C.U.S.P. Newsletter, informative news and notes for Single Parents.
C.U.S.P. (Commited to Uplifting Single Parents)

C.U.S.P. Newsletter

Our Mission: It is our mission to empower and assist single parents with the difficult challenges of parenthood through a range of financial and social services which will allow them to provide safe and loving homes for their children. 

About Us: C.U.S.P. (Committed to Uplifting Single Parents) a  501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing connections to resources, social services and wealth building programs for single-parent families in the Los Angeles area and its surrounding communities.  



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  Risky behavior in teenagers: how to handle it   

Looking for new experiences is normal for teenagers, and sometimes it involves thrill-seeking or even risky behavior. If you’re concerned that your child is taking unsafe risks, there are things you can do to help your child stay safe – and ease your own anxiety.

Thrill-seeking and risky behavior: why teenagers do it

It’s normal for teenagers to want new experiences – although it can be stressful for you as a parent.

Teenagers need to explore their own limits and abilities, as well as the boundaries you set. They also need to express themselves as individuals. It’s all part of their path to becoming independent young adults, with their own identities.

Also, the parts of the teenage brain that handles planning and impulse control don’t completely mature until about age 25. This means teenagers are sometimes more likely than adults to make quick decisions without always thinking through the consequences.

And sometimes teenagers make decisions about potentially risky things to fit in with a group.

Common risky behavior

It’s normal for you to feel worried about risky behavior like:

  • unprotected sexual activity
  • sexting
  • tobacco smoking, alcohol use, and binge-drinking
  • illegal substance use 
  • dangerous driving
  • illegal activities like trespassing or vandalism
  • fighting
  • truancy

Keeping your child safe

Knowing that teenagers test limits do not make thrill-seeking and risky behavior any easier to live with. Here are some ideas to help your child think about consequences and stay safer.

Talking about behavior and consequences
Talking about behavior and consequences can help your child learn to work out how much risk is involved in different situations. But be careful it doesn’t come across as a lecture or a ban on the 
behavior because this could encourage your child to rebel. For example, you might say, ‘There are going to be times when it’s really hard to say no to drugs. But you know how bad they are for your health and other parts of your life. I really hope you can stay strong’.

Working out agreed rules 
If you work with your child on rules and consequences for breaking them, your child is more likely to follow the rules. You’ll need to be flexible and adapt the rules as your child grows and shows she’s ready for more responsibility.

Talking about values 
Knowing what’s important to your family will help your child develop responsibility and personal values. You can back up family values by being a good role model in things like drinking alcohol, driving and treating other people respectfully.

Knowing who your child is with and where can help you protect your child. For example, when you negotiate rules with your child, a rule might be that your child lets you know where he’s going to be and calls you if plans change.

Staying connected to your child 
If you stay connected and build a strong relationship with your child through the teenage years, she’s likely to do better at handling situations like pressure to use drugs or be involved in sexual activity.

Encouraging a wide social network
You probably can’t stop your child from being friends with a particular person or group – but you can give him the chance to make other friends through sport, church, community or family activities. And if you make your child’s friends welcome in your home, it gives you a chance to get to know them.

Helping your child handle peer influence
If your child feels peer influence to fit in, you could help her think of ways to opt out without losing credibility. For example, she could tell her friends that smoking gives her asthma. Or she can’t stay out partying because she has a big game the next day and needs to get some sleep.  MORE   



L.A. Care’s Family Resource Centers

L.A. Care's Family Resource Centers offer a fun and engaging space to learn, prevent and improve your health! All of the classes and services are free and open to L.A. Care members and the community. 

There are centers in Boyle Heights, Inglewood, Lynwood, Pacoima and Palmdale locations each offer options for a variety of age ranges and needs.

Check out the monthly calendars for more details on the many classes they offer. Need childcare? Childcare may be available while you attend a class. Call us for details at 1-877-287-6290 (TTY/TDD 711).

Boyle Heights        February Resource Calendar   

Inglewood             February Resource Calendar 

Lynwood               February Resource Calendar 

Pacoima                February Resource Calendar 

Palmdale               February Resource Calendar 



In accordance with our mission to provide you with the best in support services, we are very excited to tell you that C.U.S.P. has partnered with Apprisen.

, a professional provider of financial counseling who has serviced families all across the United States for nearly 60 years. Apprisen's mission is to help people improve their financial well-being through counseling, community outreach, and financial education.
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C.U.S.P. continues to strive to connect you with resources that allow you to live YOUR BEST LIFE! We are happy to have these partnerships and look forward to your success. 


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Inner City Youth Empowerment (ICYE): A youth empowerment initiative of C.U.S.P. Inc. a 501c3 nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles, CA. ICYE utilizes a variety of strategies to engage youth and young adults ages 12-25. ICYE will provide classes, seminars, conference, and collaborate with other community organizations on programs and events. We will also share tools, tips, and resources.

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