28th Annual Conference on Youth


Strategies to Overcome Trauma and Build Resiliency

Thursday, October 5, 2017    8 am – 4 pm

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

Funded in part by a grant from Foellinger Foundation

We are sorry to report that we have reached maximum capacity for this conference, and regular registration has been closed.  However, we would like to invite you to attend the closing KEYNOTE “From Hurt to Hope:  Healing Ferguson” at 2:45 pm.  Please use the link below to register for this KEYNOTE only.

Opening Keynote

Understanding ACES:

Building Self-Healing Communities

Robert F. Anda, MD, MS

Co-Founder and Co-Principal Investigator of the
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study
and Co-Founder of ACE Interface

Robert Anda, MD, MS (Epidemiology) spent 20 years conducting research as a medical officer in the U.S. Public Health Service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta.  He played the principal role in the design of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study and serves as its Co-Principal Investigator.  Findings from the ACE Study have been presented at Congressional Briefings and numerous conferences around the world.  The ACE Study is being replicated in numerous countries by the World Health Organization (WHO) and is now being used to assess the childhood origins of health and social problems in more than 30 U.S. states.

He has more than 200 peer-reviewed and government publications and has received numerous awards and recognition for scientific achievements. He and his work are highlighted in the documentary “Resilience” by Jamie Redford that was accepted to the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and is now being shown across the nation.  Dr. Anda now works in his role as Co-Founder of ACE Interface to deliver training materials at the state and community level about neurobiology, epigenetics, ACEs, resilience, and community capacity development.  His dream is to help create a trauma informed Nation.

Closing Keynote

From Hurt to Hope: 

Healing Ferguson

Rev. Dr. Steve Schave

Director of LCMS Urban & Inner City Mission

Rev. Micah Glenn

Executive Director of the Lutheran Hope Center in Ferguson, MO

In the aftermath of racial tension and unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, local agencies and congregations are working to build bridges and strengthen the community. Rev. Steve Schave, Director of LCMS Urban and Inner City Mission, oversees efforts to boost revitalization in city ministries that reach out across cultures with the Gospel. Rev. Glenn, Executive Director of Lutheran Hope Center, understands Ferguson’s challenges as only a resident can, having lived within Ferguson’s borders. Schave and Glenn are now working in conjunction with the Urban League and local congregations to reach into the heart of the city with multi-ethnic ministry, providing guidance and playing a pivotal role in racial reconciliation. Through their grassroots ministries, Schave and Glenn strive to bring peace, hope, and a brighter future for generations to come.


Jermaine Galloway

“Tall Cop Says STOP”

Laura Porter

Co-Founder of ACE Interface

Victor Veith, JD

Founder and Senior Director,
Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center

Dr. Zachary Adams

Indiana University
Department of Psychiatry

Kelly Felton

Search Institute

David Johnson, PHD

Parkview Health
University of Saint Francis

Sue Badeau

Consultant for Child Welfare, Foster Care, and Children’s Mental Health

Need hotel accommodations? A block of rooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn, 4111 Paul Shaffer Drive, Fort Wayne. To make reservations call 260-482-3800 and ask to make a reservation under the “Great Kids Conference on Youth” block.