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Teens who use drugs may show behavioral problems and struggle in school. Substance use can cause lasting brain changes and places youth at an increased 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, antidrug policies and neighborhood resources are protective for youth against substance misuse. 

Join us for this experience and learn as we: 

  • Identify youth substance trends
  • Understand how to interpret data associated with youth substance use and abuse
  • Identify evidence-based strategies to assist in prevention 

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Children are growing up in a digital age and spend a great deal of time online using social media, instant messaging, researching and shopping. As a result, internet crimes and online bullying are increasing concerns as well.

Many teens don’t realize the dangers and risks that are lurking online. It is critical for adults to help youth learn how to protect themselves while still enjoying all of the benefits of the Internet. This presentation will address topics such as cyberbullying, sexting, sexual solicitation, child pornography and online radicalization. Attendees will increase awareness of these issues and learn about how to talk about internet safety with kids and teach them how to be safe and responsible online.

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Teens who use drugs may show behavioral problems and struggle in school. Substance use can cause lasting brain changes and places youth at an increased 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 neighborhood resources are protective for youth against substance misuse.

Youth who are overtly involved in drug culture can be wearing certain clothing or talk in a certain way that pertains to drugs and alcohol. It is important to be able identify these and confront the youth in a positive manner as well as making local law enforcement aware of what is happening. 

Join us for this experience and learn: 

  • How to identify youth involved drugs or drug culture
  • How to react to your observation
  • Who to contact regarding youth involved in drugs or alcohol

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Youth who identify as LGBTQI are more likely to be marginalized and at risk for homelessness, running away, and becoming victims of violence and exploitation. This workshop will present a culturally comprehensive approach to understanding the needs of this youth subpopulation and strategies for creating positive relationships and environments that allow them to thrive. 

Youth-serving professionals and other adults have a unique opportunity to help alleviate these disparities by creating safe, affirming environments for all youth. 

Join us for this experience as we learn and: 

  • Recognize specific vulnerabilities of LGBTQ+ persons
  • Recognize challenges faced in providing services and treatment, and acknowledging personal biases
  • Create a safe space for LGBTQ+ persons and strengthen relationships with the community and existing resources

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Teens who use drugs may show behavioral problems and struggle in school. Substance use can cause lasting brain changes and places youth at an increased 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 neighborhood resources are protective for youth against substance misuse.

Youth who are overtly involved in drug culture can be wearing certain clothing or talk in a certain way that pertains to drugs and alcohol. It is important to be able identify these and confront the youth in a positive manner as well as making local law enforcement aware of what is happening

Join us for this experience and learn: 

  • How to identify youth involved drugs or drug culture
  • How to react to your observation
  • Who to contact regarding youth involved in drugs or alcohol

 

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Youth who experience anxiety or depression face a higher risk of poor health outcomes as adults. Depression during adolescence is also associated with disrupted school performance and peer/family relationships. with 30.8 percent of Indiana high school students reporting feeling sad or hopeless to the point that they stopped doing some usual activities almost every day for two or more weeks in a row. 

Join us for this experience to learn how to recognize signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression in children and youth, along with strategies for assisting kids who struggle with anxiety or depression.

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Launched in 2015, Promise Indiana exists to ensure that every child has the assets, champions, and community support to pursue their dreams. The Promise initiative encourages students and their families to obtain the information and tools necessary to increase access to and success in career training or education beyond high school. This includes supporting career discovery, academic readiness, and savings for post-high school learning from an early age.

All Hoosiers benefit when the next generation is well-educated and economically secure. Post-secondary success not only improves individual outcomes, but it also helps build stronger communities and strengthens the economy

Join us for this experience and take-away:

  • The Power of Assets: what are Children’s Savings Accounts (CSA) and how is asset-building linked to post-high school learning and career discovery
  • Telling the story: what are some of the successes of Promise Indiana and how is Rush County exploring the opportunity
  • Next steps: what are some key next steps we can take as a community

Speakers

Kelsey Webb

Title: Promise Indiana Assistant Director

Kelsey is responsible for contributing to the strategic and operational development of Promise Indiana. Prior to joining IYI, Kelsey led a statewide coalition focused on asset-building strategies for low-wealth Hoosiers. She enjoys spending time with her husband Steve and their son Lewis.

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Mental health influences all areas of child well-being; children must have good mental health to reach their full potential. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), trauma and poverty have been linked to an increased risk for mental health illnesses. youth who experience anxiety or depression face a higher risk of poor health outcomes as adults. Depression during adolescence is also associated with disrupted school performance and peer/family relationships. 

Join us for this experience as we learn about various aspects of child mental health from local community leaders, followed by a group discussion about key learnings and action steps for supporting youth and families.

Speakers

Pascal Fettig

Title:  President/CEO - Mental Health America of BooneCounty

Dianna Huddleson, LCSW

Title:  Director of Comprehensive Services -Hamilton and Boone Counties, Aspire Indiana

Lynette Clark

Title:  Director – Integrative Wellness, LLC

Maggie Ioannacci, MS Ed.

Title:  School Counseling, MS Ed.Administration, Program Director of Student Services – Zionsville Community Schools

Letitia V. Haywood

Title:  LCSW, LCAC, Director of Operations – BooneCounty Cummins Behavioral Health Systems, Inc

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Youth who experience anxiety or depression face a higher risk of poor health outcomes as adults. High reported levels of youth anxiety and childhood trauma highlight the importance of actively addressing the social and emotional needs of kids of all ages.

Join us for this experience and:

• Examine symptoms of anxiety in youth

• Understand basic functioning of the brain and how it is activated in anxiety

• Increase awareness of self to improve effectiveness of strategic responses with anxiety

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Attend this training to become certified in the QPR – Question,Persuade, Refer – an evidence based suicide prevention program.

Like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. The QPR mission is to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training.

This training will help you:

• recognize the warning signs of someone at risk for suicide;

• demonstrate increased knowledge of intervention skills; and

• become familiar with referral services and how to refer someone.