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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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This session is designed to apprise participants of the current Hoosier educational landscape as it relates to equity. Drawing upon recent findings and trends incorporated into the 2019 Equity Report produced by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE), the presentation will break down existing college and career readiness and success gaps through race & ethnicity, geography, sex, and socioeconomic status. Moreover, targeted initiatives that are facilitated by CHE to eliminate equity gaps will be shared as well as time dedicated to highlighting the work of partners who are implementing effective practices to close equity gaps with their students.

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When we put youth voice at the center of our classrooms, transformative things can happen—rich discussions unfold, participation increases, and students take a more active role in their own learning. This workshop will give participants an opportunity to see and hear what can happen when student voices are placed at the heart of social-emotional learning (SEL) instruction. Participants learn how to use Youth Communication’s uniquely relevant teen-written stories to generate discussion of SEL skills, engage in group discussion, and pair activities that support active listening and student engagement.

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Educators frequently work with students and families who have been exposed to trauma in their lives; in some cases, multiple traumas. As you teach, support, and develop relationships with your students, you learn about their lives, often revealing intimate details about their trauma experiences. Through time, this ongoing exposure to students’ traumas can lead to compassion fatigue or even educator burnout. It is critical to learn about the signs and effects of vicarious trauma. Additionally, this webinar will share the importance of establishing a self-care routine.

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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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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.