Character Building Educational Presentations to Seaford Students
May 10, 2022 - Seaford Middle School and Zoom (TBD)
Cyber Security - Sharon Galvin
Ms Galvin is a former police officer who now educates youth and parents on the topics of Internet Safety, Cyber Bullying and Sexting. Presentations include ways to keep our youth safe while navigating the internet and social media. Educate on personal safety, and protection against scams.
March 30, 2022 - Seaford High School and Zoom(tbd)
The Effects of Addictive Drugs/Behaviors, Vaping and COVID-19 on the Adolescent and Adult Brain”.
We are proud to partner with the Seaford School District to offer a community-wide virtual program led by Dr. Stephen Dewey on March 30. Dr. Dewey will discuss “The Effects of Addictive Drugs/Behaviors, Vaping and COVID-19 on the Adolescent and Adult Brain”. Please save the date so you can join us to learn information that is incredibly relevant and critical for us all to know.
Stephen L. Dewey received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship in the Neurology Department at Stony Brook University. In 1986, Dr. Dewey was recruited to the Chemistry Department at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). During his 23-year tenure at BNL, Dr. Dewey conducted pre-clinical and clinical research on the effects of addictive drugs on the human brain. These studies led to the development of an effective pharmacologic treatment for addiction – currently in clinical trials worldwide. In 1992,
Dr. Dewey initiated an outreach program designed to educate people about the science of addiction. Based on his research findings, this program has expanded to school districts throughout Long Island, the tri-state area and across the US. His informative message has reached hundreds of thousands of school-age children, parents, teachers, administrators, and counselors. “Dr. Dewey’s message is science-based, objective, and delivered with a sense of urgency, compassion and caring that commands attention.” stated former LICADD Executive Director, Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds. Recently, Dr. Dewey accepted an appointment to the Suffolk County Board of Health where he hopes to continue his education efforts in the fight against drug abuse.
Dr. Dewey’s research has been featured on 20/20, Dateline, Good Morning America, ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, CNN, FOX News, News 12 Long Island, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Newsday. Dr. Dewey is the recipient of many honors and awards. These include the Department of Energy’s Distinguished Research and Development award and its ER100 award, The Brookhaven Award for Distinguished Effort in Community Service, Man of the Year in Science, Man of the Year in Education, the Officer John Jantzen Memorial Award for Prevention, Caron’s Community Service award .
November 22, 2021 - Seaford High School
The I'mPossible Project by Josh Rivedal
Joshua Rivedal moved from New Jersey to New York City at the age of 20 to tackle the world of fame, fortune, and the Broadway stage...in what he thought would be stepping stone to Hollywood and a star on the walk of fame. Eight years later and through a series of remarkable life events, a bad economy, and mixture of collegiate and self-education; Joshua reinvented himself as an international public speaker, author, playwright, curriculum developer, educator, marketing consultant, and arts entrepreneur.
Mr. Rivedal has committed himself to teaching young people how to navigate some of life's darkest moments. With a focus on mental health and suicide prevention, the main goal of Mr. Rivedal's presentation is to foster resiliency, responsibility, and self-control.
He is a mixture of creative and logic, business and pleasure, local-centric and global minded. As a public speaker his primary focus is on suicide prevention, mental health, diversity/inclusion, and anti-bullying; speeches and seminars on his experiences as a survivor of loss, an attempt survivor, an abuse survivor, and youth suicide prevention. His mental health based curriculum, Changing Minds, is a six module series that combines lecture, storytelling, group discussion, and improv theatre to enhance emotional development—providing hope, help, and providing life saving skills. Modules include: The Basics of Mental Health, How to Develop Coping Skills, The Importance of Storytelling and Support Systems, Living With a Mental Health Condition, Suicide Awareness and Prevention, Anti-bullying/Diversity and Inclusion.