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2015 Schedule & Workshops


10:00 a.m.
Registration/Continental Breakfast

10:15 a.m.
Welcome & Opening Remarks

10:45 a.m.
Bringing Everyone Together Collectively

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Morning Workshops

1:30 p.m.
Lunch & Networking

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Afternoon Workshops

3:30 p.m.
James O’S Morton, Keynote Speaker

4:45 pm.
Youth Presentations

5:15 p.m.
Presentations and Awards & Closing Remarks

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A1: Let’s Be Honest:  Communication in Families that Keeps Kids Healthy
Presenter:  Mindy Craver
Kids have questions about their bodies, puberty, relationships and sexual decision making.  Research shows that they want to get answers from their parents/trusted adults in their lives. Help them make the right choices.  Be prepared with this fun, thought provoking interactive workshop which will provide parents with strategies for responding to their children’s hard-to answer questions as well as techniques for talking about sexual health issues in a skilled knowledgeable and comfortable manner.  Let’s Be Honest is a workshop for parents and other caregivers of adolescents designed to help them learn how to create a comfortable environment of trust for talking about sex and sexuality.

A2: Everyone’s Responsibility: How can Communities take action to prevent Child Sexual Abuse?
Presenter:  Dr. Stephen Boos, Baystate Health
Sexual abuse prevention efforts have focused on making children responsible for protecting themselves. What about us adults?  This workshop will discuss how adults can play their part in making our community and youth serving organizations safe for children.


B1: Shifting Culture and Reaching Young People through Social Media
Presenter: Natasha Vianna, Mass Alliance on Teen Pregnancy
Young people of color are using social media platforms to engage with each other on the issues impacting their lives. In this workshop, we will discuss how adults and allies can authentically engage in those dialogues and help shape effective culture-shifting conversations within those platforms. Workshop attendees will walk away with a new understanding of social media activism and how to build trusting relationships with isolated and marginalized young people in their communities

B2: Engaging Youth to Create a Healthier World for all of us!
Presenters: John Engle, James Lightfoot, III
Workshop will engage participants in strategies in engaging youth as partners in program design, inform participants in the use of strategies to convene and support young men and women as well as empower participants to support youth in their program as valuable assets in the development of strong youth focused programs and initiatives.

B3: Keeping Your Family Safe from Abuse
Presenter: Dr. Stephen Boos, Baystate Health
What can a parent do to help protect their child from sexual abuse?  What can a parent do to help their child protect themselves?  What should a parent do when they think someone might have abused their child? We will address these difficult questions, and others that you may have at this workshop.

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More Information

2015 YEAH! Network Conference Brochure (PDF)