Whittier College and SPA 7 Child Abuse Council to Host Reality Party for More Than 100 Community Parents


April 22, 2016

Reality Party Event, Social Work, Teen DrinkingReality Parties educate parents about trends in youth alcohol and drug use

As part of Child Abuse Prevention month, Whittier College in collaboration with SPA 7 Child Abuse Council will host Reality Parties for more than 100 parents from the surrounding community to educate them about the culture of teen parties and the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse. Six reality party tours –which are open to the public – will take place on Saturday, April 30 at Dezember House on the Whittier College campus starting at 2 p.m. until 6:45 p.m. Tours will be hosted in English and Spanish.

Participating parents will engage in 30-minute walk-throughs of a mock "teen house party" that is characteristic of the typical drinking, drug use, and other dangers, acted out by teenage actors. Following the tour, experts will conduct a question and answer session and lead an interactive discussion with parents.

Children are not allowed on the reality party house tours, but they are welcome to participate in the activities planned for “Day of the Child” which will include art projects for youth on the lawn of Wardman Library on the Whittier College campus.

A Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) crash car will also be on display outside Dezember House between the hours of 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Whittier College’s Introduction to Social Work students led by Professor Lisa Ibañez and other faculty members have been heavily involved in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the Reality Parties.

For more information and to register for the Reality Party, please visit www.spa7cac.ticketleap.com or call Pamela Sepulveda 562-594-6825 ext. 232.