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Working with youth who may be considering suicide can be difficult. To help, it is important to recognize the warning signs of suicidal intentions. Information and education can empower all people, regardless of background, to make a difference in the life of someone they know. 

Attend this training to become certified in the QPR – Question, Persuade, Refer – suicide prevention model. Like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. The QPR mission is to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. This training will help you 

  • recognize the warning signs of someone at risk for suicide 
  • demonstrate increased knowledge of intervention skills; and  
  • become familiar with referral services and how to refer someone.

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Ann Grisez

Title: Practice Manager, Meridian Health Services

Ann Grisez has worked as a teacher, a behavioral clinician, operations coordinator and practice manager within the mental health field.

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What happens when you put stories and data together? Big things.

Join this webinar to learn how data can help your organization capture, cultivate and communicate stories that will build your brand, promote your mission and support long- and short-term sustainability.

Clarence Hogan, center director of the Chicago Youth Centers – Sidney Epstein Youth Center, will guide you in:

  • capturing and cultivating your clients’ stories
  • using social media and promotional materials to share stories
  • learning how to obtain data to aid in building stories

Don’t miss this opportunity to use the power of stories and data to support your organization and community!

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Clarence Hogan

Title: Center Director, Chicago Youth Centers – Sidney Epstein Youth Center

Clarence Hogan uses storytelling skills to build community by developing and facilitating storytelling events and public dialogues on the west and south side of Chicago. 

Through Living 2 Learn after-school programs, Clarence collaborates with local organizations to offer programs to youth, teens and young adults. Prior to his recent promotion to center director for Chicago Youth Centers – Sidney Epstein Youth Center, he served as the Makers Lab Specialist, developing STEAM programs and activities. 

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The IYI KIDS COUNT Conference is the Midwest’s largest gathering of youth-serving professionals. Gain practical resources from national experts, learn about best practice models from programs like yours, and make connections that last all year long. Explore timely and relevant issues for youth in the areas of health, social emotional learning, family engagement, equity and inclusion and more!

 

Youth Worker of the Year Award

As part of the conference, we’ll be celebrating a youth-serving superstar with the annual Youth Worker of the Year Award.

Nominations are being accepted now through Sept. 2, 2019, for the award, which honors an outstanding youth worker who demonstrates excellence in performance and leadership in their commitment to improving the lives of Indiana’s children.

You know the outstanding youth workers  in your community who deserve recognition — nominate someone today!

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Dr. Adolph Brown

Title: Keynote Speaker

Dr. Adolph Brown is the founder, president and CEO of The Leadership & Learning Institute. As a former public-school educator and credentialed administrator, full-tenured university professor, university dean and businessman, Dr. Brown has studied and worked alongside highly successful leaders and educators. His 25 years of experience led him to develop core competencies that are expressed by successful business leaders and educators. His hard work, faith and attitude, as well as a caring village helped Adolph overcome an upbringing of extreme poverty, violence and fatherlessness. Audiences and individuals love his powerful message delivered in an unorthodox, yet down-to-earth style. As a noted business and education humorist, Dr. Adolph Brown entertains as he relays his professional experiences coupled with his evidence-based and data-driven research in his hilarious and heartwarming style. He is the author of “Championship Habits”, “REAL TALK”, “Messages from Granddad” and a children’s book titled “It’s Gonna Be a GREAT Day! Doc’s Story.”

 

Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg

Title: Keynote Speaker

Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg is a pediatrician specializing in Adolescent Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He also serves as Director of Health Services at Covenant House Pennsylvania, an agency that serves Philadelphia’s homeless and marginalized youth. In Dr. Ginsburg’s adolescent medicine practice, he cares for a wide variety of medical conditions, while simultaneously addressing adolescent behavioral issues. He practices social adolescent medicine — medicine with special attention to prevention and the recognition that social context and stress affect both physical and emotional health. His research over the last two decades has focused on facilitating youth to develop their own solutions to social problems and to teach clinicians how to better serve them. He co- developed the Teen-Centered Method, a mixed qualitative/quantitative methodology that enables youth to generate, prioritize, and explain their own ideas.

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To positively impact and serve the children and youth of our state, we must understand the issues and needs they face. Being familiar with the most recent data and research on child well-being helps leaders, policymakers, youth workers and advocates create positive change for youth.  

Join us to learn about the top challenges for kids in Jay County, and across Indiana, and what we can do to ensure all kids thrive. You will hear critical data from the 2019 Indiana KIDS COUNT® Data Book, as well as best practice research on successful approaches to key issues.  

Through a robust and data-driven presentation, you will be empowered with the information needed to inform policies, practices and decision-making that improve the health and well-being of Hoosier youth.  

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Corey Sims

Title: Data and Research Manager – Indiana Youth Institute 

Corey Sims serves individuals and organizations by providing access to critical data, research and best practices with a keen focus on quality service, accessibility, collaboration, and empowerment. Corey is a National Guard Veteran, Butler alumni, and father to his daughter, Keira. He believes in the power of scientific advancement across all communities. 

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Suicide has been the second-leading cause of death for young Hoosiers between the ages of 15 and 24 since 2009. According to the Indiana State Department of Health Youth Risk Behavior Study, one in five Indiana high school students seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year and one in six have made a plan for attempting suicide.  

Working with youth who may be considering suicide can be difficult. In order to help, it is important to recognize the warning signs or signals of suicidal intentions. Information and education can empower all people, regardless of background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know. 

Attend this training to become certified in the QPR – Question, Persuade, Refer – suicide prevention model. Like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. The QPR mission is to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. This training will help you 

  • recognize someone at risk for suicide 
  • demonstrate increased knowledge of intervention skills; and  
  • become familiar with referral services and how to refer someone 

 

Participants will receive a QPR training certificate. 

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Jodi Alexander

Title: Early Childhood Manager

One Community One Family

Robin Kichler

Title: Early Childhood Coordinator

One Community One Family

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Suicide has been the second-leading cause of death for young Hoosiers between the ages of 15 and 24 since 2009. According to the Indiana State Department of Health Youth Risk Behavior Study, one in five Indiana high school students seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year and one in six have made a plan for attempting suicide.  

Working with youth who may be considering suicide can be difficult. In order to help, it is important to recognize the warning signs or signals of suicidal intentions. Information and education can empower all people, regardless of background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know. 

Attend this Talk Saves Lives™ community-based presentation to learn more about suicide, the research on prevention and what we can do to fight suicide. This workshop will help you learn more about suicide statistics, who it affects, the risk and warning signs of suicide, and what can be done individually and as a community to prevent it.

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Nancy Smith

Title: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Anderson “Out of the Darkness” Walk Chair

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According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, high-quality early childhood care and education prepares children for long-term educational success in elementary school, middle school and high school. Among Hoosier children younger than six years, 68.3% have all parents in the labor force and likely need some form of care. The Indiana Early Learning Advisory Committee reports that only 16% of children likely in need of care are enrolled in a high-quality program. 

Providing children with high-quality early learning increases readiness for school and the work world, and businesses benefit by having parents more fully present in their work. Investing in early learning can provide long-term benefits for children, families and communities, socially and financially. 

Join us for this presentation and discussion to better understand: 

  • the short and long-term benefits of early brain development;  
  • the connection between high-quality childcare and high-quality workforce; and 
  • how to involve business and community sectors in improving childcare options to broaden early learning opportunities for all families. 

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Jeri McCorkle

Title: Coordinator, First5

Jeri McCorkle is working to increase local understanding of early brain development. The First5 coalition is also studying Rush County’s SWOT to determine where to best focus the community’s energy and efforts. Jeri has over 25 years of experience as an elementary educator and is passionate about helping her community thrive both now and in the future. 

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To positively impact and serve the children and youth of our state, we must understand the issues and needs they face. Being familiar with the most recent data and research on child well-being helps leaders, policymakers, youth workers and advocates create positive change for youth.  

Join us to learn about the top challenges for kids in Decatur County, and across Indiana, and what we can do to ensure all kids thrive. You will hear critical data from the 2019 Indiana KIDS COUNT® Data Book, as well as best practice research on successful approaches to key issues.  

Through a robust and data-driven presentation, you will be empowered with the information needed to inform policies, practices and decision-making that improve the health and well-being of Hoosier youth.  

You are encouraged to bring a personal laptop or tablet for hands-on experience learning to search and navigate the KIDS COUNT Data Center and other resources to incorporate data in presentations, proposals and everyday work. Wi-fi will be available. 

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Indiana Youth Institute

Title: Impact & Data Solutions Team and Strategic Engagement Team

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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability that affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is known as a “spectrum disorder,” meaning that although it is defined by a certain set of behaviors, children and adults with autism can exhibit any combination of these behaviors in any degree of severity.  

An estimated one in 68 American youth have been diagnosed with ASD. Join us for this important presentation by the Autism Society of Indiana to learn more about: 

  • the basic characteristics and symptoms that define autism; 
  • early warning signs, behaviors and the importance of early screening; and 
  • available therapies and treatments as well as tips and tricks to help someone on the spectrum. 

Attendees will hear personal testimony about the impact of autism on families and learn about local resources available in the community. There will also be an opportunity for Q&A. 

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Rachel Deaton

Title: Autism Ally – Autism Society of Indiana

The mission of Autism Society of Indiana is to improve the lives of all people affected by autism in Indiana. Through statewide Autism Allies, ASI works to provide support, resources, trainings and information to families, individuals and community members.

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Just a few minutes experiencing ostracism or rejection causes people to report a reduced sense of self-esteem, self-control, belonging and meaningful existence. In the United States, 28 percent of 12- to 18-year old students reported being bullied at school and one in 10 students drop out of school because of repeated bullying. Rejection can create surges of anger and aggression; correlations exist between peer rejection and higher rates of delinquency, arrest, violent behavior and substance abuse. 

Join us for this screening of the film “REJECT,” followed by a facilitated discussion about the effects of rejection and ostracism, and ways to overcome and prevent violence and tragedy. The documentary film “REJECT” takes an in-depth look at the science of social rejection, with a solution-oriented focus on the roots of bullying behavior and violent behavior against the self or others.  

The film aims to raise public consciousness about the serious and potentially lethal consequences of interpersonal rejection in its many forms—peer bullying, parental neglect (or abuse), race discrimination, and other forms of social rejection across all ages. The film screening is made possible by Purdue Extension of Dubois County

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Cheri Brown

Title: Extension Educator, Health and Human Services, Purdue Extension Blackford County