1. Why did Susie write the book
52 Ways to Protect Your Teen?
Susie Vanderlip wrote 52 Ways to support
adults in their struggle to guide teens
through the perils of adolescence in a world
that is both morally degraded and predatory.
Since starting her outreach in 1991, Vanderlip
has spoken to over one million teens and
adults and has coached 25,000 struggling
teens. It became abundantly clear to her
that parents, grandparents, teachers, therapists,
caring adults and teens themselves need
concrete guidance to communicate the support,
encouragement and boundaries teens need
to make it through this challenging time
of life. More importantly, she says they
She wrote this book so adults can understand
what feelings and thoughts lay beneath teenage
behavior - the real fears, hurts, and hopes
- that parents, grandparents and caring
adults DO have influence over. And, she
wrote the book so teens might feel understood.
2. Who did she write this book
The book was written for every woman and
every man who cares about a child and for
teens who wish to communicate better with
parents and peers.
3. What is LEGACY OF HOPE®?
LEGACY OF HOPE® is a program
Susie Vanderlip created that incorporates
dance, drama and powerful personal stories.
She portrays 8 different youth and adult
characters from alcoholic, addicted, abusive
and/or neglectful families – all based
on real teens and adults she has met. She
addresses the significant social issues
of drinking and drug abuse, depression,
suicide, self-harm, rage and violence, gangs,
excess stress, and inappropriate teen sexuality.
She is able to guide youth and adults to
clearly see the underlying emotional turmoil
and motives that lead our young into poor
choices and serious consequences.
4. What motivated Susie to create
LEGACY OF HOPE®?
In 1991, Susie went into the dance studio
to choreograph an undefined piece on relationships.
Out of that came the first of a series of
characters in dance and monologue format
that she felt compelled to create. These
characters reflected her tormented feelings
about her first husband, a well-educated
and respected dentist, who developed serious
alcohol and drug addictions leading to his
death at the age of 35 in 1984.
Susie premiered LEGACY OF HOPE®
in front of 800 high school students in
October, 1991. After the assembly, 50 students
rushed the stage to talk to her about the
emotional pain, grief, loss, rage and fear
that they felt she understood. For many,
Susie Vanderlip was the first adult these
teens felt knew what they were really going
through. It was at that moment that Susie
knew the mission she was called to do –
to break through denial to awareness, understanding,
HOPE and healing.
5. Where has Susie presented LEGACY
Susie has presented LEGACY OF HOPE®
to one million teens and adults in 47 states,
Canada and Guam . Hundreds of middle schools
and high schools, colleges and universities,
churches of every denomination, juvenile
justice, alternative schools, and conferences.
Notable conference clients have included
the Betty Ford Center, Caron Foundation,
Hazelden, American Counseling Association,
state counseling associations, youth leadership
conferences (Key Club, FCCLA, state student
councils, VICA, FBLA, MADD, SADD, etc.),
Youth Crime Watch of America, National Association
of Social Workers, National Interagency
Civil-Military Institute's Demand Reduction
Training, School Psychologists, Crime Prevention
Officers, and more.
6. What are the biggest fears teens
From the 25,000 conversations Susie has
had with teens, she has seen that a great
many teens are afraid of not truly being
loved by their parents and that the problems
in their families and homes are somehow
Teens often don’t know that these
fears drive their choices or that their
use of alcohol, drugs, sex, violence, self-harm,
eating disorders and more may be efforts
to self-medicate and escape from emotional
pain.. Many teens are relieved to find someone
who understands their anger, rage, self-loathing,
grief, guilt and unworthiness because they
do not know how to be free of debilitating
grief and painful feelings on their own.
7. How do parents protect their
Understanding the underlying fears and feelings
their teens have as well as becoming aware
of their OWN motives and fears goes a long
way to opening up communication with a teen.
Ultimately, it is a more understanding,
compassionate, courteous and safe relationship
between parents and teens that protects
them. More information on creating such
protective relationships is found in the
8. What can schools do to help
protect our teens?
Susie highly recommends that schools include
a variety of awareness programs throughout
the school year because messages about use,
sexuality and violence are in great abundance
in a teen’s life every day. One program
on no-use, self-awareness and emotional
intelligence a year is not sufficient to
counteract the messages from media and peers.
As a result, Susie advocates for support
groups and peer helping programs on every
middle school and high school campus. It
is in these settings that teens with emotional
trauma find relief, the ability to concentrate
on academics, and become contributors in
schools rather than potentially dangerous
influences on other students.
9. How do I buy your book 52 Ways
to Protect Your Teen?
10. How do I contact Susie Vanderlip
to bring LEGACY OF HOPE® to
my school, community, event or conference?
Susie Vanderlip’s book may be purchased
online at www.howtoprotectyourteen.com,
by phone at 800-707-1977, or on Amazon.com
for additional information and to view a demo
Call her office at 800-707-1977 or email Susie@legacyofhope.com