If you're a parent of a tween or teen, then you won't want to miss our next Moms Night Out event at the White Plains Library on Tuesday, March 24 as we tackle important issues facing adolescents today including cyberbullying, peer pressure and self esteem. Appetizers will be provided by Dinner in Hand. The event will take place from 7-9 pm at the White Plains Library, located at 100 Martine Avenue.
Guests panelists include:
NICOLE SHEINDLIN From the Journal News... When Nicole Sheindlin was growing up, dinnertable conversation at her house revolved around fairness and public policy, rather than childhood squabbles and petty grievances. The daughter of two judges--Judge Jerry (a former New York Supreme Court justice) and the famous Judge Judy--this Larchmont resident and legal-aid attorney says she grew up "with law in her blood." A year ago, Sheindlin, a petite mom of three, who for years has worked in the Bronx helping families in crisis, launched what ultimately turned out to be another full-time job: the Her Honor Mentoring Program. (In fact, she recently left her job to take over management of the program, full-time, thanks to a private grant.)
She and Judy (her stepmother), created the 25-week program, to help at-risk girls at Mamaroneck High School. The goal was to pair these juniors and seniors (the first in their families to go to college) with dynamic women mentors in the community, to show them that having a career you are passionate about leads to confidence and independence. Now in its second year, Her Honor has now expanded into another school district welcoming Mount Vernon High School students to Her Honor for the 2008-2009 school year. With their new expansion, Her Honor has more than doubled the amount of mentoring teams in just twelve months.
(Pictured in photo: Nicole Sheindlin, Judge Judy Sheindlin and Camille Murphy, director of Westchester's office for Women)
MARI MANCUSI When it comes to writing, award-winning author Marianne Mancusi doesn't like to play by the rules. A multiple Emmy award winning television producer, she sold 11 novels to three publishers (Dorchester, Berkley, Dutton Children's) in less than three years. While best known for her time travel romantic comedies, Marianne also writes a vampire romance series and other books for teens.
Her latest book, Gamer Girl was released by Dutton in November 2008 and is currently part of Scholastic's book fair. Gamer Girl was also selected as an American Library Association Quick Pick for reluctant readers.
Mari has worked in television stations around the country, including Orlando, San Diego, and Boston. A graduate of Boston University's College of Communications, she currently produces for a nationally syndicated lifestyle show. She currently lives in Jersey City. To find out more about Mari, click here.
JEANNE MUCHNICK Jeanne Muchnick is a multi-tasking mama who has been writing about her two girls ever since they were born. She's the former Editor of Baby Magazine and former InTown Senior Editor whose parenting stories have also appeared in a variety of national consumer magazines including Woman's Day, Healthy Kids, Parents, Parenting, Pregnancy, FamilyFun and more. She lives in Larchmont, NY with her two teenage girls: Corey and Sydney, her husband, Mark and her flat-coated retriever, Chip.