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Caring for New England’s Young People: 14th Annual Youth At Risk Conference a Success

Caring for New England’s Young People: 14th YAR Conference
press release
Monday, May 19, 2014

Danvers, MA—From school safety, suicide prevention, and human trafficking to digital communication, mental health, and family support, the workshop topics in this year’s Youth At Risk conference reflect the many challenges and issues facing today’s young people—and those who help them.

Established in 2000, Youth At Risk (YAR) began in response to the need for collaboration and coordination among the various service providers for at-risk youth in and around Essex County. A program of the Essex County Community Foundation, the YAR conference now draws almost 800 individuals working with, and caring for, youth in multiple settings—family, community, school, religious, healthcare, human service, recreational and legal.

The 2014 YAR will take place Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 8:00am - 3:30pm at Endicott College in Beverly, MA. The event includes breakfast, breakout workshops addressing 25 different topics, lunch, keynote speakers and networking. Credentialing is offered.

“The YAR conference is an amazing opportunity to tap the wealth of expertise in Essex County on the topic of youth at risk,” said Julie Bishop, vice president of grants and services at ECCF. “Each year, it continues to be a much anticipated, one-of-a-kind event for those doing the crucial work of helping our most vulnerable young people.”

YAR gathers a range of professionals—such as social workers, psychologists, family therapists, educators, guidance counselors, agency CEO’s, police officers, juvenile court personnel and volunteers—interested in learning best practices for at risk youth.

This year’s keynote speakers features Dr. Nancy Rappaport, associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, whose talk is entitled, “From Child Trauma to Childhood Strength.” Dr. Jefferson Prince, director of child psychiatry for MassGeneral for Children at North Shore Medical Center, will offer a second keynote entitled, “Differential Diagnosis and When to Medicate.”

“It’s critical that we address the tough issues confronting our young people everyday,” said Jane Truesdell Ellis, attorney and chair of the YAR conference committee. “YAR exists for that reason. Between the collaborations of youth service providers and the workshops and resources YAR offers, our goal has always been to strengthen and equip those doing the difficult yet rewarding work of caring for the next generation.”

For more information or to register, please visit www.eccf.org/YAR14.

Jo Kadlecek, Director of Communication
Essex County Community Foundation
978.777.8876; j.kadlecek@eccf.org

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