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GUIDING ADOLESCENTS; LOCAL WOMAN CREATING PAMPHLET ON PROBLEMS CONFRONTING TEEN-AGERS.

Byline: Erin Gebroe Daily News Staff Writer

A group of residents is creating a sort of road map to help parents of teen-agers guide kids through that awkward stage linking childhood and adulthood.

A collaboration between the Sheriff's Department and the department's Community Advisory Committee, the pamphlet will be tailored to teens in the Santa Clarita Valley. It will include information on teen parties, adolescent sex, substance abuse prevention and runaways, said Laurel Bear, who brought the idea to the committee.

``As in any profession, we have to constantly stay up to date on the most current happenings,'' Bear said on the job of parenting. ``That's our obligation.''

The end of the pamphlet will contain a list of community resources that both parents and teens can call or visit for extra help.

Bear, an assistant principal at Alhambra High and a Santa Clarita resident, originally got the idea to create a teen-oriented pamphlet last fall at a conference she attended.

``I had to bring a zillion things, and I'm thinking, there needs to be an easier way to do this,'' she said.

Putting together information from a variety of resources, she created a single 62-page pamphlet for the Alhambra School District this fall.

As a member of the Community Advisory Committee, Bear wanted to bring the pamphlet to Santa Clarita. Both the Sheriff's Department and the advisory committee liked the idea, sheriff's Lt. Steve Dolan said.

``This would just be another way of getting the word out to the community,'' Dolan said.

Although the pamphlet is designed for parents, it could help teen-agers too, Bear said.

``If it's lying around and the kid reads it and says, `Oh, I disagree with this,' '' Bear said, ``if nothing else, it opens communication.''

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PHOTO (1--Color) Laurel Bear, a Sheriff's Department Community Advisory Committee member, is producing a pamphlet for teen-agers and their parents.

(2--Color) Laurel Bear holds items confiscated from local high school students, including weapons and drug-related paraphernalia.

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