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According to Child Trends, children who are bullied tend to feel unhappy and lonely, have greater difficulty making friends, and are more likely to experience anxiety and depression.  

Bullying is defined as a pattern of behavior intended to cause physical or psychological harm, typically between children with unequal power. Bullying can include physical coercion, hostile teasing, emotional bullying or online harassment. 

Join us for this presentation that will introduce basic concepts and definitions around bullying behaviors. It will address: 

  • signs that a child is being bullied; 
  • indicators that a child may be inclined to bully; 
  • impact on a child who is bullied; and 
  • communication skills that will help youth workers better relate to youth. 

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Linda Henderson

Title: Community Relations Specialist, IU School of Public Health – Bloomington

The Office of Global and Community Health Partnerships is part of the new IU School of Public Health–Bloomington. Linda’s background includes: Community Development Specialist with the CSR program at Purdue University and Prevention Specialist with the Indiana Prevention Resource Center. Henderson served in the Indiana General Assembly 1992-1994.

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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!

Speakers

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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According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, substance use is especially dangerous for adolescents because the brain is still developing. Substance use can cause lasting brain changes and places youth at an increased risk of dependence and addiction.  

Youth substance abuse is a problem across all socio-economical, educational and geographical areas. Join us for a community screening of the film Generation Found, a transformative community story about the people of Houston who are fighting to save young people from the leading cause of death of their generation: addiction.  

Following the movie screening will be a panel discussion about aspects of youth addiction recovery presented in the film, including recovery high schools, alternative peer groups, and the importance of inclusion and connection with youth dealing with addiction. 

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Justin Wade

Title: Executive Director of Young Actors Theatre (YAT), Indianapolis

Judge Amy Marie Travis

Title: Jackson County Superior Court 1

Officer Keith Williams

Title: SHS School Resource Office, Seymour Police

Jennifer Hopkins

Title: Jackson County recovering addict

Luke Turner

Title: Seymour High School Sophomore, JCUW Youth Board and SADD President

Grant Elliot

Title: Brownstown Central Freshman, Student Council President and Peer-to-Peer Student Leader of Red Ribbon Week

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“Trauma-informed” has become so much of a buzzword that we are even seeing it in memes and popular online publications. But does the ubiquity of the phrase mean that we are losing some of its specific meaning?  

Join us for this presentation to explore the true meaning of “trauma-informed” and how it impacts our clients, our colleagues and ourselves. Participants will gain an actionable approach to creating a trauma-informed workplace and career, using the definition laid forth by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).   

Attendees will work to identify personal renewal goals that align with SAMHSA’s trauma-informed definition and be able to: 

  • realize the work in which they engage can produce vicarious trauma, and why; 
  • recognize signs of vicarious trauma in self, clients and colleagues; 
  • respond to signs and enact a care plan; and 
  • understand the importance of an ongoing care plan to reduce and prevent re-traumatization. 

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Mary-Margaret Sweeney, MSW, RYT

Title: Founder, seek&summon

Mary-Margaret Sweeney is the founder of seek&summon, providing trauma informed therapy, training and yoga to individuals and groups. With over a decade of experience, her work has spanned direct service to policy work. She is also a writer and community facilitator of the website FacilitatingXYZ. 

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“Trauma-informed” has become so much of a buzzword that we are even seeing it in memes and popular online publications. But does the ubiquity of the phrase mean that we are losing some of its specific meaning?  

Join us for this presentation to explore the true meaning of “trauma-informed” and how it impacts our clients, our colleagues and ourselves. Participants will gain an actionable approach to creating a trauma-informed workplace and career, using the definition laid forth by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  

Attendees will work to identify personal renewal goals that align with SAMHSA’s trauma-informed definition and be able to: 

  • realize the work in which they engage can produce vicarious trauma, and why; 
  • recognize signs of vicarious trauma in self, clients and colleagues; 
  • respond to signs and enact a care plan; and 
  • understand the importance of an ongoing care plan to reduce and prevent re-traumatization. 

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Mary-Margaret Sweeney, MSW, RYT

Title: Founder, seek&summon

Mary-Margaret Sweeney is the founder of seek&summon, providing trauma informed therapy, training and yoga to individuals and groups. With over a decade of experience, her work has spanned direct service to policy work. She is also a writer and community facilitator of the website FacilitatingXYZ. 

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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 State of the Child 2019 to learn about the top challenges for kids in Harrison 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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Indiana Youth Institute

Title: Impact & Data Solutions Team

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According to Child Trends, youth who experience anxiety or depression face a higher risk of poor health outcomes as adults. Depression during adolescence is also associated with disrupted school performance and peer/family relationships. The National Survey of Children’s Health reports that depression is the most prevalent mental disorder experienced among adolescents, with 30.8 percent of Indiana high school students reporting feeling sad or hopeless to the point that they stopped doing some usual activities almost every day for two or more weeks in a row.  

This presentation will address how the presence of anxiety and depression in a child’s life impacts all aspects of that child’s life. Together we will: 

  • discuss the different types of anxiety and depressive disorders and their causes; 
  • learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression in youth; and  
  • explore ways to talk with and support youth experiencing anxiety and depression 

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Susan S. Jefford, LCSW, MSW

Title: Clinical Manager – Western Division of LifeSpring Health Systems

Susan Jefford earned a Master of Social Work from UCLA and has worked more than 30 years extensively with children and adolescents who struggle with trauma, anxiety and depressive disorders. 

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The Raising of America Series is a five-part documentary that explores the questions: Why are so many children in America faring so poorly? What are the consequences for the nation’s future?  How might we, as a nation, do better? 

In this film these questions are investigated through different lenses: 

  1. What does science tell us about the enduring importance of early life experiences on the brain and body?  
  2. What it is like to be a parent today? 
  3. What policies and structures help or hinder the raising of healthy, happy and compassionate children?  

Join us for the viewing of the first installment in the documentary series which covers all three of these issues. We will then have a solutions-based panel discussion about how to reframe the way we look at early child health and development and how the community can make a difference. For more information about this film visit www.raisingofamerica.org 

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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 State of the Child 2019 to learn about the top challenges for kids in Dearborn and Ripley counties, 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.