The Urban Parent/Guardian Association (PGA) invites the school community to a special UrbanConnect event featuring Dr. Susan Wilkens and Olivia Morgan, on Tuesday, February 9, at 8:30 am. Olivia will share recent research on teens from the California Partners Project. Susan will keynote UrbanConnect with an in-depth look at how parents and families can cope with and navigate the current pandemic.
Please join us for an event that will nourish you and help you to connect more deeply with your values and your children.
What Do We Do Now?
Parenting teens in a normal year is stressful, but this past year has posed unprecedented challenges for our kids and ourselves. The anxiety, frustration and uncertainty have left us feeling overwhelmed and weary. Susan will provide updates on how teens and parents are faring and share strategies for supporting our students and coping skillfully with our emotions.
The pandemic has forced parents to step up our game to navigate this exceptional time. If we are willing, we can use "the great pause" as an opportunity to reflect and zero in on what's most important to us as parents.
Are the Kids Alright?
In March 2020, schools across California and the nation abruptly closed in response to COVID-19 and shelter-in-place requirements. Since that time, the lives of adolescents have been disrupted and reshaped in rapid and unprecedented ways. The internet and electronic devices are now where social, educational, professional and developmental activities all take place. Olivia will describe the research done by the Child Mind Institute in partnership with the California Partners Project to understand how teens are coping with the uncharted realities of social isolation and constant virtual connectivity during COVID-19. Read the resulting Are the Kids Alright? report.
Dr. Susan Wilkens is a clinical psychologist in San Francisco, specializing in anxiety management, mindfulness and parenting. She has worked with local schools, hospitals and community clinics with children and families for over two decades. She supervises graduate students and provides teaching and consultation to licensed therapists. Her private practice focuses on adolescents and adults. She is also a mom of two Urban students.
Olivia Morgan has created, developed and led a series of innovative programs to center marginalized voices in US public policy and society. In 2020 she co-founded the California Partners Project with Jennifer Siebel Newsom to advance gender equity and child wellbeing through California leadership. In 2017 she established Common Sense Media’s Gender Equity is Common Sense initiative to study the impact of media on children’s understanding of gender and make the findings easily accessible to content creators, parents and Common Sense’s media reviewers. Olivia is honored to have served on the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and guided its creation of the National Student Poets Program, under Michelle Obama’s leadership. She is the mom of an Urban 10th grader.