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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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CATCH My Breath is a best-practices youth E-cigarette and JUUL prevention program developed by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health. The program provides up-to-date information to youth workers, including teachers, parents, and health professionals to equip youth with the knowledge and skills they need to make informed decisions about the use of E-cigarettes, including JUUL devices..

Join us for this experience as we:

•learn peer-led teaching approach;

•learn about recently passed legislation to help address youth tobacco use;

•gain resources to help youth who are trying to quit vaping

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Indiana ranks 48th for child abuse and neglect which puts children’s safety at risk and impacts future well-being across a lifetime. Nationally, 1 out of every 10 children will be a victim of child abuse before age 18. Every adult in the state of Indiana is a mandatory reporter of child abuse and neglect.

Join us for this experience as we learn:

•The four types of child maltreatment

•How to understand both behavioral and physical indicators of child maltreatment

•Reporting responsibilities

•Prevention strategies

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Adolescents differ from adults in behavior, problem solving and decision making. There is a biological explanation because the brain continues to mature and develop throughout childhood, 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 research-directed strategies to maximize cognitive and life skills development in stress and emotional management, decision-making and problem-solving, planning and prioritizing, academic achievement and healthy lifestyles;

•explore practical considerations for incorporating adolescent brain development research into youth programming.

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Children who lack a stable home are vulnerable to many adverse outcomes, including chronic health problems, difficulty accessing health care and witnessing violence. The lack of utilities can often be the pre-cursor to homelessness and other family issues. Children, the elderly and handicap individuals are most affected when utility cost is more than they can afford based off their income.

Join us for this experience as we:

•understand the “hidden rules” of people in poverty, middle class and wealth;

•suspend our own “hidden rules”; and

•seek to identify agency policies to be modified when working with low income families

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Children who experience multiple adverse or traumatic childhood experiences, such as exposure to violence or negative family relationships, have the highest levels of risk for negative outcomes throughout life. Trauma-informed care can be implemented in any type of service setting. These programs develop practices acknowledging trauma, its impact, and the prevention of further traumatization.

Join us for this experience as we:•learn about trauma and its impact on development;

•understand adolescent behaviors in the context of trauma;

•learn about the ARC Model and its use; and

•understand what trauma-informed care consists of in youth programming.

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Robin Donaldson

Title: Chief Operating OfficerIndiana Youth Services Association

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Nearly 30 percent of 12th-graders in Indiana report using electronic vapor products in the last month. As the brain continues to develop, adolescent use of e-cigarettes containing nicotine can harm the part of the brain responsible for mood, learning and impulse control.

Join us for this experience as we learn and:

•Understand the harms of vaping, flavored products and the effects on the developing brain;

•Understand point-of-sale tobacco marketing in the community and how it impacts youth;

•Gain resources such as Catch My Breath curriculum and how to educate you in the community.

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