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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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Indiana children live in many different types of families. Parents serve an important role in supporting children’s health and learning. Engaged parents help guide their kids, advocate for their children, and can help shape a healthy environment. Compared to children living in two-parent families, kids living with a single-parent or experiencing family structure transitions fare worse in developmental outcomes.  How can parent and family engagement start with you?  

During this presentation, you will be exposed to current methods to effectively engage families and focus on areas where you can strengthen your practice and efforts. Be empowered with activities that focus on family and child and deepen understanding of developing family strengths.

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Lenore Friedly

Title: Manager of Family Support and Engagement, Early Learning Indiana

Lenore has worked close with families throughout her career building partnerships and working to increase the level of engagement that families and providers experience as they work toward improved outcomes for children. 

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According to the Indiana State Department of Health, nearly 1 in 3 Indiana high school students (29.3%) report feeling sad or hopeless almost every day for at least 2 weeks. As a community we must come together to support our youth. Armed with greater understanding, we are equipped to discuss what we can do to address youth suicide prevention. 

Join us for this informative presentation to learn more about: 

  • how youth suicide in Indiana compares nationally; 
  • why some youth are at greater risks of suicide; and 
  • recognizing risk factors that can contribute to suicide. 

 

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Eric Evans, MA

Title: Director of Prevention, Geminus, Corporation

Eric Evans serves as the Director of Prevention Services at Geminus Corporation. There, he provides oversight to multiple grant funded initiatives which focus on suicide prevention, mental health promotion, substance abuse prevention, elder health and wellness, and LGBTQ competency. Eric provides trainings throughout the US as well as to local school districts, community stakeholders and community members.  

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Suicide has been the second leading cause of death for young Hoosiers ages 15-24 since 2009. Indiana ranks 3rd out of 36 states in the percentage of students who seriously considered attempting suicide. Working with youth who may be considering suicide can be difficult. Emotional distress may lead youth to contemplate suicide or engage in suicidal behaviorTo help, it is important to recognize the warning signs of suicidal intentions. Information and education can empower all people, regardless of background, to make a difference in the life of someone they know. 

This presentation will provide tools to bridge the gap from the silence of emotional distress to the voice of hope. Participants will learn how to navigate conversations with youth about suicide and recovery. 

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Brooke Ammerman, Ph.D.

Title: University of Notre Dame

Dr. Ammerman is an Assistant Professor at the University of Notre Dame.  She received her doctorate from Temple University and completed her clinical residency at VA Puget Sound.  Her research and clinical interests focus on self-injury and suicidal thoughts and behaviors, with the goal of improving prevention and intervention efforts for high-risk populations.

Sarah Graham MA, LSW

Title: Licensed School Counselor, Co-Director of Counseling Warsaw Community Schools

Sarah earned bachelor’s degrees in social work and criminal justice, and master degrees in Community and School Counseling. Sarah has experience in community corrections and community mental health. She is in her 15th year in school counseling. Sarah also published a children’s book in 2014. In 2015, Sarah had the honor of being named the Indiana High School Counselor of the Year. Sarah is passionate about suicide prevention and the social-emotional health of students.  

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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! 

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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. 

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Do volunteers power your organization? 

Join this webinar to learn how to identify and leverage your volunteers’ passions and talents while deepening their commitment to service.  

Barry Altlandauthor and nonprofit leader, will guide you in: 

  • Understanding the volunteer life cycle 
  • Learning techniques to elevate volunteer engagement 
  • Uncovering what motivates your volunteers  

Don’t miss this opportunity to deepen your volunteer leadership and engagement skills! 

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Barry Altland

Title: Author, speaker and non-profit executive

Barry has deep experience working with volunteers and leaders of volunteers. He has 15 years’ of strategic and tactical talent strategyorganizational developmentlearning and performance initiative leadership, as well as 10 years’ of hospitality leadership. 

Barry is the author of “Engaging the Head, Heart and Hands of a Volunteer.”

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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. Over two days, you’ll learn about a wide variety of topics and trends while making year-long connections with your peers across the state. This year, you can choose from more than 70 workshops on topics that are important to you.

You’re also invited to the Leadership Institute: Leading from a Trauma-Informed Lens. This pre-conference institute will provide you with a framework for leadership with a trauma-informed lens and help you create a workplace environment that will facilitate more person-centered serving for youth, families and the adults who serve them.

Youth Worker of the Year Award

Join us in celebrating the amazing work happening in our field!

During the IYI KIDS COUNT Conference, we’ll announce the 2019 D. Susan Wisely Youth Worker of the Year finalists and awardee. This award honors an outstanding youth worker who demonstrates excellence in performance and leadership in their commitment to improving the lives of Indiana’s children.

Let’s recognize these inspiring professionals together!

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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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Youth Workers are among the hidden treasures of every community. We are the perpetual problem solvers, educators, community organizers, liaisons, and the super heroes of multitasking. Many of us do not realize the need for renewal until we are almost fully depleted. Often our work takes precedence over our love for ourselves.  

Join us for this presentation and gain real life strategies that will make you proud to post: #ilovemyprofession, #selfcare, #livingmybestlife, #youthworkersrock, #wemaketheworldgoround, etc. You will be able to: 

  • understand the common barriers to creating a lifestyle with regular renewal practices; 
  • define self-care and determine its importance in our industry, while answering “Do youth workers experience trauma?” and 
  • understand the different forms of renewal and learn to implement renewal practices regularly. 

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Velshonna Luckey

Title: Director of Outreach & Partnership Development – United Way of St. Joseph County

In addition to her role with United Way of St. Joseph County, Velshonna Luckey is the owner of Pendulum Consulting, LLC & Living in the Rest, Inc. Through Living in the Rest, she assists individuals and organizations in planning retreats. Her work with Pendulum Consulting is two part: to assist organizations who work with underrepresented students and their families and to assist individuals in developing work-life balance strategies with their whole self in mind