Teen Volunteers in Action kicks off 2015 with parent luncheon and lecture by parent educator Susie Walton


The founding San Diego1 Chapter of Teen Volunteers in Action (TVIA) kicked off 2015 with its annual January parent luncheon at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club. The event featured guest speaker Susie Walton providing expert advice to parents of teens. TVIA is a volunteer group of approximately 180 young men, grades 7-12, and this annual lunch brought together the parents of these hard-working volunteer teens to discuss 2015 events, chapter goals and new opportunities for volunteerism.

Walton spoke to the group of parents about different developmental stages of teens. Walton has raised four boys, and she provided an engaging lecture on how to communicate effectively with teens and reduce power struggles between teens and their parents.

Walton has been a parent educator since 1991, teaching live parenting courses and leading seminars, hands-on workshops, instructor trainings, teacher in-services and one-on-one coaching sessions. Walton has helped over 10,000 families create more peaceful relationships and stronger connections. In 2005, she opened Indigo Village, a unique and dynamic virtual community that provides educational and experiential-based programs in parenting and child development. Walton is also the author of the book “Key to Personal Freedom: How Myths Affect Our Family Lives,” published in 2009, and is now teaching her own parenting curriculum, “The Joy of Parenting,” to families live and online.

Serving the north coastal communities, SD1 TVIA is committed to developing community leaders through a structured program of volunteerism, philanthropy and personal growth. The youth participate in numerous community service events throughout the school year.

At the event, TVIA families collected donations of canned dog and cat food for the Helen Woodard and Meals-on-Wheels “AniMeals program.” For more information about TVIA, please visit

Photos by Jon Clark.