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Do you like what the Youth at Risk program has provided and continues to offer? If so, help us to continue to provide this conference to the Youth at Risk community and expand into an even bigger, year-round program that supports communities of professionals serving children, youth, and families. Through your donations, we can make this possible! Visit the YAR crowdfunding page to pledge your support.

 

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YAR 2018 will be held on Friday, June 8th

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YAR 2018 will be held at the O'Keefe Athletic Complex

Youth at Risk (YAR) conference is the region’s only annual all-day conference for professionals who work with at-risk youth. The event features over 30, as well as keynote speakers, program exhibitions and networking opportunities. Continuing education credits are awarded in the following: EEC, CAFL, LMFT, LMHC, NASW, NLN. 

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.

Agenda and registration information will be available in April 2018. For more information please contact yar@salemstate.edu or 978.542.2085

Learn more about getting to the O'Keefe Complex.

Learn more about the conference

  • History and Who Should Attend

    The Essex County Community Foundation established the YAR conference in 2000 as a response to the need for increased collaboration and coordination among the many providers of services to at-risk youth in and around Essex County. As of 2015, Salem State has taken over the program and pledges to carry on the YAR mission of trainings and outreach. The conference remains 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. 

    The 17th annual Youth at Risk (YAR) conference is the region’s only annual all-day conference for professionals who work with at-risk youth. The event will feature over 20 morning workshops and a variety of afternoon breakout sessions, as well as keynote speakers, program exhibitions and networking opportunities.

    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.

    CEU, agenda and registration information will be available shortly.

  • 2018 Youth At Risk Committee

    Jane Truesdell Ellis, Attorney 
    Hailey MacDonald, Pathways for Children
    Jennifer Adams-LeBlanc, Lahey Behavioral Health Services 
    Maria Avila, MA Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
    Nicholas Bound, Department of Youth Services
    Christine Biscardi, Juvenile Probation Officer, (retired)
    Linnea Burrill, Department of Children & Families
    Claire Crane, Center for Community Schools, Salem State University
    Missey Donohoe, Lahey Health Behavioral Services
    Taylor Dunn, Advancement Events, Salem State University
    Nancy Ebersole, School of Nursing, Salem State University
    Michelle Fyrer, Department of Children & Families
    Staci Gergely, Salem Juvenile Court
    Lyle Harrod, DanversCARES and SSU Center for Childhood and Youth Studies
    Lea Hill, DDS, NE Regional Autism Services
    Jenney Dale Holland, Advancement Events, Salem State University
    Kimberly Hutchins, Psychotherapist & Clinical Consultant
    Robert Lewis, Child Welfare Consultant
    Barbara Richards, Department of Youth Services 
    Linda Richards, Department of Mental Health
    Fran Rosenberg, Northshore Education Consortium
    Christine Shaw, Merrimack College 
    Claire Valentin, Children's Law Center of Massachusetts
    Karen Wilk, Educational Clinical Consultant 
    Jacqui Williams, Department of Public Health, (retired) 

  • Youth At Risk Sponsors

    As a Sponsor of YAR, you will align yourself with thousands of working professionals in northeast Massachusetts. It is an exclusive opportunity to support their important work and reach a wide range of community members. To learn more about our sponsorship packages, please contact Taylor Dunn at tdunn@salemstate.edu or at 978.542.7560.

    Thank you to our sponsors:

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    Tower Foundation logo

    The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation

    Presidential 
     

    EBSCO logo

    EBSCO 

     

    Lahey Health logo

    Lahey Health

     

    Margaret M. Collins Charitable Trust

    Edward S. and Winifred G. Moseley foundation 

     

    Essex County Community Foundation ECCF

    YAR Endowment Fund of Essex County Community Foundation

    Benefactors
    Belinda Fund of The Boston Foundation
    East Boston Savings Bank
    Merrimack College
    Salem Five Charitable Foundation
    Shawmut Communications Group

    For more general information, please contact

    YAR@salemstate.edu or 978.542.2085.

  • Registration and CEUs

    Registration for the 2018 conference will be $100 per person and will include breakfast, lunch, networking opportunities, CEUs, two keynote speakers and two workshops. Registration will be open in April.
    The following CEUs were awarded in 2017. We hope to offer the same CEUs again in 2018. Please check back for updates.
    0.5 EEC
    6 CAFL
    5 LMFT
    4.75 LMHC
    5 NASW
    4.8 NLN

  • Diruhi Mattian Memorial Award

    Diruhi Award

    Each year, the Youth at Risk (YAR) conference honors a special person who has made an outstanding contribution in supporting youth at risk. The Diruhi Mattian Memorial Award honors the memory of an extraordinary social worker who was tragically killed in 2008. Diruhi was dedicated to her profession and always wanted to make a difference in the lives of young people over and over again. The award was created in her name to recognize those who, like Diruhi, do outstanding work in the community for our youth.

    Nominations are open for the 2018 Diruhi Mattian Memorial Award.  

     

    Previous Award Winners

    • 2010 - Mike Duda, YAR Founder and Pastor of First Church in Wenham
    • 2011 - Kelly O’Connor, Director of the Gregg Neighborhood House Afterschool Program 2012 - H. Bud Kelly, a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
    • 2013 - Mark Libon, V.P. of Community Based services for Lahey Health Systems
    • 2014 - Donna Coe, Nurse Practitioner at Lynn Community Health Center
    • 2015 - Patrick Foley, Program Director for the Adolescent STARR program 
               - Fred Mathieu, Director of Kids Club program at Washington Street Baptist Church
    • 2016 – Carol Ireland, VIP Team Advisor, Haverhill High School
    • 2017 - Deb A. Morrison, MSW, LICSW, Kevin O'Grady School at North Shore Consortium in Beverly
  • Exhibition Hall (Expo)

    The expo showcases nonprofit organizations and industry vendors that provide unique services and resources to those who serve and care for youth. Space is limited. Fill out the YAR 2018 Exhibition Hall application online.

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