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Teens who use drugs may show behavioral problems and struggle in school. Substance use can cause lasting brain changes and places youth at an increased risk of dependence, risky sexual behaviors, risk of motor vehicle accidents and can lead to addiction. Factors such as monitoring and support by caring adults, positive relationships, anti-drug policies and neighborhood resources are protective for youth against substance misuse.

Youth who are overtly involved in drug culture can be wearing certain clothing or talk in a certain way that pertains to drugs and alcohol. It is important to be able identify these and confront the youth in a positive manner as well as making local law enforcement aware of what is happening. 

Join us for this experience and learn: 

  • How to identify youth involved drugs or drug culture
  • How to react to your observation
  • Who to contact regarding youth involved in drugs or alcohol

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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. 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. 

Join us for this experience to learn how to recognize signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression in children and youth, along with strategies for assisting kids who struggle with anxiety or depression.

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The cumulative effect of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) has a lifelong impact on children. As the number of ACEs increases, there is a greater likelihood of negative well-being outcomes such as obesity, depression, and other chronic conditions throughout life.Based on research by the Search Institute, the 40 Developmental Assets® have been identified as a series of positive experiences and qualities that help young people develop and thrive. The Developmental Assets® represent the relationships, opportunities and personal qualities that young people need to make positive choices, avoid risks and become caring, responsible adults.Join us for this presentation where we will:

• discuss the building blocks of healthy development

• learn about the external and internal Assets®

• identify how to begin using the Assets® to help youth and families address ACEs

• create a plan to support continued growth by building resilience.

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Hoosier youth are significantly more likely to consider or attempt suicide than their peers nationally and Indiana faces significant disparities in youth suicide among vulnerable groups. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth ages 15-24 and the 4th leading cause of death for youth ages 5-14.

Join us as we look at what schools and communities are doing to address this difficult issue and gain understanding on prevention and intervention as a continuum of practice. Along with some practitioners, we will be joined by Jeff Wittman from the Indiana Department of Education who serves as the School Social Work & Foster Youth Specialist and Laurie Gerdt from Community Health Network serving as Program Manager for the Zero Suicides for Indiana Youth.

Participants will hear about reframing for prevention as a means to address youth risk behaviors and also identify exemplars of implementation in school-based and community-based settings.

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According to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, adolescents differ from adults in the way they behave,solve problems and make decisions. There is a biological explanation for this difference. Studies show that brains continue to mature and develop throughout childhood and adolescence and well into early adulthood. Therefore, the teen brain works differently from adults when they make decisions or solve problems.

Join us for this presentation for an overview of various aspects of adolescent brain development research and hear tips for applying this information in youth programming to enhance positive outcomes for kids. Attendees will learn ways to structure opportunities and interaction in their programs that:

• encourage cognitive development;• help youth recognize risks and opportunities; and

• minimize factors that inhibit brain development.

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The cumulative effect of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) has a lifelong impact on children. As the number of ACEs increases, there is a greater likelihood of negative well-being outcomes such as obesity, depression, and other chronic conditions throughout life. 

Based on research by the Search Institutethe 40 Developmental Assets® have been identified as a series of positive experiences and qualities that help young people develop and thrive. The Developmental Assets® represent the relationships, opportunities and personal qualities that young people need to make positive choices, avoid risks and become caring, responsible adults. 

 

Join us for this presentation where we will: 

  • discuss the building blocks of healthy development 
  • learn about the external and internal Assets® 
  • identify how to begin using the Assets® to help youth and families address ACEs 
  • create a plan to support continued growth by building resilience.  

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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 month.  

You might play the role of a single mother who works long hours to provide for her children, a teenager who is responsible for his younger siblings, or a grandparent who cares for the children of her incarcerated children. Each family must work together to have food, shelter and utilities. 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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Ross D. Silverman, JD, MPH

Title: Professor of Health Policy and Management – Indiana University

Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health 

Professor of Public Health and Law – Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis 

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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 month.  

You might play the role of a single mother who works long hours to provide for her children, a teenager who is responsible for his younger siblings, or a grandparent who cares for the children of her incarcerated children. Each family must work together to have food, shelter and utilities. 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. 

Speakers

Ross D. Silverman, JD, MPH

Title: Professor of Health Policy and Management – Indiana Universit

Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health 

Professor of Public Health and Law – Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis 

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Board members are an important part of your team.   

Join this webinar to learn how to identify and recruit the right board members for your organization.  

Cathy Brown, an experienced practitioner and nonprofit expert, will lead you in understanding the importance of board leadership and its effects on organizational stability and fundraising success.  

You’ll gain insight into: 

  • Recruiting and engaging your board  
  • Effectively using research  
  • Leveraging your board in fundraising 

Don’t miss this opportunity to better support your organization through your board! 

Speakers

Cathy Brown

Title: Associate Director of Education at The Fund Raising School, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Cathy serves as lead practitioner faculty for face-to-face and online courses. Cathy has 20 years’ experience in small nonprofits and government agencies, as well as board/volunteer experience. In addition to the Certificate in Fund Raising Management, Cathy earned a Graduate Certificate in Philanthropic Studies from IUPUI and a Master’s in Education from IU. 

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Strategic planning is critical for your organization, but it can also be daunting.

This webinar will outline what strategic planning is and why it’s important to your work 

Trina Pulliam, an experienced trainer with a focus on strategic planning, will lead you in: 

  • Understanding the steps to move forward with strategic planning in your organization 
  • Identifying your objectives and what you need to be successful  
  • Gaining access to resources to stay on track in your planning 

We hope you can join us for this important and helpful webinar! 

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Trina Pulliam

Title: President of Trainnovations

Trina and her team have provided diverse training on culture shifting, strategic planning and efficiency projects for over four dozen public agencies. Along with 14 years’ experience as a Florida Sterling Examiner and National Malcolm Baldrige Examiner, Trina is also qualified in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. In 2018, her organization was certified in Comprehensive Wellness from the Center for Mind Body Medicine and received certifications in Safe Conversations.