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Upcoming Events

May 22, 6:30-8:00 PM  WHEN presents a free forum for parents and guardians of kids in (roughly) 3rd through 6th grade: Coffee & Conversation: Navigating the Tween Years. We plan to use a World Cafe model to explore creative solutions to some of today’s parenting challenges. Participants will take home prevention strategies to help kids manage stress, dodge “frienemies”, avoid substance use, and stay healthy as they mature. The program will include discussion and sharing of ideas among parents to help participants grow their parent network and benefit from each other’s experiences. Join us for coffee, snacks, and a fun, fast-paced interactive evening. Bring a friend or two! Many thanks to Webster Parks and Recreation for donating the space. Please RSVP so we can plan appropriately. See additional details.

May 30, 5:30-7:30 PM  SHAC (Smoking and Health Action Coalition of Livingston and Monroe Counties - American Lung Association) is hosting a smoke-free movie event for families at the Webster Public Library, featuring The Lorax This event is open to all. We will have pizza, drinks, and giveaways. Join us!

Upcoming Events
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A very happy birthday to these WHEN members celebrating in May:

Morgan D, Dana B, Rachael W, Julianne G, Missy R, Chelsea K, Krista G, Patricia C, Jason R, and Jane L

Our grant request was submitted! It was reviewed and revised multiple times and we believe we have an excellent shot at receiving federal funding. Now all we have to do is keep our fingers crossed and wait until it is announced in August. Many thanks to the team whose dedication has given us the best possible chance.

Community Arts Day was a huge success! Check out photos from our very busy table. WHEN volunteers shared information about protective factors with parents while their kids decorated undersea creatures with some of their favorite ways to “octopi” their time, prompting conversations about healthy activities. We handed out this flyer with additional suggestions for healthy family fun and links to more info about protective factors and conversation starters. Volunteers noted that more community members were familiar with WHEN than in the past, and we are excited about our growing visibility!


WHEN, The Town of Webster, and the Webster Police Department collaborated to provide a spring DEA National Drug Take Back event at the Webster Justice Court behind Town Hall. Thanks to our fantastic Webster residents, in just four hours over 400 pounds – 5 1/2 barrels – of medication were collected and safely disposed of. That helps to keep drugs from falling into the wrong hands, protecting loved-ones, neighbors, friends, and strangers from accidental exposure or misuse. Thank you to all who participated! If you missed it, find alternative disposal options here.


Congratulations to Christy B!  We drew her name from new newsletter subscribers to receive a $20 gift card to her choice of our partners, Guida’s Pizzeria or Mark's Pizzeria, as part of our Protective Factor community awareness initiative. Tell your friends to follow the QR code on the pizza box stickers from Guida's & Mark's, so they have a chance to get free pizza too!


The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (NYS OASAS) has announced the launch of a new Cannabis Toolkit for parents and mentors, designed to offer resources and information about cannabis and how to talk to young people about the risks of underage cannabis use and the impact it can have.

Protective Factors: Unconditional Love

The Power of Unconditional Love

“Protective factors are conditions or attributes in individuals, families, and communities that promote the health and well-being of children and families.” -

Unconditionally loving relationships with children produce these protective factors: attachment and bonding to family, social skills, emotional control, interaction with prosocial peers, and opportunities for prosocial involvement in the family.

By WHEN member, Judi Swanson, LCSW~R

“The mud will wash off but the memories will last a lifetime.” - Nadia Tayob 


For parents and guardians of children, our relationships with them grow and evolve just like they do. Step by step, word by word, experience by experience we take action to raise our children to become happy, healthy, and resilient adults with whom we have strong bonds. It is challenging because as parents and guardians we want to do what is best for our children, yet we can be unsure at times about what to do.

“Children learn more from what you are, than what you teach.” W.E.B DuBois

An article in Greater Good Berkeley states, “Starting when children are young, the way we interact with them helps shape how they respond to us and to other people in their lives.” Communication, listening, modeling, and unconditionally loving them make a difference in how they see themselves and the world around them. The same article states, “Letting the children in your life know that they are loved for who they are now and who they will become helps create a trusting relationship, also called a secure attachment. Build your relationship by spending dedicated time with your child doing something they choose, paying attention to their likes and interests.” A child with secure attachments will have higher self-esteem and sense of self, stronger emotional regulation, along with a solid foundation of compassion and empathy. Over the years, multiple studies have come to the same conclusion that one solid, secure, trusting, loving relationship with an adult will have a significant impact in the life of a child.

“If I could give my child three things, it would be the confidence to always know their self-worth, the strength to follow their dreams, and the ability to know how truly, deeply loved they are.” - Unknown

Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of life we forget that the little moments are also powerful moments with children. A dinner of cereal, an argument over school work, or feeling pressured to do chores when your child wants to read a book or watch a movie have a place in our relationships. Life lessons such as compromise, negotiation, strategy, and cooperation are being taught and modeled. For those with teenagers, as prom and graduation approach, listening and talking about being safe and healthy choices have been built on years of prior experiences and conversations. Letting any child or teen in your life know that they are unconditionally loved provides a safety net of security and love they will carry throughout their life. WHEN’s dedication to our mission to raise strong, healthy, and resilient children and teenagers is unwavering. Our website,, includes support and resources for parents, guardians, and all community members. 

Spotlight: The Denning Family


We would like to thank Juliana Denning and her family – husband Bud, and kids Evelyn & Trevor for volunteering their time to bring our protective factor activity to life at WC PTSA's recent Community Arts Day. We could not have pulled it off without them! (And extra-special thanks for cutting out hundreds of cute ocean creatures!)

Next Meeting: 5/8 at noon
Upcoming Meetings
Our next meeting is Wednesday, May 8 at noon.  Register here to receive details for both in-person and online options. 
We meet in person AND online via Google Meet the second Wednesday of each month at noon. Many of us join during our lunch break. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate. In fact, our goal is to have representation from all walks of life, to better meet the needs of the whole community. 
Read last month's Coalition Meeting Minutes.
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It’s not safe to dispose of medications in your household trash or recycling and they should not be flushed down the toilet. Please check this webpage for safe disposal options. The next local DEA National Take Back Day will be in the fall.

PSA: URMC is offering Nicotine Dependence Treatment for all ages. In-person appointments, telehealth, and free Commit to Quit group sessions are all available. This is an amazing resource for our community and has the potential to help so many struggling with nicotine addiction. It's particularly beneficial to our youth population who have seen an increase in nicotine dependence, but have had few resources to help them quit.

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