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According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, teens who use drugs may show behavioral problems and struggle in school. Substance use is especially dangerous for adolescents since the brain is still developing. Substance use can cause lasting brain changes and places youth at an increased risk of dependence. Substance use increases the chance of risky sexual behaviors, risk of mot or vehicle accidents and drug misuse can lead to addiction.  

Substance abuse among youth is a problem across all socio-economical, educational and geographical areas and the face of adolescent substance use is always changing. Join us for this informative presentation to learn more about the issue of youth substance abuse, including updated data about substance use in Indiana and current trends of usage among youth. 

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Eric Evans, MA

Title: Director of Prevention, Geminus, Corporation

Eric Evans is a member of the Northwest Indiana Suicide Prevention Council, Lake County Substance Abuse Council, Indiana Suicide Prevention Network Advisory Council, Lake County Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Coalition, and the Indiana State LGBT Special Population Committee. At Geminus, Corp. he provides oversight to grantfunded initiatives locally, regionally and statewide which provide services that include mental promotion, substance abuse prevention, and suicide prevention. 

 

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Children who experience multiple adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), such as exposure to violence or negative family relationships, have a greater likelihood of negative outcomes throughout life. The CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest investigations of childhood abuse and neglect and later-life health and well-being. 

The findings of the ACE Study show that leading causes of health, learning, behavior and productivity problems are often rooted in the cumulative impacts of childhood adversity. During this presentation, you will learn about the impact of ACEs and how building resilience can help people recover and thrive in spite of adversity. You will: 

  • better understand the ACE study and its importance; 
  • discover how ACEs impact individuals and their health outcomes; and 
  • identify how to begin addressing ACEs with the youth and families they serve. 

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Skye Berger

Title: Chief Encouragement Officer & Executive Creative Coach – Door Opener Academy, Skye Berger Group

Skye has more than ten years of experience as a consultant, coach, speaker and trainer. Her background includes child welfare and mental health facilitation and program development. Skye has reached youth and families nationwide through keynote presentations and training on leadership, renewal, teen parenting and transition-age youth.

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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 an in-depth discussion about how the Assets®, both internal and external, can be powerful tools to help young people overcome the impact of trauma caused by Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).  

This dynamic presentation will assist in the creation of strategies to empower young people by providing support, guidance and diverse opportunities. Participants 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; and 
  • create a plan to support continued growth by building resilience.  

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Skye Berger

Title: Chief Encouragement Officer & Executive Creative Coach – Door Opener Academy, Skye Berger Group

Skye has more than ten years of experience as a consultant, coach, speaker and trainer. Her background includes child welfare and mental health facilitation and program development. Skye has reached youth and families nationwide through keynote presentations and training on leadership, renewal, teen parenting and transition-age youth

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The Poverty Experience is an interactive simulation designed to provide participants a glimpse of what life is like on an extremely limited income. Join us for this opportunity to better understand what many of our youth and families living in poverty face daily.  

Participants will be given a unique identity as a family member and will live a “month” in poverty. Attendees could 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 Experience 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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Lake Area United Way

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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. Attendees will: 

  • 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. Jo

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. 

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According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation “Stepping Up for Kids” Policy Report, there has been an increase in the number of children living with extended family and close friends; 1 in 11 children lives in kinship care at some point before the age of 18. Kinship caregivers face multiple financial, health and social stresses of caregiving and there is an ever-growing need for support and education for kinship parents. 

This presentation will help attendees: 

  • learn the definition of kinship parenting; 
  • understand the various circumstances that can lead to a kinship placement;  
  • hear about the challenges and stigmas associated with kinship care; and  
  • learn about supportive resources available. 

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Alice Smith, MS

Title: Extension Educator, Health and Human Sciences – Purdue Extension Jasper County

Alice Smith has been with Purdue Extension for eight years following a career teaching Consumer and Family Sciences. She has great interest in human development and currently teaches parenting and grand-parenting programs, coaches divorcing parents, and works with foster parents. As part of the local drug free coalition she has established a Family Fun Fair, a Child ID Project and a Senior Expo in Jasper County. She is currently coordinating a statewide program on social rejection.

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You are invited to attend the Indiana Youth Institute’s 2019 State of the Child presentation. Hear about the key data for Hoosier youth first-hand from IYI’s 2019 Indiana KIDS COUNT® Data Book.

Light refreshments will be served. You will not want to miss this opportunity!

Hosted by the United Way of Delaware County

and Ball State University’s Office of Community Engagement

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You are invited to attend the Indiana Youth Institute’s 2019 State of the Child presentation. Hear about the key data for Hoosier youth first-hand from IYI’s 2019 Indiana KIDS COUNT® Data Book.

You will not want to miss this opportunity!

Sponsored by the Commission on Improving the Status of Children

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In 2017, more than one-third of youth reported feeling nervous or anxious within the past month, according to the American Psychological Association’s Stress in America Survey. They also shared that stress makes them skip meals and feel tired, depressed and overwhelmed. The data and research only affirm what youth workers in our community see daily – many of our youth are struggling to cope. This is particularly true for under-resourced populations that may face more significant stressors such as trauma and the struggle to have basic needs met.

Join us for a workshop that will offer practical strategies youth workers can use to strengthen the emotional resilience of youth. This presentation will build upon the foundational concepts of cultivating grit and supporting social and emotional needs by providing concrete ideas and resources practitioners can use in their work immediately. Attendees will leave energized with actionable knowledge of how they can help youth not only survive, but thrive with more emotional resilience.

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Skye Berger

Title: Chief Encouragement Officer & Executive Creative Coach – Door Opener Academy, Skye Berger Group

Skye has more than ten years of experience as a consultant, coach, speaker and trainer. Her background includes child welfare and mental health facilitation and program development. Skye has reached youth and families nationwide through keynote presentations and training on leadership, renewal, teen parenting and transition-age youth.

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This presentation will provide a broad overview of issues that youth serving agencies should consider regarding best practices for safeguarding staff and clients in a variety of settings.

Discussion will include the importance of providing safety measures, learning how to maintain personal boundaries, and ensuring proper risk management for the organization.

Attendees will gain a general understanding of:

  • minimum safety standards in youth programming;
  • appropriate professional and personal boundaries between staff and clients; and
  • organizational risk management in youth work.

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Robin Donaldson

Title: Chief Operating Officer, Indiana Youth Services Association

Robin Donaldson has a master’s degree in counseling and social psychology and has been teaching at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana since August 2001. She has been a licensed Mental Health Counselor and is a licensed foster parent. Previously, Ms. Donaldson was the Program Development and Research Director for National Safe Place from 2008 – 2013 and held multiple positions at Youth Services Bureau of Monroe County over 12 years.

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