MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Samaritan Counseling Center partnered with the city of Montgomery to host the Better Parenting for Brighter Futures Assembly and Expo on Saturday. The Expo serves to connect parents with professional resources and skills to aid in the development of Montgomery youth.
The idea was initiated from a September 2017 gathering with community members discussing mental health issues affecting the River Region. After Mayor Todd Strange encouraged the group to bring a community-wide event to cover these issues, the Expo was held.
"This is the brainchild of Mayor Todd Strange's youth initiative. So we came here today to provide an environment where parents, guardians, youth, clergymen, and many of our volunteers are here to just get resources about the things that we have going on in Montgomery. To help with suicide and bullying, and parenting in the age of social media which everybody needs to be aware of. So it's just an opportunity to come out and get resources," said organizer Candyce Anderson.
Parents were encouraged to bring their children to participate in sports activities. Medical and mental health professionals as well as celebrity athletes will be in attendance to host meetings on a variety of topics with parents. The Expo will also allow parents and children to access resources from different organizations that interact with children, parents and families.