Annual Conference on Youth

Empowering You. For Them.

Applying Positive Youth Development Research and Practices

The Annual Conference on Youth emerged from Allen Superior Court, Family Relations Division’s desire that all agencies working with children and families and the court operate within the same strengths-based philosophy. In 1990, the Court offered its first Annual Conference on Youth on PFW’s campus.

Since then the Conference has grown to over 1400 participants and is currently held at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. This yearly training, funded in part by a grant from Foellinger Foundation, brings in top professionals in the field of youth and family services to train area workers on strengths-based practices.


“Principles of positive youth development must frame all that we do in our services to families and children. Join us at the 30th Annual Conference on Youth as we re-imagine this foundational research and it’s multiple applications so that we can make a GREAT COMMUNITY for ALL KIDS.”

— Judge Charles F. Pratt, Allen Superior Court, Family Relations Division


Learning Objectives for the Annual Conference on Youth:

  • Identify best practices in working with youth

  • Understand the principles of positive youth development

  • Utilize new techniques in working with youth to increase mental and/or physical health and well-being of clients

  • Apply positive youth development concepts resulting in building resiliency factors

  • Have a working knowledge of the 40 Developmental Assets

  • Identify at least one community partner to rely on for related client services

  • Understand the benefits of using positive youth development concepts in working with youth and families

  • Understand how increasing assets in youth increases overall health and well-being

  • Apply prevention techniques to youth work and personal lives


 
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Date

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Location

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

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Continuing Education Credits

Allen Superior Court is pleased to offer Continuing Education Units for LSW, LCSW, LMHC and LMFT licensure approved through Category One of the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.

In order to receive hours, attendees must sign in at the CEU Desk on the “Continuing Education Hours Sign-in/out” sheet with the time they arrived at the Conference. At the end of the Conference, attendees must return to the CEU Desk and sign-out on the same sheet, indicating the time they are leaving the conference. Attendees are responsible for their own signatures, and may not sign in/out for other conference attendees. Allen Superior Court/Great KIDS make Great COMMUNITIES will not issue Continuing Education Units to attendees who do not sign in and/or out. Additionally, payment must be received (applicable only for Conference on Youth attendees) for CEU’s before they can be issued.

This process has been developed in conjunction with the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency’s rules and regulations for tracking licensure hours. We appreciate your assistance in this matter.

CEU’s will be mailed to participants after the Conference.

Click here for schedules and resources from past conferences.

 

Opening Keynote

 
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The Power of Perseverance: I Am Somebody’s Child

Presented by Regina Louise Kerr Taylor
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Regina Louise, child advocate, author, motivational speaker, and subject of the powerful Lifetime movie, “I Am Somebody’s Child: The Regina Louise Story,” asks the question: How does one adult recognize the strengths and gifts within a child, even when everyone has rejected or abused her? Drawing from her own experience of bouncing between over 30 foster homes and eventually aging out of foster care without permanency – despite a white woman’s bid to adopt her - Regina Louise will describe how it is possible to overcome the odds if a child is able to form a meaningful relationship with a caring, responsible adult.

Special Interest Sessions 

 
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The Power of Relationships: Strengthening Youth Programs by Connecting with Families
Presented by Eugene C. Roehlkepartain, Ph.D.
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Dr. Gene Roehlkepartain, Vice President of Research and Development for the Search Institute, examines the power of relationships with families to strengthen program impact. Research shows that healthy, strong family relationships are foundational to young people’s growth, learning, and well-being – but how does an organization serving youth gain the trust and connect with families, especially with families of older children and those of diverse backgrounds? Learn key practices for building these relationships, as well as practical ways to connect without adding unnecessary and unsustainable activities.

Eugene Roehlkepartain PowerPoint

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The Power of Educational Support: How Our Brains Learn, Feel, Behave and Socialize When There Is Adversity and Trauma
Presented by Lori Desautels, Ph. D.
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

In this session, Dr. Lori Desautels, educator, TEDx presenter, and author of How May I Serve You? Revelations in Education, explores brain development through an educator’s lens and how to recognize and capitalize upon the strengths within each child’s mind. In particular, she will examine how adversity affects the way we learn, behave and perceive the world and how to use specific brain aligned strategies to aid youth in regulating their nervous systems to form positive connections with others which will motivate them to engage in the classroom.

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The Power of Community Values: Cultural Awareness / Working with Diverse Students
Presented by Rubén Perez
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Rubén Perez, an educator and behavioral specialist working with Dr. Ruby Payne’s aha! Process, will lead an important discussion tackling such questions as: What is the difference between respecting a culture and preserving it? How do we get past cultural expectations if we believe them to be in conflict with a school’s culture and mission?

 

Workshops

 
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The Power of Understanding Cultural Hidden Rules: Understanding the Hispanic Culture
Presented by Rubén Perez
Time: 10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Inclusiveness of all youth and an understanding of their cultural background is an important part of promoting positive youth development. National Educational Consultant, Rubén Perez, reports that Hispanic/Latino students have the highest dropout rate and many experience cultural tension in school when behaviors are misinterpreted as rude or disengaged but are actually a result of cultural upbringing. This workshop provides an understanding of hidden rules in the Hispanic/Latino culture and of issues that Hispanics/Latinos encounter in public schools. Participants will learn strategies to enable students and parents to improve academics and socialization.

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The Power of Resistance Skills: Social Media and Youth Violence
Presented by Angalia Bianca
Time: 10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Angalia Bianca, a violence interrupter with Cure Violence in Chicago, examines how to detect online bullying before it escalates into real-world violence. Using her lived experience, both on the streets and later as a volunteer helping at-risk youth involved in high risk street activity, Angalia will help participants identify when online behaviors may trigger harmful real-world interactions and will give strategies for helping young people resist negative peer pressure and dangerous situations.

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The Power of Resiliency: Turning ACEs into a Winning Hand
Presented by Charles Hunt
Time: 10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Charles Hunt, founder of the Audacity Firm and a Tedx Presenter, understands that while aces are the start of a great poker hand, ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) are the worst hand one can be dealt in life. But, bad hands can and do win all the time. Raised on welfare by a drug-addicted mother and losing his father to murder, he seemed destined for a life of trauma and despair. Instead of succumbing, he created a very different story for his life, what he calls “rewiring your DNA.” Charles shares incredible stories of resiliency, determination, and success from his journey.

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The Power of Purpose: Building GRIT and a Growth Mindset
Presented by Skye Berger
Time: 10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Did you know that the character trait of grit is a stronger predictor of postsecondary success than a student’s SAT score, IQ or high school GPA? Equally important, if young people have a growth mindset, rather than a fixed mindset, they are more likely to become motivated to exert the effort to achieve. Skye Berger, founder of Door Opener Academy, will explain how the path to resilience begins with relationships.  She will give participants best-practices to connect youth to support systems that will enhance their growth mindset and build grit.

Skye Berger PowerPoint

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The Power of Safety: The R.I.C.H. Approach Outline
Presented by Tonier Cain
Time: 10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Tonier Cain, trauma survivor and author of Rel­ationships After Trauma and Healing Neen: One Woman’s Path to Salvation from Trauma and Addiction is well versed in adversity that most would find difficulty to fathom, much less survive. This workshop will educate providers how to engage with trauma survivors using trauma informed care practices. The R.I.C.H. Approach is Respect, Individuality, Connection and Hope, helping them to feel safe so they may begin to heal from past trauma experiences as well as learning to understand how the survivors cope.

Moving Towards Independence: Meaningful Outcomes for Youth and Families
Presented by Dawn Martz
Time: 10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

This session is currently full.

The Foellinger Foundation’s Independence Continuum provides a framework for understanding the complex lives of families as they move away from poverty towards greater levels of independence and self-sufficiency. During this session, you’ll hear about the participatory process used to develop the Independence Continuum and explore how to use this framework to communicate meaningful outcomes for your programs and services. In addition, we’ll examine how our own narratives about self-sufficiency impact our efforts. Participants will hear from Michelle Nestleroad (Director of Program Operations, The Rescue Mission) and Jennifer Sholund (Grants Coordinator, Lifeline Youth & Family Services) about their work with youth and families and how their organizations use the Continuum. The SEARCH Institute’s developmental assets and relationship frameworks will be incorporated into the discussion.

Dawn Martz PowerPoint

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The Power of a Voice: Youth Development through Motivational Listening
Presented by Rubén Perez
Time: 1:30 p.m - 2:45 p.m.

An essential component of any strength-based practice is ensuring that families and children have a voice and are heard. If listening is the first step to understanding, then the rest of the conversation has to be a dialogue between two people. When people speak in monologues, listening and understanding is left out of the conversation. Rubén Perez will draw upon his experience both in the classroom and in the community, where he has organized summits on race relations, to help us explore how to examine our own ego state for more productive conversations.

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The Power of Religious Community: Faith Communities: Untapped “Assets” for Youth

Presented by Eugene C. Roehlkepartain, Ph.D.
Time: 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Faith is a significant factor in developing resilience in a child. Churches, mosques, synagogues and other communities of faith represent a key resource for young people’s positive development. Search Institute’s Developmental Assets framework identifies practical strategies congregations can use to empower young people and partner with others in their communities to support positive youth development. New research underscores their untapped potential through the powerful web of relationships and opportunities they offer youth and families.

Eugene Roehlkepartain PowerPoint

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The Power of Caring: Changing Behaviors
Presented by Angalia Bianca
Time: 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Angalia Bianca, former Chicago gang member and author of In Deep: How I Survived Gangs, Heroin, and Prison to Become a Chicago Violence Interrupter, understands deeply how witnessing or being a victim of violence can affect children in ways that they are not always able to express. She will discuss reasons why youth make bad decisions based on these experiences and look at techniques that adults can use to gain their trust and assist in healing.

Angalia Bianca PowerPoint

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The Power of Boundaries and Expectations: Brain Aligned / Relational Discipline and the Neuro-Diversity of Learning and Behavior
Presented by Lori Desautels, Ph.D.
Time: 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Traditional discipline works the best for the kids that need it the least and works the least for kids who need it most. As a former school counselor and co-owner of the Indianapolis Counseling Center, Dr. Desautels has worked extensively with both neurotypical and neurodiverse children and understands that when children are dysregulated, their brains do not respond to words, lectures, consequences, or rewards. In the brain aligned/relational discipline model, we learn that discipline is not something we do to children; it is something we want to create within them. In this session, she will share new brain aligned strategies for promoting lasting behavioral changes through the healthy regulation of our nervous systems.

Lori Desautels Handout

Lori Desautels PowerPoint

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The Power of Resiliency: Turning ACEs into a Winning Hand
Presented by Charles Hunt
Time: 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Charles Hunt, founder of the Audacity Firm and a Tedx Presenter, understands that while aces are the start of a great poker hand, ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) are the worst hand one can be dealt in life. But, bad hands can and do win all the time. Raised on welfare by a drug-addicted mother and losing his father to murder, he seemed destined for a life of trauma and despair. Instead of succumbing, he created a very different story for his life, what he calls “rewiring your DNA.” Charles shares incredible stories of resiliency, determination, and success from his journey.

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The Power of Purpose: Building GRIT and a Growth Mindset
Presented by Skye Berger
Time: 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Did you know that the character trait of grit is a stronger predictor of postsecondary success than a student’s SAT score, IQ or high school GPA? Equally important, if young people have a growth mindset, rather than a fixed mindset, they are more likely to become motivated to exert the effort to achieve. Skye Berger, founder of Door Opener Academy, will explain how the path to resilience begins with relationships.  She will give participants best-practices to connect youth to support systems that will enhance their growth mindset and build grit.

Skye Berger PowerPoint

Closing Keynote

 
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The Power of Positive Identity: Where There’s Breath, There’s Hope
Presented by Tonier Cain
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Tonier Cain, trauma survivor and author of Rel­ationships After Trauma and Healing Neen: One Woman’s Path to Salvation from Trauma and Addiction takes us on a journey to places and subjects that most find too difficult or uncomfortable to fathom. But it is Tonier “Neen” Cain’s joyous spirit and astonishing inner strength that leaps directly into audience hearts, inspiring renewed hope and compassion for those still living on the fringes. For two decades, Neen hustled on the streets of Annapolis, Maryland, desperately feeding an insatiable crack addiction and racking up 83 arrests along the way. In 2004, pregnant and incarcerated for violation of parole, she was provided the opportunity to go to a community trauma, mental health and addictions program. Feeling safe for the first time in her life, Neen confronted her haunting childhood memories. She began to heal and reclaim power over her life, embarking on a remarkable “upward spiral,” that has no limit. Neen continues to transform her own life while helping others to embrace her motto “where there’s breath, there’s hope.”

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