Coronado SAFE Coffee Talks 2019-2020 Share +

 

 

 

Highlights from Coronado SAFE Coffee Talks 2019-2020

 

Coffee Talk Topics 2019-2020

Every month during the school year, Coronado SAFE holds a Coffee Talk for the community covering a variety of topics. While the entire community is invited, topics focus on issues that are primarily relevant to families with children in K-12 schools in Coronado. A total of seven Coffee Talks were held in 2019-2020. Originally, nine were scheduled but due to the restrictions on gathering in groups during the spring as a result of the pandemic, the final three topics were cancelled for this school year. Appendix A provides a more detailed description of each topic. October’s regular Coffee Talk, Navigating the Smartphone Era, had the highest number of attendees in the fall. This topic also arose as one of the top issues according to the needs assessment conducted over the summer of 2019. Additionally, Coffee Talks’ film screening in February covered the topic this topic and was highly attended. The use of social media and smart phones by youth weighs heavily on the minds of parents in the Coronado community. Table 1 provides a list of the topics that were presented each month. 

 

Table 1: Coffee Talk Topics

Month

Topic

September 2019

Surviving the School Year: Conquering Chaos in the Family

October 2019

Navigating the Smartphone Era*

November 2019

Alternative Treatment to Mental Health

December 2019

Helping Your Teen with Anxiety

January 2020

Executive Function

February 2020

LIKE Screening


 

Total Number of Registrations versus Attendance

Coffee Talks continued to be popular events throughout the 2019/20 school year. Attendance numbers each month exceeded the number who pre-registered. February had a larger attendance number because it was a special event film screening and was tied to the topic of smartphones and social media – issues that are of particular importance to the community. The film is about the impact of social media on our lives and accessibility through smartphones. The film was followed by a discussion of the effects social media and smartphones have on youth with a panel of three experts.

 

 

Snapshot of Attendees

The audience for the Coffee Talks consists primarily of parents (74%) of at least one child aged K-12 in Coronado. The average number of children of the attendees is 2.4 and the oldest child is a young teen (13 years). The majority of attendees (88%) are married. Over half (70%) of Coffee Talk attendees had attended a previous Coffee Talk and of those, 100% stated they had changed their behavior because of something they learned from the Coffee Talk. The most common way attendees learned about the talks was through school flyers (52%). A large number of military families are part of the Coronado community as there are two bases in the area. Many of those families have children in Coronado schools and attend Coffee Talks (n=92).

 

 

  

Coffee Talk Results

A total of 326 post-event surveys were collected from Coffee Talk participants throughout the year. The surveys asked questions about participants’ perception of knowledge gained, the use of information in the future, and if they would recommend the Coffee Talks to others. If they had been to a Coffee Talk in the past, participants were also asked if they had used the information learned from a previous Coffee Talk in their lives. The results of the survey showed participants felt their knowledge increased, the topic was important to them, they were satisfied and had intentions of changing their behavior based on what they had learned. Of those who had attended a Coffee Talk in the past, 100% noted they had made some type of behavior change as a direct result of the information they learned from the Coffee Talk.

All of the topics for Coffee Talks resulted in very positive feedback from attendees; the October Coffee Talk about the use of smartphones was highest overall. It was also only one of two topics where surveys reflected that 100% of attendees planned to use the information they learned from the Coffee Talk in the future. This coincides with the Needs Assessment completed over the summer in which participants were most concerned about the use of smartphones and social media apps that are a core element of smartphone use among Coronado youth. January’s topic of Executive Function was the only other topic in which 100% of attendees stated they would use the information learned from the Coffee Talk in the future. This also supports the Needs Assessment finding that Coronado parents are concerned about smartphones and social media use and the cognitive development of youth. Table 2 shows the aggregated results for all Coffee Talks and Figure 2 breaks these same results down by each monthly coffee talk.

 

Figure 3: Attendee Perception Word Cloud

Attendees were asked to give one word or short phrase of what the Coffee Talks meant to them. These words were then put into a software to create a word cloud (Figure 3). The software takes the words and sizes them according to how often they were mentioned. For example, for the Coffee Talks, words such as “helpful,” “informative,” “Important,” “Great,” and “Awesome” were mentioned more often than “good,” “thoughtful,” and “encouraging.” As seen by this word cloud, attendees were very positive about their reaction to the topics presented at the Coffee Talks.

 

Conclusion

SAFE Coffee Talks were positively received and well-attended by the community for the 2019/20 year, with attendance always exceeding pre-registration numbers. Participants at the Coffee Talks felt their knowledge increased, the topics covered were important to them and indicated intentions of changing their behavior based on what they had learned. Of those who had attended a Coffee Talk in the past, 100% noted they had made some type of behavior change as a direct result of the information they learned from the Coffee Talk. The topic of smartphone and social media use was shown to be the most important topic. This was reflected in the high attendance at February’s special event film-screening which was tied to the topic of smartphones and social media. The October Coffee Talk about the use of smartphones had the highest rate of positive feedback. This coincides with the Needs Assessment conducted over the summer, in which participants indicated being most concerned about the cognitive development of youth and the use of smartphones and social media apps. Though this topic is not unique to the Coronado community, it is a topic which comes up over and over again as an issue of high importance to parents and community members. The monthly Coffee Talks have been a valuable asset and support to the community by Coronado SAFE. They continue to provide a high level of value to participants, all free-of-charge.

 


 

Appendix A: Details of Monthly Coffee Talk Topics

 

Fall 2019

September: Surviving the School Year: Conquering Chaos in the Family

Guest speaker Dr. Colleen Mullen, PsyD, LMFT, offers ways to transform your family by mastering family transitions, learning tips and tricks to de-stress the whole family, recognize red flags (when to be concerned for your child) and brush up on time management strategies.

 

October: Navigating the Smartphone Era

Transform your family through an interactive presentation on: self-esteem, validation and social media; sexting; long-term impact (career, psychological, legal); the neuroscience connection; and real-life strategies for kids and teens who push back. Guest speaker, Matthew Bishop, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at The Soul Care House in Mission Hills.

 

November: Alternative Treatment to Mental Health

Expert guest speaker, Dr. Heather St. Jean-Garcia, PsyD, LMFT leads an interactive presentation on: understanding self-care and its impact on your kids, going beyond therapy and medication, utilizing the whole-body approach to treatment, challenging negative thought cycles, and bringing your best self to the challenges of parenting.

 

December: Helping Your Teen with Anxiety

Guest speakers Jonathan Steele, AMFT and Michelle Slater, LMFT explain how anxiety develops, the impacts of anxiety on one’s life and offer tools and ways to connect. An interactive Q & A to follow the presentation.

 

Spring 2020

January: Executive Function

Back by popular demand, guest speaker Mark Katz, Ph.D., discusses executive function; including ways students can learn to improve and/or navigate challenges with paying attention, organizing, planning and prioritizing, starting tasks and staying focused until completion. Katz also touches on the value of understanding different points of view, regulating emotions and self-monitoring (keeping track of what you are doing).

 

February: Film Screening of LIKE

The documentary film LIKE, reveals the true effects of technology on the brain and uncovers the impact social media can have on our lives. The LIKE screening is followed by an informative panel discussion featuring local experts. The event is open to parents, caregivers, teachers and community members including middle and high school students (10+ with parents).