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Opening Keynote: Dr. Brittany Patterson

Youth Thrive When YOU Do

Years into the COVID-19 pandemic, adults are facing unprecedented amounts of personal stress and trauma while trying to simultaneously support the increasing social-emotional needs of youth. Youth-serving organizations across the nation are enduring myriad consequences associated with unaddressed staff needs including burnout, demoralization, and high turn-over. Youth experiences are also inadvertently impacted because “you can’t pour from an empty cup.” Therefore, it is incumbent on us to prioritize adult well-being and intentionally “refill” to enhance our capacities for helping youth thrive. This keynote will highlight the current mental health and well-being needs of youth-serving professionals, discuss core skills that increase feelings of wellness, and share strategies for incorporating these practices into professional and personal environments.    

Lunch Keynote: Marvin Toliver
Understanding the Whole Person

In this interactive keynote, the focus will be on connection. It will cover the ways in which trauma gets in the way of interpersonal connections. It’ll also cover how the prison-industrial complex benefits from perpetuating a culture of criminalizing and isolating system-involved individuals, and the various harms caused. We’ll discuss how the “us” versus “them” mentality creates a further divide. The presentation will also focus on why cultural awareness, community mapping, and doing research about a community should be a significant part of working with underserved populations. The presentation will include real stories to further explain the significance of how understanding the whole person in their environment will likely lead to empathy and ultimately benefit the healing relationship.




Workshop Block 1 - 10:00am - 11:00am

The Fight: Practical Tools for Supporting Youth - Dr. Brittany Patterson

Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth & Youth of Color - Shawn Jeffers

Lap Around the Wellness Wheel - 1N5 (Youth Workshop)

Responding to Youth Gun Violence - Officer Lou Arnold & Mitch Morris


Workshop Block 2 - 11:00am - 11:50am

Miss Me With Your Malfeasance - Dr. Tynisha Worthy & Braxton Simmons


Fentanyl and Xylazine: What are they and how do we avoid them? - Chasity Rush

Finding Mental Health Resources As You Transition to Adulthood - Susan Shelton

The Fight: Practical Tools for Youth - Dr. Brittany Patterson (Youth Workshop)


Workshop Block 3 - 3:00pm - 3:50pm


Navigating Trauma to Create Connection  by Marvin Toliver

Lap Around the Wellness Wheel - Sara Utecht, 1N5 (Adult Workshop)

Hip Hop @ 50 with Evelyn Sears, Jordan Dean, TJ Brame, and Deaunna Watson

Harm Reduction: Drug Prevention 101, HIV 101, and STI 101 by Rashida Pearson


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