An Evening with College Counseling—Thursday, May 6, at 7 p.m. EDT

Join this PSPA Speaker Series event to learn more about the college counseling process at Andover and the programming that is in place to support students as they embark on this journey.


Recent Events

PSPA Speaker Series

April 14, 2021 7:00 pm EST

Speaker Series with Dr. Lisa Damour, Co-Sponsored with Wellness Collaborative, Associate Head of School Office and Sykes Wellness Center

We are excited to invite you to our next PSPA Speaker Series virtual event on Wednesday, April 14th, 7-8 pm EDT! The PSPA has partnered with the Sykes Wellness Center and the Wellness Collaborative to welcome Dr. Lisa Damour, an internationally acclaimed expert on adolescent mental health, next Wednesday, April 14. Damour will be presenting Challenges of Parenting Through a Pandemic: Helping Your Teen Manage Anxiety and Stress. The presentation will include a moderated Q&A portion and will be recorded for future viewing. Damour will also be speaking at All School Meeting and with faculty that day about this topic.  

Damour is the author of two New York Times bestselling books, Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood and Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls. She writes the monthly Adolescence column for the New York Times, co-hosts the Ask Lisa podcast, appears as a regular contributor to CBS News, works in collaboration with UNICEF, and serves on the Advisory Board for Parents magazine. Dr. Damour also maintains a private practice and consults and speaks internationally.  

Damour graduated with honors from Yale University and worked for the Yale Child Study Center before earning her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Michigan. She has been a fellow at Yale’s Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy and the University of Michigan’s Power Foundation. Recognized as a thought leader by the American Psychological Association, Damour has written numerous academic papers, chapters, and books related to education and child development. She is a Senior Advisor to the Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University and is the Executive Director of Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls. 

We encourage you to view Dr. Damour’s website for helpful mental health resources: https://www.drlisadamour.com/resources/ and recent articles about teen mental health: https://www.drlisadamour.com/articles/.  

PSPA Speaker Series of April 1, 2021

How to Talk to Your Teen About Sexual Ethics, Healthy Relationships, and Intimacy
Natasha Singh, Sexual Literacy Educator

As part of an effort to support parents in having conversations with their teens about sexuality, healthy relationships, and decision-making, we are excited to invite you to a special presentation by Andover’s sexual literacy educator in residence, Natasha Singh. In this presentation, Natasha will address the kinds of conversations that Andover teens want and need to be having with their parents. She will be sharing frameworks and strategies that can help parents open up the lines of communication about sexuality and keep them open. Topics addressed will include how to talk to your teen about sexual ethics, sexual harms, pornography/sexual scripts, agency, pleasure, gender, consent, and decision-making. 

Natasha Singh has been an educator and youth advocate for over 20 years. She consults, teaches, and speaks widely on topics including gender/sexual literacy, racial equity, sexual ethics, porn literacy, ending gender-based violence, and creating just relationships. An activist with roots in community organizing, Natasha’s ongoing social justice work includes serving on a number of Boards. She chairs the Board of Center for Domestic Peace, an organization committed to ending domestic violence and promoting healthy relationships in Marin County and beyond. She serves on the Board of FreedomFwd, a San Francisco based organization that attempts to reduce youth vulnerability to commercial sexual exploitation by addressing systems-based harms. She also serves on the Board of Gaines-Jones Education Foundation, which provides mentoring, scholarships, and educational opportunities to African American youth. Natasha is the Co-founder and Co-Executive Director of Asha Rising, a nonprofit that provides permanent housing for elderly women who have experienced stigma, poverty, homelessness, and gender-based violence after aging out of the sex industry. Natasha’s writing has appeared in several publications including The Atlantic, The New York Times, and the South Asian Review.

PSPA Events

Typically, the PSPA sponsors many events throughout the school year, such as:

  • Per-Class Activities
  • Pre-Prom Reception
  • Summer Opportunities Fair
  • Speaker Series
  • Parent to Parent Forum during Family Weekend
  • Faculty and Staff Breakfast
  • Annual Casino Night Party and Fundraiser
  • Andover-Exeter Weekend Activities

Pictures from the annual Addison Ambassadors event! A wonderful partnership between the Addison Gallery of American Art and the PSPA!

Thanks to PSPA support, the Addison Community Ambassadors annual Night at the Addison student event was a huge success, with over 180 students attending. Events included: a scavenger hunt encouraging exploration of the galleries and close looking at artworks, art making activities inspired by themes from the current exhibitions, musicians in the galleries, and more!

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Pictures from Casino Night 2020! THE signature social event of the Phillips Academy year! Thanks to all 40+ of our PSPA Volunteers who made this night possible! 
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Scenes from the campus this lovely winter season!
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Pictures from our first ever PSPA Nest Maker event! We’ll do this again soon! The new Maker space in the OWHL is amazing.
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Thanks to everyone who has attended our Morning Meetups at the Market! We’ll let you know when the next one will occur