Thursday, October 25, 2012

Putting Off Peer Pressure

Sometimes, you just have to listen to Albus Dumbledore.

The erstwhile headmaster of the mythical Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry has said many wise things over the course of the Harry Potter Series.

But perhaps one of the wisest was when he told his students: "It takes a lot of courage to stand up to your enemies. It takes even more to stand up to your friends."

With that simple statement, he summed up the conflict we know as peer pressure.

Peer pressure is often portrayed as a teen problem, but in many ways, it's just the time in our lives when the choices foisted on us by peer pressure start to become dangerous and potentially life-changing.

These choices are particularly difficult when being made by teens in tough home situations, tough economic situations or tough school situations.

Without a firm foundation built during childhood, how do you muster enough self-confidence to resist peer pressure?

The answer is, with help from friends and family.

And that's what Saturday's event at the Olivet Boys and Girls Club in the Ricketts Community Center on Beech Street hopes to do.

If you live in a public housing development and need a ride, buses will be provided.

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