The Break teen center in Crystal Lake to tackle ‘tough topics’


[John Konstantaras – For Shaw Media]

[Gayle Nitsche, with Argonne Charitable Foundation, talks with teens at a recent Estrogen Express for teen girls, one of many offerings at the Break teen center in Crystal Lake.]

“This topic is huge, and I hope parents and community members really take us on on this,” said Brenda Napholz, board president of the Break.

“The ABC’s of Healthy Relationships” geared toward adults will include information on how to define healthy relationships, the warning signs of unhealthy teen relationships and tips on how to help teens. Similarly, the teen program will contain the same information, but instead of tips on how to help teens, it will focus on tips on how to help friends.

“These are important topics in the community,” Napholz said.

“Unless we educate the community and the kids, sometimes we’re not aware it’s there. … Most of the time, when the topics come up, the kids know very well it’s there. A lot of times, you get friends trying to help friends. They need to know the signs and to turn it over to trusted adults.”

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