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Many children living in poverty have gaps in learning, knowledge and socio-emotional development that begin as early as infancy and get progressively wider over time.

Learn about Bridges Out of Poverty and how individuals and organizations can develop programs and strategies to improve relationship outcomes and change systems at the community level.

Join us for this experience and:

  • understand causes of poverty to build resources for those in poverty;
  • establish key concepts that underlie Bridges Out of Poverty; and

understand examples of the hidden rules of the three economic classes (poverty, middle class and wealth).

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Having a positive impact necessitates a true understanding of the youth with whom you are working.

This workshop will help facilitate that understanding with an introduction of the biological impact of trauma. Join us for this experience and we will explore:

  • trauma and its impact on development and the brain;
  • youth behaviors explained in the context of trauma, how trauma impacts attachment;
  • self-regulation and competencies;
  • and provide practical examples of trauma informed interactions in youth work.

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The “REJECT” documentary looks at the science of social rejection, with a solution-oriented focus on the roots of bullying behavior and violent behavior against the self or others. It raises public awareness about the serious potential lethal consequences of interpersonal rejection—peer bullying, parental neglect (or abuse), race discrimination, and other forms of social rejection across all ages. A few minutes experiencing rejection can cause reduced sense of self-esteem, self-control, belonging and meaningful existence. Rejection can create surges of anger and aggression; correlations exist between peer rejection and higher rates of delinquency, arrest,violent behavior and substance abuse.

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The “REJECT” documentary looks at the science of social rejection, with a solution-oriented focus on the roots of bullying behavior and violent behavior against the self or others. It raises public awareness about the serious potential lethal consequences of interpersonal rejection—peer bullying, parental neglect (or abuse), race discrimination, and other forms of social rejection across all ages. A few minutes experiencing rejection can cause reduced sense of self-esteem, self-control, belonging and meaningful existence. Rejection can create surges of anger and aggression; correlations exist between peer rejection and higher rates of delinquency, arrest,violent behavior and substance abuse.

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This presentation will introduce participants to the principles of Restorative Justice and its potential to empower healthy relationships, repair harm while transforming conflict, and create just and equitable environments. It will explore how those who work with youth can create restorative cultures within their contexts so that when harm or conflict arise, they have established relationships of support for themselves and those they serve.

Join us for this experience and learn as we:

  • Build a broad understanding of Restorative Justice as a theory and practice
  • Integrate concepts of repairing harm, establishing healthy relationships and transforming conflict into your work culture
  • Become empowered to apply new skills and ways of thinking in their interactions with youth and families you serve

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The top reasons why teens use e-cigarettes are the use of the product by a friend or family member (39%), availability of flavors (31%), and the belief that vaping is less harmful than other forms of tobacco (17.1%). 

Nearly 30 percent of 12th-graders in Indiana reported using electronic vapor products in the last month. 3,700 Hoosier children under 18 become new daily smokers each year. Nearly 9 out of 10 start before age 18 and e-cigarettes are the most commonly used tobacco product among teens. 

Join us for this event and learn: 

  • the different types of e-cigarettes;
  • what makes vaping appealing to kids; and
  • the various health risks of youth vaping. 

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This presentation will introduce participants to the principles of Restorative Justice and it’s potential to empower healthy relationships, repair harm while transforming conflict, and create just and equitable environments. It will explore how those who work with youth can create restorative cultures within their contexts so that when harm or conflict arise, they have established relationships of support for themselves and those they serve.

Join us for this experience and learn as we: 

  • Build a broad understanding of Restorative Justice as a theory and practice;
  • Integrate concepts of repairing harm, establishing healthy relationships and transforming conflict into your work culture;
  • Become empowered to apply new skills and ways of thinking in their interactions with youth and families you serve

 

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“Trauma-informed” has become so much of a buzzword that we are even seeing it in memes and popular online publications. But does the ubiquity of the phrase mean that we are losing some of its specific meaning? 

Join us for this presentation to explore the true meaning of “trauma-informed” and how it impacts our clients, our colleagues and ourselves. Participants will gain an actionable approach to creating a trauma-informed workplace and career, using the definition laid forth by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). 

Attendees will work to identify personal renewal goals that align with SAMHSA’s trauma-informed definition and be able to: 

  • realize the work in which they engage can produce vicarious trauma, and why;
  • recognize signs of vicarious trauma in self, clients and colleagues;
  • respond to signs and enact a care plan; and
  • understand the importance of an ongoing care plan to reduce and prevent re-traumatization.

 

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Search Institute has identified 40 positive supports and strengths that young people need to succeed. Half of the assets focus on the relationships and opportunities they need in their families, schools, and communities (external assets). 

The remaining assets focus on the social-emotional strengths, values, and commitments that are nurtured within young people (internal assets). Everyone’s as Asset Builder is designed to inform individuals about the Development Assets framework and motivate them to be effective asset builders. Youth with greater levels of Assets are more likely to display positive behaviors, less likely to engage in high-risk behaviors, and demonstrate higher levels of resiliency. 

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According to the 2018 Indiana Youth Survey, nearly 30 percent of 12th-graders in Indiana report using electronic vapor products in the last month, an increase of 45 percent over 2017 numbers. And, as the brain continues developing until age 25, 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
  • Resources to assist with education, prevention and helping those who are addicted