Greenville Family Partnership and Sidewall Pizza are sponsoring the next Community Talks for parent figures at 6:30 p.m. today at Sidewall Pizza, 35 South Main Street, Travelers Rest. The event is open to the public. Sidewall Pizza has volunteered to provide pizza.

Community Talks are designed to provide information to parents, grandparents and community members regarding drugs, underage drinking, prescription drugs, gang activity and recruitment, tobacco and e-cigarettes, community involvement opportunities, how to recognize risky behaviors in children, and how to talk about difficult issues with children.

Speakers will include GFP Board Member Roy Davenport; GFP staff members Karen Hyatt, Stacey Ashmore and Lynn Hooper; and Kimberly Oakes, a substance abuse counselor with Hope for Families.  The presentation will be followed by a Q&A and further discussion on specific topics.

To schedule a Community Talks for your neighborhood; community; business; club; or organization in Greenville County, contact Karen Hyatt at 864-467-4099. There is no fee for this service.

“Parents are so busy working to support their families that they aren’t aware of the underlying, negative issues that exist in their own neighborhood or community until confronted with their teen’s addiction and/or legal problems related to underage drinking & drug use; DUI; marijuana possession; gun possession; petty theft; vandalism; or curfew violations, etc.,” said Carol Reeves. “Hopefully, Community Talks will open parents’ eyes to what is actually going on in the community while providing parents with the strategies to keep their teens from getting caught up and placing not only their mental & physical wellbeing at risk but also their future success.”

Greenville Family Partnership is a non-profit, 501(c)3 community organization founded in 1984 to “equip youth and families with resources and services, providing them with choices that positively impact their health and well-being.” For more information, call 864-467-4099 or visit

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