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Understanding Your Teenager with Mark Oestreicher

Understanding Your Teenager

It's often tough to understand why teenagers do what they do. One moment they're calm and rational, and the next they're agitated and emotional. One day they're making incredibly wise choices, and the next they're making disastrous mistakes. Yesterday they earned your trust, but today it seems they've lost it once again. Why such inconsistency? Credit their brains. This parent seminar will be filled with helpful, practical insights from a veteran youth worker (and parent of two teenagers!). He'll guide you through the world of the teenage brain to help you understand and appreciate the amazing transformations it undergoes in adolescence and prepare our children for adulthood and its many responsibilities.

Mark Oestreicher (Marko) is a veteran youth worker and founding partner in The Youth Cartel, providing resources, training and coaching for church youth workers. The author of dozens of books, including Youth Ministry 3.0, Marko is a sought after speaker, writer and consultant. Marko lives in San Diego with his wife Jeannie and two teenage children, Liesl and Max. Marko’s blog:


Global Education Experience - Applying to Anglophone Universities

The Global Education Experience will offer a wonderful presentation helping parents better understand the timeline, challenges and best practices for applying to Anglophone universities around the world.

A 45-minute time of Questions & Answers will follow the presentation.

This is usually a charged event, but ACP Youth is offering this free of charge and hope you can benefit from this opportunity.  Open to all.
ACP Parent Forum Jan 26

Global Education Experience- Presentation 26 January 2014

The Presentation

The presentation by Global Education Experience, a Paris-based educational counseling company, will help students and their parents better understand the timeline, challenges, and best practices for applying to Anglophone universities around the world. The first hour of the session will feature a presentation, primarily about the U.S. and U.K. application systems. The second hour will be a Q&A for parents to have their most pressing questions answered.

Presenter Profiles

Sebastian is a passionate and experienced writer who, until recently, worked for The American University of Paris, first as a recruitment coordinator and then as the Online Communications Manager, before accepting a position as a Communications Officer at the OECD in 2014. Sebastian works directly with students on developing their personal statements and helps prepare them for potential interviews.

Joumana is a multilingual international education pecialist, counselor, and higher education consultant based in Paris, France. She found her passion for educational counseling in her work as a Senior Admissions Counselor at The American University of Paris. In 2012 Joumana co-founded Global Education Experience, and educational counseling company in Paris that assists families in choosing and applying to schools and universities. Joumana's specialties are educational counseling, university research and choices and application management.

The Company

Global Education Experience is a private educational consulting company based in Paris, France. Their motivated and dynamic team is specialized in the field of international education and can assist you and your son or daughter with the process of choosing and applying to the right university and program.

They work directly with the family to find the most suitable program based on the student's profile. All of their services are personalized and adapted to each student and their family. They believe in a hands-on approach and work closely with the student, family, and school to create a positive and successful admissions experience.

Family Annual Review


A Parent's Guide to Social Media

Workshop led by Denise Dampierre

Do you ever feel like communication between you and your child just does not connect? You say something and ... nothing. Zero response. Aggggh! Might your teens think the same thing about communicating with you?!

Many times when we "converse" with our children, parents do most of the talking. The Family Annual Review from Home Is Fun provides a positive moment when children express sensitive topics in positive and encouraging ways. They share one appreciation about Mom and Dad and one idea about something new.

In our parent workshop, we will help you introduce this rich, meaningful, and vibrant discussion into your home in a simple and positive way. Background information here and here.

Having lived her childhood in Paris, Denise Dampierre returned to the City of Light after completing her MBA at Harvard to work for Lancôme in marketing. Eight years, a French husband, and two sons later she left the company to work on other interests. She now has 4 sons and is passionate about strengthening family relationships, having created her blog Home Is Fun ( to encourage parents.

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A Parent's Guide to Social Media with Adam McLane

A Parent's Guide to Social Media

Adam McLane, Co-Author of A Parent’s Guide to Social Media says: “Delete Snapchat!” Adam McLane declared war on Snapchat in a blog post and the public is responding. His post, Why You Should Delete Snapchat received nearly 4 million views drawing national media attention, requests for interviews, and invitations to speak at public schools across the country.

Adam McLane is a leading voice and authority on teen culture, social media, and youth work. More than a “presentation,” The Six Healthy Habits of Social Media equips teenagers, teachers, and parents with language and facilitates healthy dialog on the issue. Speaking from a place of knowledge and experience, not fear and judgment,

Adam brings a healthy, balanced, positive approach to using Social Media. He knows firsthand that connecting with teenagers takes patience, persistence, transparency—and a little of creativity. When Adam McLane engages students, families, and schools, he has one purpose in mind: to create a positive environment that encourages communication, equips parents and teachers, and educates teens. His unique events bring together adults and teenagers in an open and honest discussion on the realities and dangers of life in a digitally-connected world.

For more information on Adam McLane or A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Social Media visit