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When nonprofit organizations advocate effectively, they can move mountains for the youth and families they serve.  

Effective advocacy can raise an organization’s profile in the community as well as make an impact on legislation. It can help solve problems, remove barriers, prevent loss of funding, and make nonprofits the go-to resource for information about how new rules or laws will affect the people they serve.  

Some nonprofits have the false impression that they cannot engage in advocacy or that they lack the capacity to advocate effectively. This presentation will help you better understand advocacy for nonprofits and learn skills and strategies you can use to engage your board, volunteers and donors. You will: 

  • understand why and how to advocate to advance your mission, increase funding, and solve problems for your organization and youth you serve; 
  • learn the difference between advocacy and lobbying and when to use each; and 
  • take away practical strategies you and your organization can use to influence policy makers and multiply your impact 

When nonprofits with shared visions for youth and families collaborate in their advocacy efforts, their effectiveness multiplies. Join us to learn more about the new Alliance for Human Services of Northeast Indiana, which was created to give nonprofits a more powerful voice at the tables where important decisions are made at the local, state and national levels.  

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John Peirce, MBA

Title: Advocacy, Public Policy and Collective Impact Consultant – Peirce Consulting LLC

John Peirce will facilitate a panel discussion including local leaders who will share about their experiences with nonprofit advocacy. 

John is advocacy consultant for United Way of Allen County, a member of the Indiana United Ways Public Policy Committee, and executive administrator for the Alliance of Human Services. Some of John’s advocacy successes include creating and expanding state-funded pre-K and state funding for 2-1-1. 

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children must have good mental health to reach their full potential. Mentally healthy children reach developmental and emotional milestones, learn beneficial social skills, and have a positive healthy quality of life in home, school and in their communities.  

Mental Health America reports that 76% of youth in the United States do not receive treatment for mental health issues. Stigma is a key barrier that prevents youth from seeking or continuing the mental health treatment they need. By reducing stigma, we can create an environment that offers hope and acceptance to those who currently suffer in silence. 

Join us for this presentation to better understand what stigma is and the impact stigma has on individuals and communities. We will discuss how to identify and overcome stigma in ourselves and our communities in order to help improve mental health outcomes for youth. 

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Jessica Hanna

Title: Education and Outreach Specialist, Mental Health America Northeast Indiana

Jessica Hanna provides training to further understanding about mental health awareness and substance use disorders for the community. Jessica is a certified trainer for QPR and Youth Mental Health First Aid.  

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Nonprofit organizations understand that donors are essential. Missions are incapable of moving forward without donors. But, do your donors know they are loved, do they feel valued?  

Join us to explore the concept of “Donor Love and learn about the importance of connecting with new donors and engaging current donors to ensure they continue to feel connected to your mission.  

During this presentation you will: 

  • learn strategies for how to make your donor the hero; 
  • discover ways to connect to your donor’s values and emotions; 
  • understand who is responsible for donor relationship building; and 
  • develop ways to say thank you with passion and sincerity. 

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Deb Pfeffanberger

Title: President & CEO – United Way of Noble County

Becky Calhoun

Title: Executive Director – Drug Free Noble County

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Could you survive a month in poverty? 

Millions of Americans live in poverty every day. Many more have incomes above the poverty line, but their incomes are still too low to afford basic needs such as food, decent housing or quality child care.  

This Poverty Simulation will provide you with the opportunity to assume the role of a low-income family member living on a limited budget. You will then make critical decisions to provide for your family over the course of one simulated month 

You might play the role of a single mother who works long hours to provide for your children, a teenager responsible for your younger siblings, or a grandparent who cares for your grandchildren. Each family must work together to cover expenses and maintain housing. The Simulation also includes a debriefing session to help process the experience.  

The Poverty Simulation is a critical training for youth-serving organizations, schools, faith groups, universities, volunteers and other organizations that work with individuals, families and communities experiencing poverty. 

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children must have good mental health to reach their full potential. Mentally healthy children reach developmental and emotional milestones, learn beneficial social skills, and have a positive healthy quality of life in home, school and in their communities.  

Mental Health America reports that 76% of youth in the United States do not receive treatment for mental health issues. Stigma is a key barrier that prevents youth from seeking or continuing the mental health treatment they need. By reducing stigma, we can create an environment that offers hope and acceptance to those who currently suffer in silence. 

Join us for this presentation to better understand what stigma is and the impact stigma has on individuals and communities. We will discuss how to identify and overcome stigma in ourselves and our communities in order to help improve mental health outcomes for youth. 

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Jessica Hanna

Title: Education and Outreach Specialist, Mental health America Northeast Indiana

Jessica Hanna provides training to further understanding about mental health awareness and substance use disorders for the community. Jessica is a certified trainer for QPR and Youth Mental Health First Aid. 

Jessica Ryan, MSW, LCSW

Title: Community Advocate and Educator, Mental health America Northeast Indiana

Jessica Ryan connects individuals and organizations with resources in Fort Wayne and surrounding counties. She also serves as a mental health educator with trainer certifications in QPR and Youth Mental Health First Aid. 

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National polls show that 95% of teens in the United States have access to a smartphone, which affords easy access to content, media and social interactions that can be either helpful or harmful. Recent research has shown a link between social media and emotional distress among adolescents. Excessive screen time and mobile phone addiction is a recognized stressor for youth. The upward trend in suicide rates among youth has also followed the same curve as the rise in mobile phone and social media use.  

Join us for a presentation and discussion about developing new ‘digital life’ health habits. It is imperative to arm young people with tools to appropriately self-moderate their technology interactions and to teach them how to practice good digital citizenship. During this workshop you will: 

  • understand the potential harms of online technology use; 
  • learn about current trends in smartphone and social media use; and 
  • identify guidelines and tools for a healthy digital life from trustworthy sources.  

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Tammy Toscos, PhD

Title: Research Scientist – Parkview Health; Manager Informatics Research – Mirro Center for Research and Innovation

Tammy Toscos holds a PhD in Informatics from Indiana University. For 15 years she has conducted research aimed at developing technologies that empower people of all ages to make better decisions about their health. Dr. Toscos currently leads an interdisciplinary team focused on youth mental health research. 

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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 for this presentation to learn about the top challenges for kids in Steuben 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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We live in a digital age where kids spend a lot of time online using social media, instant messaging, researching, shopping and more. While social media can be a powerful means of communication and information sharing, internet crimes and online bullying are increasing concerns. Children are being targeted by online predators at an alarming rate and cyberbullying is becoming increasingly more prevalent.  

This presentation will highlight the challenges that social media presents and how online experiences may lead to victimization such as cyberbullying, sexting, solicitation and extortion. Attendees will receive information on what parents and professionals working with children can do to ensure children use the internet safely. 

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Cathie Bledsoe

Title: Youth Educator, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Indiana State Police

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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 for this presentation to learn about the top challenges for kids in Allen 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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Title: Indiana Youth Institute Impact & Data Solutions Team

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Did you know that the character trait 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 could become more motivated, more willing to exert effort and more likely to achieve success. What could these concepts offer to you and the youth you serve? Hope!  

Join us for a conversation on grit and a growth mindset and how the combination could inform the work you do to help young people succeed now and in the future. During this presentation, participants will:  

  • learn more about these important concepts and the impact they can have;  
  • engage in an open dialogue among attendees; and  
  • share practical ideas for cultivating more grit and growth mindsets among the youth you serve. 

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Skye Berger

Title: Chief Encouragement Officer & Executive Creative Coach – Door Opener Academy, Skye Berger Group LCC

Skye Berger has over ten years of experience as a consultant, coach, speaker and trainer. Her background includes child welfare and mental health, facilitation and program development. Skye has reached youth and families nationwide through keynote presentations and training on leadership, renewal, teen parenting and transition age youth. 

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