By Sue Botos
Your Teen Media, a source of information and support for parents of teenagers, has been awarded the 2013 Exemplar Award by Recovery Resources, a Cleveland-based nonprofit organization that supports the mentally challenged and those suffering from addiction.
The award was established in 2006 to recognize members of the Westshore community who have demonstrated “a long and distinguished record of exemplary service” and support for Recovery Resources’ Community Challenge program. Founded in Rocky River 28 years ago to address the issue of substance abuse by children and young adults, Community Challenge joined forces with Recovery Resources in 2008. The partnership allows both agencies to pool their assets when it comes to operating costs and competition for grants to support programs such as prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery.
Founded five years ago, Your Teen Media offers a quarterly print magazine and a website that provide news, opinion and advice from nationally recognized parenting experts. According to the website, www.yourteenmag.com, the publication came about when friends Susan Borison and Stephanie Silverman saw that “their own parenting concerns and fears resonated with most everyone they polled.” They also found that the books and magazines they relied on for help when their children were younger offered little guidance when it came to teenagers.
Borison, editor in chief and a mother of five, including three teens, has an undergraduate degree from Brandeis University and a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University. Silverman, who oversees marketing, advertising and sales, is mom to three, including two teenagers.
The award celebration will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 29 at the Westwood Country Club, 22625 Detroit Road in Rocky River. Guest speaker for the event will be Liz Ferro, founder of Girls With Sole, a fitness and wellness program for preteen and teenage girls.
Ferro founded the program in 2009 because she wanted at-risk girls, and those who have experienced abuse of any kind, to be given a “sporting chance” in their lives and to experience “the finish line feeling.” From an initial group of four girls, by 2012, the program was serving about 450 young women. Ferro says it’s her goal to become a national organization with chapters nationwide by 2018.
The program boasts a good track record, as many of the girls who participate in Girls With Sole, said Ferro, begin with little or no interest in athletics and end up competing in events such as a 5K race or even triathlons.
In addition to weekly workouts, participants receive a free pair of running shoes, and free entry in the road races in which they participate.
Your Teen Media joins a list of Exemplar honorees, that includes Municipal Court Judge Donna Congeni Fitzsimmons and Mayor Pam Bobst.
The evening will feature hors d’oeuvres and desserts, and complimentary valet parking will be available. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at www.recres.org/Events/ExemplarAward; by telephone at 216-431-4131, ext. 1303; or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Reservations are due by Aug. 15.