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« Thread started on: Jan 17th, 2008, 1:48pm »

Dear Mr. Mehta,

My name is Gunjen Mittal and you came highly recommended by a friend of mine, Anu Srivastav. She advised me to call you in hopes that you can help me. I work for Asian American Family Services in Houston and we serve Asian American families, providing them services to enhance their mental health and social well being.

My particular job is to work with the Asian American youth. I go into high schools or wherever I can get a group of Asian teens together to talk about building better communication and relationship skills. I do use a curriculum that is very helpful and it’s called “Luv U 2”. It is a great curriculum that includes exercises and activities to involve the teens while we deliver important messages. Another main focus is to help bridge the communication gap between the teens and their parents. Majority of my students are South Asian and I’d really like to continue reaching out to my South Asian community. The curriculum also has activities to talk about some taboo issues such as dating, sex and various other topics, just to let you know.

This group provides a safe place for the youth to discuss their true emotions or to listen to others and feel less isolated in their own worlds. Because there’s such a major culture clash for 2nd generation teens, we as adults/parents forget how to empathize with them and cannot understand their daily struggles that go unseen with our youth. They may be in trouble mentally, emotionally or socially and this group can help minimize the pressures they feel by just talking about it openly, it allows them to identify with other youth, learn effective ways to communicate w/family, friends and peers, build self-esteem through exercises and learn healthy coping skills to deal with particular issues that confront our youth. This curriculum offers other benefits, but these are some of its main goals.

I was wondering whether you have any connections with groups of teens that you know would benefit from this type of support group. Or maybe you have some connection with particular parents or community groups that are willing to hold this group for teens. Perhaps you already have some youth groups in existence or have had youth groups in the past that you wouldn’t mind me getting in touch with to start a group of my own. My hopes are that you can lead in me in the right direction towards anyone you think can help me facilitate a youth group in our community.

If you have any information at all, please feel free to contact me anytime via email or cell phone # 832.524.6639. I really would appreciate any help you can offer me to start a youth group for our South Asian youth.

Thank you very much for you time and cooperation in advance! I look forward to speaking with you.

Peace,

Gunjen Mittal
Program Associate
Asian American Family Services
6220 Westpark Dr., Ste. 228
Houston, TX 77057
(p) 713.339.3688 (f) 713.339.3699
gmittal@aafstexas.org

I recieved this emai lfrom Gunjen Mittal. I think this is a great idea. If any parents or teen group would like to get some help from Gunjen feel free to contact her. - Vijay Uncle
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