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Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER Tuesday, January 14

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Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER Part of the Community Film Forum

  • Date: January 14, 2020
  • Time: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Price: $5.00
  • Location: Gorton Community Center
    400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • Resources: Film Website

Following the film will be a discussion with Stephanie Smith – Simply Bee Counseling, Daniel Maigler – Social Worker at Lake Forest High School, Todd Nahigian – CROYA Manager and Kate Wildman – Lake Forest High School senior.




From the director of SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age comes Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience a film about helping young people thrive in our screen and stress-filled world.

Filmmaker and physician Delaney Ruston uses a personal lens and professional eye to help us all flip the script on stress, anxiety, and depression. We follow Delaney as she finds herself at a loss on how to help her own teens as they struggle with their emotional wellbeing. Ruston sets out to understand these challenges in our current screen-filled society, and how we as parents and schools empower teens to overcome mental health challenges and build emotional agility, communication savvy, and stress resilience.

We witness Delaney as she finds her way from ineffective parenting to much-improved strategies. We follow other personal stories of families from an array of backgrounds with a spectrum of emotional challenges. We also observe approaches in schools that provide strategies relevant beyond the classroom setting. Interwoven into the stories are surprising insights from brain researchers, psychologists, and thought-leaders that reveal evidence-based ways to support mental wellness among our youth. The impact of social media and other screen time is incorporated in all the topics raised Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER, how it may be impacting our teen’s mental health, and what we can do to help foster youth in the face of struggles.

This film is being co-presented with LEAD, CROYA and The Community Church of Lake Forest and Lake Bluff.
The Community Film Forum is generously supported by the Jannotta Family through the Gorton Producer Program.

A panel discussion will follow the film with Stephanie Smith – Simply Bee Counseling, Daniel Maigler – Social Worker at Lake Forest High School and Todd Nahigian – CROYA Manager.



Stephanie grew up outside of Boston and now resides in the Chicagoland area with her husband and two daughters. She has been an educator for over fifteen years and has experience as a teacher, a coach, and an administrator. Since an early age, she’s been interested in the connection between nutrition, performance, and mental health. She studied holistic nutrition at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is a certified IIN Health Coach who is passionate about helping children and adults live their happiest and most vital lives through health and wellness. Stephanie’s education includes a Master of Arts from Dartmouth College and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from American College of Education. In addition to working as a health coach, she currently teaches sixth grade.

Simply Bee is a mental wellness center that focuses on the whole person. Services include therapy, nutrition, exercise, community education and events. Our efforts support the fundamental belief that mental health is wellness. Our practice has the honor of serving over 200 people a week in our office and in 2020 we expanded our Simply Bee Classroom Program to assist school’s Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum requirements. We are eager to disrupt the stigma of mental health and provide hope and light for those who want to feel their best.


Todd grew up in Northfield and attended Glenbrook South High School. He studied Psychology at Miami University (Ohio), and earned his Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, now Argosy University. Todd began working at CROYA as the High School Youth Worker in 1995, and became the Assistant Director of CROYA in 2000. Todd and his wife Amy have twin daughters (Addison & Brooke). Todd is an avid Cubs fan and still plays on a men’s baseball team in Chicago. On working at CROYA, Todd says he “most enjoys working with youth to provide them with opportunities where they can feel good about themselves as a person. Adolescence is a challenging time. Anything I can do to help kids in their social-emotional development is rewarding to me.”



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