Prepare Your Teen for their Future – Parent Workshops

Family in living room with laptop smiling


Cabrillo Extension  & the Early Childhood Education Program are teaming up with Santa Cruz County College Commitment (S4C) and Positive Discipline Community Resources to provide specialized parenting classes geared towards building relationships that foster energetic and values-based approaches to helping our young teenagers pursue successful career paths. These classes offer parents the opportunity to learn about the child’s world so as to better understand thoughts, feelings and the decisions children make.

Focusing primarily on the age of middle school teens/pre-teens, these classes will teach parents about the changes that come with this new developmental stage. What’s more, parents will learn how to help their teens navigate the transition from middle school to high school in a way that actively helps prepare them for their futures. Come and gain new understanding of behaviors, discover insight about the physiological changes of the teenage brain, and learn how to foster a sense of capability in your child.


 The New Territory of the Teenage Years

Feel like your child has changed overnight and no longer listens to anything you have to say? This class explains why that is by offering parents greater knowledge of this new developmental phase. By exploring what we want for our children and the importance of “connecting before correcting” parents will gain a clearer perspective on how to navigate what lies ahead. Learn about the changes occurring in the teenage brain and the importance of brain function for clear communication. This class also teaches simple and effective tools to gain cooperation and encourage participation in the family, the household and future aspirations.

The classes will be offered on Satuday, July 12th from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Or on Saturday, June 28th in Spanish from 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. Please visit for more information.


Countdown to Launch: Preparing Your Teen for Their Future

Learn how you can help prepare your teenager for their future as you move from the pilot’s seat into the co-pilot’s seat. This class will explore the changing role parents must play as their teenagers individuate. It also addresses how to develop your teen’s sense of intrinsic motivation so that they become active agents in preparing for their future. Understand your own triggers, the importance of self-care, and how to avoid parenting from a place of unresolved issues of your own past. Develop communication skills to promote understanding and cooperation, and help build accountability and responsibility.

The classes will be offered on Satuday, July 26th from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Or on Saturday, July 12th in Spanish from 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. Please visit for more information.


Parents and Teens Together, Setting the Course!

The final class in the series invites the teenagers to attend with their parents. Having both parents and teenagers in class is an opportunity to explore ways to work in partnership on mutual goals. Together they will practice establishing routines for studying and family life with family meetings, and making agreements on issues of importance in household functioning. Both parents and teenagers will learn tools for improved communication and see change as a continuum with opportunities for the future.

The classes will be offered on Satuday, August 9th from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Or on Saturday, July 26th in Spanish from 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. Please visit for more information.



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