Fall Teen Mentoring Programs Start in Time for Schools; Mitch DeArmon Offers Winning Strategies for Adolescent Boys

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Sonoma based mentoring organization LeadershipWorks with Mitch DeArmon announces new fall mentoring programs for teen boys and September 18th "Parenting Your Son" workshop for their families.

Critically-needed help for teen boys is available from LeadershipWorks, a Sonoma County mentoring and consulting organization developed by Mitch DeArmon, an authority on teenage boys.

“With the start of school” says DeArmon, “teenage boys need all the help they can get to survive the jolt from a carefree summer.

“The first weeks back may be challenging for some kids. Young men aren’t motivated to discipline themselves which means they often have an especially hard time adjusting to the rules, responsibilities and structure that govern the school experience," according to DeArmon.

DeArmon offers a spectrum of programs for teenagers and their families designed to support them through this time including mentoring programs, parenting workshops and consulting. LeadershipWorks also works with administrators to bring mentoring programs into schools.

Fall Teen Mentoring

DeArmon’s LeadershipWorks mentoring programs offer a means for young men ages 13-18 to participate in weekly group sessions teaching the practice of accountability, leadership, responsibility (and having fun). The next 12-week program begins September 27 in Santa Rosa, September 28 in Sebastopol and on September 30 in Petaluma. For registration and tuition call 707-876-3100 or visit http://www.leadershipworks.org.

A National Emergency

DeArmon's unique perspective--earned helping thousands of young men and their families--puts him at the forefront of the urgent concern for male youth.

"Being a teenage boy has never been harder," DeArmon emphasized, “The rise in hazing, violence, depression, abusive use of drugs and alcohol, is only the beginning. Teenage boys are more likely than girls to be victims of suicide or homicide. Our hope and our challenge lies in working together for the benefit of our male youth.”

Larry Ledson, 19, of Santa Rosa was introduced to DeArmon’s LeadershipWorks programs, several years ago. “Mitch has held me accountable for my behavior and helped me get over my fears to become the man I’ve always wanted to be,” he said.

About Mitch DeArmon and LeadershipWorks

DeArmon’s innovative approach to helping young men (ages 12 to 20) has made him a sought-after trainer and speaker from workshops for incarcerated youth at the California Youth Authority, to talks given at the International Conference on Men's Health.

In 2001 DeArmon founded LeadershipWorks in Sonoma County to serve young men and their families through mentoring programs, summer adventure “ Buffalo” camps, parenting workshops, information, and consulting. DeArmon also works with school districts to conduct programs for male students and serves as a youth advocate for Restorative Resources, a nonprofit diversion program that develops and implements plans for juvenile offenders to keep them out of the court system. He also consults with families and boys in crisis.

DeArmon’s strategies for raising teen boys are highlighted in a forceful half-hour KSRO radio show, Reality Check with Mitch DeArmon (AM-1350) airing weekly on Tuesdays at 12:30 pm.

Parenting Your Son Workshop

On Saturday, September 18, Mitch De Armon will conduct a “Parenting Your Son” workshop in Santa Rosa designed to provide parents with critical survival skills to make it through the harrowing teen years. The 1/2 day program offers insight into the mind of the teen boy and real world strategies for addressing problem behavior through effective discipline and communication.

To learn more about LeadershipWorks programs for youths and their families including fall teen mentoring programs, “Parenting A Son” workshop and other services, call 707-876-3100 or access HYPERLINK "http://www.leadershipworks.org" http://www.leadershipworks.org
(Their website offers many practical tips for raising teen sons).

To schedule an interview, obtain photographs or request additional information contact: Anne Coffelt, Compass Rose Public Relations

T. 707.939.9410/compassrose@vom.com

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