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Teens who use drugs may show behavioral problems and struggle in school. Substance use can cause lasting brain changes and can increase risk of dependence, risky sexual behaviors, risk of motor vehicle accidents and can lead to addiction. Factors such as monitoring and support by caring adults, positive relationships, anti-drug policies and resources are protective for youth against substance misuse.

Join us for this experience as we:

•identify youth substance trends;

•identify evidence-based strategies to assist in prevention;

•understand how to interpret data associated with youth substance use and abuse

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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 e-cigarettes, including JUUL;

•understand how they are impacting Indiana’s youth;

•understand the health risks of youth usage;

•discover resources to assist with education, prevention and helping those who are addicted

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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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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 e-cigarettes, including JUUL;

•understand how they are impacting Indiana’s youth;•understand the health risks of youth usage;

•discover resources to assist with education, prevention and helping those who are addicted

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Adults working with youth spend much of their time nurturing young people, yet often struggle to find time for personal and professional renewal. It takes a community of renewed youth workers to encourage teamwork, rejuvenate morale and bring new life to any office or program culture.

Join us for this experience as we:

•learn how to take your personal renewal efforts to the next level;

•discover strategies to help you “struggle less and BE more” in your work and in your personal life;

•gain strategies to maintain our energy to continually impact the youth we serve

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144,147 people in Indiana live with at least one undocumented family member. Together, we can increase our ability to learn and build on the rich array of cultural and community norms of youth and their families. The better we understand our youth, the better we can support and champion their success.

Join us for this experience as we:

•learn concepts for cultural competency including the diversity wheel and the values orientation model;

•overview of the immigration system in the U.S;

•discuss how immigration policy affects individuals;

•explore dimensions of one’s own culture(s), including organizational culture

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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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Internet crimes and online bullying are increasing concerns because children are growing up in a digital age. Many teens don’t realize the dangers and risks that are lurking online. It is critical to help youth learn how to protect themselves while still enjoying all of the benefits of the Internet.

Join us for this experience as we:

•address cyberbullying, sexting, sexual solicitation, child pornography and online radicalization;

•increase awareness of digital issues;

•learn how to talk about internet safety with kids; and

•teach youth how to be safe and responsible online

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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 e-cigarettes, including JUUL;

•understand how they are impacting Indiana’s youth;

•understand the health risks of youth usage;

•discover resources to assist with education, prevention and helping those who are addicted

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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.