a mouthful you can just call me Ethan. I have a Master’s Degree in Social Work, I love cats, and my favorite snack is bubbletea. Are you originally from this area? I’m originally from Binghamton, NY but I moved to Syracuse for grad school. I’ve been living in the area for about five years. Can you describe what TOP will look like? TOP is a youth group aimed at youth 12-13. We will be meeting a few times a week to learn together, and Continue reading →