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“Helping Adults Serve Youth”

The National Youth-At-Risk Conference is designed to provide quality, relevant training for all people interested in the well-being of youth, including 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, and Social Workers.

This year, the conference celebrates 31 years of helping adults serve youth! 

Presentation materials from the 2019 conference can be found below:

2019 Presentation Materials   See the 2019 Program

We look forward to seeing you in 2020!


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2019 Keynote Speakers

Joe Hendershott at National Youth at Risk

Joe Hendershott

Reaching the Wounded Student

Sunday, March 3
6:00–8:30 p.m.

Joe Hendershott, Ed.D., is a sought-after speaker about the effects of trauma on learning and behaviors & working with wounded students™. As president of Hope 4 The Wounded, Inc., he also provides consulting, staff training, an online course, and has authored Reaching The Wounded Student and 7 Ways to Transform the Lives of Wounded Students.

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Dr. Yong Zhao at the 2019 National Youth-At-Risk Conference

Dr. Yong Zhao

Reach for Greatness: Personalizable Education for All Children

Monday, March 4
8:30–10:00 a.m.

Yong Zhao currently serves as a Foundations Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas and a Professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy, and Leadership at the University of Oregon. He has published over 100 articles and 30 books, including Reach for Greatness: Personalizable Education for All Children, Counting What Counts: Reframing Education Outcomes, and others.

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Dr. Pedro Noguera at National Youth At Risk

Pedro Noguera

Excellence Through Equity: Courageous Stories of Transforming Schools and Inspiring Student Achievement

Wednesday, March 6
8:00–9:15 a.m.

Pedro Noguera is the Distinguished Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA.  His research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions, as well as by demographic trends in local, regional and global contexts.

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Last updated: 6/7/2019