26th Annual Conference on Youth

Allen Superior Court’s Great KIDS make Great COMMUNITIES is getting ready to host its 26th Annual Conference on Youth!


The flagship training for Great KIDS make Great COMMUNITIES is the Annual Conference on Youth. The Annual Conference on Youth emerged from Allen Superior Court, Family Relations Division’s desire to ensure that all agencies working with children and families operated with the same strengths-based philosophy the court espoused. This yearly training, funded in part by a grant from Foellinger Foundation, brings in top professionals in the field of youth and family services to train area workers on strengths-based practices.

The 26th Annual Conference on Youth features three keynote speakers and a variety of workshop topics. The conference includes a service provider fair, showcasing area agencies and services, and opportunities to network with other youth and family serving professionals. This year’s theme is Nurturing the Whole Child: Mind, Body & Spirit.


Thursday, October 1, 2015

  7:15 am   Registration and Continental Breakfast
  8:00 am   Conference Welcome
  8:15 am   Keynote and Performance:  Kevin Eubanks
  9:30 am   Morning Workshops (you pick ONE)
  10:45 am   Keynote:  Karen Mapp “Parent Engagement”
  11:45 am   Lunch
  1:15 pm   Afternoon Workshops (you pick ONE)
  2:30 pm   Keynote:  David Walsh “GRIT”
  4:00 pm   Conference Ends/CEU Sign-Out

Service Provider Fair & Conference Bookstore will be open all day


Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

4000 Parnell Avenue, Fort Wayne, IN 46805


Keynote Speakers:

-Kevin Eubanks: Jazz Guitarist and Music Education Advocate

-Karen Mapp, EdD: Parent Engagement Expert and Author

-David Walsh, PhD: Psychologist and Author


$35 Conference registration fee includes: continental breakfast, lunch, access to the conference and all conference materials. (Please note that parking is the responsibility of conference participants)

CEU’s are available for an additional fee. In order to receive CEU’s, participants must register ahead of time, sign-in AND out the day of the conference and stay the entire length of the conference. NO partial credit will be issued.


-Engaging Parents: Building the Capacity for Effective Family-School Partnerships (1:15 pm)

-Trauma Informed Juvenile Justice: Building Brain-based, Resiliency-focused, & Trauma-informed Juvenile Justice Systems (9:30 am)

-Prenatal Exposure to Toxic Stress, Drugs, & Alcohol: The Blind Men & the Elephant in the Room (1:15 pm)

-Introduction to Restorative Practices (9:30 am & 1:15 pm)

-Music Therapy and Supporting At-Risk Children and Adolescents (9:30 am)

-Developing Resilience in Our Youth: Helping Mature the Child’s Spirit (9:30 am & 1:15 pm)

-Human Trafficking (9:30 am & 1:15 pm)

More Information

For more information, including how to register, please see the Great KIDS make Great COMMUNITIES Website

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