Posted Monday, November 15th, 2010

A parent-youth summit, “Queen Bees & Wannabes: Navigating the New Realities of Girl World and Boy World,” will be held Thursday, Dec. 9, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Meadow Wood Manor on Route 10 in Randolph.

The summit, sponsored by the Morris County Department of Human Services, is designed to help parents and their teenaged children successfully navigate the social challenges that come today with young adulthood, said Steve Nebesni, the department’s Municipal Alliance Coordinator.

The featured speaker will be Rosalind Wiseman, author of New York Times best-selling book “Queen Bees and Wannabes,” who will guide parents and teens through the transformations that have occurred in the adolescent landscape over the past several years, Nebesni said.

Those include recent advancements in technology and media such as the Internet, Facebook, You Tube and cell phone texting, which have profoundly altered the speed and ways in which boys and girls communicate, Nebesni said.

The summit is free and a light dinner will be provided. Pre-registration by Dec. 3 is required. To register or to obtain more information, call 1-866-782-5273.

The program is being supported by the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Mental Health Substance Abuse Advisory Board, the County Alliance Steering Subcommittee, the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Morris County Partners in Substance Abuse Prevention, Morris County Prevention is Key and Saint Clare’s Health System.