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Youth at Risk Conference

Youth at Risk Conference

Thanks to all who made the 2014 YAR conference a success! We're already planning for next year and look forward to seeing you then, if not before. In the meantime, check out our summer intern's blog post on her first YAR conference. We've also posted photos of the conference on our Facebook page. 

Keep up the good work!


2015 Youth at Risk
Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 8:00am - 3:30pm

Please submit your nomination for the Diruhi Mattian Award to honor a special person doing exemplery work with youth at risk! Deadline for submissions in February 23rd. 
Nominate here!

Youth at Risk (YAR) is an annual all-day conference for youth service providers, featuring keynote speakers, over 20 workshops in morning and afternoon breakout sessions, program exhibitions and networking opportunities.

About YAR

The Youth at Risk Conference was established in 2000 in response to the need for collaboration and coordination among the many providers of services to at-risk youth in and around Essex County.

For the past 14 years, Youth at Risk has worked to advance greater sharing and collaboration among youth service providers by way of training workshops on youth issues and by increasing awareness of existing resources.

The Conference is an amazing opportunity to tap the wealth of expertise in Essex County on the topic of youth at risk. It continues to be a one-of-a-kind and most anticipated annual event.

Who Should Attend

The YAR Conference is geared toward individuals working with and caring for youth in a variety of settings—family, community, school, religious, healthcare, human service, recreational and legal. Attendees include social workers, psychologists, youth counselors, family therapists, educators, school adjustment counselors, guidance counselors, community and public health workers, program managers, agency and organization CEO's, police officers, juvenile court personnel, lawyers and volunteers.

Day of Conference

The day includes continental breakfast, morning and afternoon breakout workshop periods on over 20 different topics, lunch, keynote speakers and peer networking. Credentialing is offered.

Diruhi Mattian Memorial Award

In memory of Diruhi Mattian, a social worker who was tragically killed in 2008, the YAR Conference Committee honors a special person each year who has made an outstanding contribution to the work of caring for and supporting at-risk youth. Learn more and submit a nomination.


Nonprofit organizations and businesses are invited to set up an exhibit at the Conference. Learn more.