National Youth-At-Risk Conference – Las Vegas
Welcome to National Youth-at-Risk, Las Vegas, Nevada
November 6-8, 2014
2880 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Hosted by: The College of Education and The Division of Continuing Education at Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA
2013 Conference Speakers
|Steven W. Edwards, Ph.D.
President, EEO, Edwards Educational Services, Inc., Alexandria, VA
School Leadership in a Globalized World: What Does Student Achievement Look Like
Co-Chair, Assistant Professor, College of Education, Department of Teaching & Learning, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA
Creating P.E.A.C.E in 21st CENTURY SCHOOLS (Productive Environments And Critical Engagement)
Corporal, Gang Resistance Education And Training, Durham Police, Durham, NC
Gangsterism: Understanding the Gangs and Addressing Gang Activity in Educational Settings
|LaMarr Darnell Shields
President, Co-Founder, Senior Director of Education and Innovation, The Cambio Group, Baltimore, MD
Is Anyone Home: Strategies to Reach Disconnected Parents to Impact Student Achievement and Social Development
“Mr. I’M POSSIBLE, 20/20 Enterprises, Fayetteville, GA
Change Age or Change Agent? Learning How to Transform Average to Extraordinary in 21st Century Youth
“National Coordinator, WATCH D.O.G.S.® (Dads of Great Students), Sprindale, AR
WATCH D.O.G.S.® (Dads of Great Students)
|Stephen R. Sroka, Ph.D
Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, Division of Adolescent Health, Case Western Reserve University, President, Health Education Consultants, Cleveland, OH
The Power of One to Reach and Teach Today’s Youth to Increase Student Achievement
The conference trains adults who serve youth to create safe, healthy, caring, and intellectually empowering educational environments that foster the well-being of all children and adolescents. In these presentations, participants learn about current research-based educational programs and strategies, which empower young people to overcome at-risk conditions that may threaten their safety, health, emotional needs, or academic achievement. Participants also gain knowledge of proactive solutions and best practices for meeting the serious challenges faced by many of our youth today such as school violence, poverty, learning difficulties, underachievement, achievement gaps, illiteracy, boredom, apathy, low expectations, misbehavior, dropout, drugs, bullying, gangs, teen pregnancy, sexual harassment, racism, and dysfunctional families. Furthermore, participants gain effective educational tools to build strong caring schools, communities, and families, which can meet the diverse needs of all our young people. Illustrative of the conference mission, the conference logo–consisting of three overlapping circles–represents the well-trained collaborative efforts of schools, families, and communities in fostering the well-being of our youth.
This Conference is Designed for all persons interested in the well-being of youth, included but not limited to:
- Teachers at all levels
- Principals and Assistant Principals
- School Counselors and Psychologists
- Health and Human Service Counselors and Personnel
- Criminal Justice Professionals
- Business and Community Leaders
- Volunteer Service Providers
- Marriage and Family Therapists
- Social Workers
|The Conference will:
- Examine attitudes and beliefs and learn that change and growth have unlimited possibilities.
- Gain an increased understanding of some specific actions that can make a difference in the life of a young person.
- Identify factors that contribute to high student achievement.
- Identify conditions that protect against risk factors and identify some strategies that foster resiliency in children at risk.
- Become acquainted with a sampling of prevention programs that are effective for certain populations and the strategies that work.
- Recognize opportunities for youth participation in planning, operating, and evaluating youth-focused programs and organizations