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Youth workers are in a powerful position to help kids develop the coping skills needed to process and manage stress in their daily lives. A critical element of resilience is the ability to adapt well and overcome challenges and failures, while continuing to move toward achieving goals. Join us for this webinar to learn how to help young people develop emotional resilience so they not only survive, but thrive, from the “good” stress in their lives.

According to the American Psychological Association’s 2018 Stress in America Survey, 27 percent of youth ages 15-18 report their mental health as fair or poor, saying they have experienced at least one physical or emotional symptom due to stress in the past month. Youth shared that stress makes them feel depressed or sad, experience lack of interest, motivation or energy, lay awake at night or eat too much.

During this webinar participants will:

  • understand the difference between “good” stress and “toxic” stress;
  • gain practical, evidence-based strategies for helping youth harness their “good stress” for personal growth;
  • learn how to help youth develop the social and emotional resilience needed for college and career success; and
  • discover self-care strategies for leveraging personal “good stress” to maximize your own level of calm and impact.

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Hoosier youth are more likely to consider suicide than their peers nationally. Indiana ranks 3rd out of 37 states in the percentage of high school students who seriously considered attempting suicide and 2nd out of 34 states in the percentage of students who made a suicide plan. As youth-serving professionals, we can all play a role in suicide prevention. Discover how you can act as an individual to identify resources for youth in need, and learn about how the Indiana Department of Education has developed a Model School Policy for Suicide Prevention and training recommendations to enhance the preparedness of the public education system in Indiana.

Speakers: Laurie Gerdt, Program Manager for the Zero Suicides for Indiana Youth SAMHSA Grant, Community Health Network and Jeff Wittman, School Social Work & Foster Youth Specialist, Indiana Department of Education

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Peer pressure, family dysfunction, insecurity, technology advances, and keeping up with what social media defines as ‘perfection’ can promote an environment of toxic stress for youth. Identifying what pressures this generation are faced with is a challenge for youth workers due to today’s fast paced world. This webinar will equip participants with tools to help youth manage the stress they face daily.

Speakers: Sara Chambers and Jessica Nevell, Hamilton Center

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Too much to do and too little time. Between work, home and community activities it seems like the “to-do” list of a 21st century professional just keeps growing and growing, making it difficult to find the time and energy it takes to accomplish even the simplest task. As much as we tout the benefits of time management, successful time management starts with strategic planning, and we find it difficult to make the time to start. Discover what time management really means, how to prioritize tasks, and how to leverage these skillsets in your day-to-day professional and personal life. Take back your day and rediscover job satisfaction and personal fulfillment with these easy steps for effective planning.

Speaker: Krystal Heinzen

Krystal Heinzen is a management specialist for Western Kentucky University Research Foundation Training and Technical Assistance (T/TAS) with over 20 years professional training experience. As a former corporate trainer for a major airline, a formerly certified healthy relationships trainer with Head Start families and a current management specialist, her primary objective is for participants to be able to relate to and apply the information. Since joining the T/TAS team in 2011, her primary area of expertise has been program design and management. However, her history as a Head Start parent while in law school made her passionate about all aspects of family partnership and engagement. She holds a Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in journalism with a minor in Spanish from Howard University in Washington DC. She is certified in mediation and a Registered Parliamentarian.

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Health challenges and disparities such as trauma, access to quality healthcare, chronic disease, and mental health exist for youth in Indiana’s rural and urban counties. These challenges among youth have huge implications for a healthy well-being and impact school attendance/dropout rates, early mortality, increased opportunities for criminal activities and incarceration, especially for those from minority communities. Learn about these challenges and how youth workers and youth-serving programs can influence efforts to close these gaps. This session will provide essential information and examples of model programs that can be utilized in creating new or enhancing existing programs to increase awareness, allocate resources, and improve access to services and programs for Indiana’s youth.

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One of the greatest barriers to developing or expanding a college and career readiness program is a lack of curriculum to support it. The resources required to develop a comprehensive, current and effective curriculum can seem prohibitive, leading many programs to either piece together activities aimed at building college readiness or pause their college and career programming needs until they have time to develop a more intentional curriculum. Inform or even frame your college and career program development with the College & Career Ready Student Toolkit, a 48-month curriculum designed by Project Leadership, specifically for high school students and the adults who support them. Learn more about what is included in the Toolkit and how you can access and leverage it to deepen interactions between students and adults in your school or community.

Speakers: Tammy Pearson and Tracy Butler

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Research shows that play is so much more than fun and games.  Through play, the stress response system is calibrated in ways that help students deal with changes in life.  Additionally, play requires movement that gets the body active, leading to greater health. We as youth workers have been playing with kids for years.  The question is, “Do we understand how powerful play can be?” This webinar will move from research to process to practical resources for increasing playful engagement with youth.

Speaker: Ritch Hochstetler, uLead

As Chief Ideation Trailblazer, Ritch has innovated and delivered training experiences for youth and adults for over 30 years. Most recently, Ritch has blazed the trail for ULEAD’s staff and board to radically embrace their identity and mission as a mobile training organization. When Ritch isn’t dreaming up new ways to stretch people’s comfort zones, he loves playing – spending time with family, his kayak, and his amazing Martin guitar. Currently, Ritch is working on developing a team-building program utilizing ULEAD’s new mobile challenge course. Ritch is a graduate of Goshen College and of Fuller Seminary, with additional certifications in personal, leadership, and team development strategies.

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The ACE Study is one of the largest investigations ever conducted to assess associations between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well-being. This session is designed to expand understanding, increase awareness, and provide actions from the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their cumulative effects on outcomes in both children and adults.

Speaker: Mary Sciaraffa, Eastern Kentucky University

Dr. Sciaraffa is an Associate Professor in Child and Family Studies at Eastern Kentucky University. She is a Certified Family Life Educator through the National Council of Family Relations and an Adverse Childhood Experiences, Interface, Master Trainer.

Her work in several different capacities has provided experiences with both young children and adults. Her publication, “Understanding and Promoting Resilience in the Context of Adverse Childhood Experiences” was recently published in the Early Childhood Education Journal.

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Learn to identify the various forms of poverty that your students might be experiencing and discover the impact that a child’s socioeconomic status can have on his or her educational experience. Take advantage of this opportunity to share your concerns about supporting students and discover how to create more effective interactions with the youth you serve.

Topic: Poverty, Education

Speaker Information: Liz Derrough

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their white peers, according to data from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. In order to close the state’s equity gap in rates of postsecondary success, youth workers must understand how to better support and prepare our minority youth to fulfill their aspirations beyond high school graduation. Join IYI for a panel presentation featuring national and state leaders who are working to strengthen the college and career readiness of minority youth. Gain actionable knowledge, resources and connections that will help you better serve youth from underrepresented populations.

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