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Caring adults and communities can be best positioned to provide opportunities for justice-involved young people and their families, and they can provide many benefits such as building positive character, guiding them in planning for their future, and realizing their potential. In this webinar, we will be discuss the ways mentors and mentoring programs can support youth and their families during their complicated interactions with the juvenile justice system and restore a sense of belonging. This webinar aims to bring awareness to an often under-served population of court-involved youth and the role of mentoring supports and services can play. While using the Elements of Effective Practice (and a trauma-informed lens), community-based and court-based programs will discuss best practices around working with young people involved in the juvenile justice system, and ways to provide essential supports during crisis and transition.

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Teens who use drugs may show behavioral problems and struggle in school. Substance use can cause lasting brain changes and can increase 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 resources are protective for youth against substance misuse.

Join us for this experience as we:

•identify youth substance trends;

•identify evidence-based strategies to assist in prevention;

•understand how to interpret data associated with youth substance use and abuse

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Internet crimes and online bullying are increasing concerns because children are growing up in a digital age. Many teens don’t realize the dangers and risks that are lurking online. It is critical to help youth learn how to protect themselves while still enjoying all of the benefits of the Internet.

Join us for this experience as we:

•address cyberbullying, sexting, sexual solicitation, child pornography and online radicalization;

•increase awareness of digital issues;

•learn how to talk about internet safety with kids; and

•teach youth how to be safe and responsible online

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Adolescents differ from adults in the way they behave, solve problems and make decisions. There is a biological explanation for this difference. The brain continues 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 experience as we:

•encourage cognitive development;

•help youth recognize risks and opportunities;

•minimize factors that inhibit brain development.

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Collaboration is key in the world of grant writing. Through an interactive activity, participants will learn the importance of working collaboratively and develop strategies to strengthen grant proposals.

The presentation will also include a brief overview of Purdue’s Beginner’s Guide to Grant Writing program, which could prove beneficial to the new or inexperienced grant writer.

Join us for this experience as we learn:

•About the grant writing process;

•Strategies to strengthen grants;

•How to collaborate with other agencies on grants

Speakers

Steve Yoder

Title: Regional Educator in Community DevelopmentPurdue University Cooperative Extension

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Explore the meaning of “trauma-informed” and how it impacts our clients, our colleagues and ourselves. Gain actionable approaches for a trauma-informed workplace, using the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) definition.

Join us for this experience as we learn and:

•understand the work we engage can produce vicarious trauma;

•recognize signs of vicarious trauma in self, clients and colleagues;

•respond to signs and enact a care plan; and

•realize the importance of an on-going care plan to reduce and prevent re-traumatization.

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Adolescents differ from adults in the way they behave, solve problems and make decisions. There is a biological explanation for this difference. The brain continues 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 experience as we learn and:

•encourage cognitive development;

•help youth recognize risks and opportunities; and

•minimize factors that inhibit brain development.

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Robin Donaldson

Title: Chief Operating Officer Indiana Youth Services Association

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