The Planning Action Committee of Anne Arundel County will have a series of workshops tomorrow to help parents deal with drug abuse.
The Annapolis Neighborhood Conference is billed as a "forum for citizens interested in getting involved in their communities.
The daylong seminars in Annapolis will teach participants a rangeof skills, from moving out of public housing to their own homes to improving their parenting skills.
"It is part of the city's effortsto help quell the drug problem," said Alfred Matthews, an adviser for the action committee.
"Participants will leave the conference armed with knowledge, resources and skills which would make them less vulnerable."
Matthews said that organizations such as the AnnapolisPolice Department will be present to offer advice.
"We want to make people feel a little more streetwise about what goes on," he said.
There also will be discussions with youths about the health risksof drug use, community crime issues, and new role models.
"We want to let them know that there are other role models who can be lookedat -- not just sports figures," Matthews said.
About 300 familiesare expected to attend the workshops, which will start tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.
They will take place at the Anne Arundel County Learning Center (the former Adams Park Elementary School), at 245 Clay St. A continental breakfast and lunch will be served. Admission is free.
For more information, call the Planning Action Committee at 263-7270.