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19th Annual YAR Conference

Join us for the 19th Annual Youth at Risk Conference, May 31 at Salem State University. Conference keynotes and expo will be held at Salem State's O'Keefe Complex. Featuring over 35 workshops, program exhibitions and networking opportunities, this event is a must for all those working with youth at risk.

Morning Keynote: Using Tech and Data to Rethink Permanency - Sixto Cancel, founder and CEO of Think of Us 

Sixto Cancel

  • Forbes Top 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs 
  • White House Champion of Change in Foster Care 
  • Top 24 under 24 Changemakers in Government

Sixto's lived experiences in foster care fuels his passion for shifting system policy and practice through the use of technology and data. As CEO of Think of Us, Sixto co-led the design and execution of the first ever White House Foster Care and Technology Hackathon, which resulted in new federal regulations, new funding for tech in foster care, six additional hackathons, local technology initiatives, and helped shift the national conversation about foster care and tech. Sixto has participated in over 25 convenings as a panelist, keynote or presenter. Sixto has served as a young fellow at Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative since 2010, where he has worked on youth engagement, asset development and permanency. thinkof-us.org 

Afternoon Keynote: Seven Ways to Feel Happier, Instantly! - Pamela Garramone, MEd

Pamela Garramone

Pam Garramone teaches Positive Psychology – the Science of Happiness to middle and high school students, teachers and corporate employees and is a Positive Psychology Life Coach and Founder of Thrive Now Boston – a happiness incubator. She’s been awarded the MSSAA Gerald H. Silverman Friend of the Association Award and the MIAA Wellness Partner of the Year Award.  When Pam realized that she wasn't all that happy, she decided to study how to be happier with Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar, a former Harvard University professor. Now, she practices and teaches happiness habits. pamgarramone.com

 

The YAR Exhibition Hall showcases nonprofit organizations and industry vendors that provide unique services and resources to those who serve and care for youth. To apply for a YAR Conference Exhibition table fill out the YAR 2019 Exhibition Hall Application.

 

The Diruhi Mattian Memorial Award honors the memory of extraordinary social worker Diruhi Mattian, who was tragically killed in 2008. The award was created in her name to recognize those who, like Diruhi, do outstanding work in the community for our youth.

Nominate a hero by February 28. 

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What is YAR?

What is YAR?

Download the 2018 Youth at Risk brochure

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 38 breakout sessions, 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.

For more information please contact yar@salemstate.edu or 978.542.2085

FAQs

Conference fee includes breakfast, lunch, networking opportunities, CEUs, two keynote speakers and two workshops.
 
2019 date will be available in September and registration will be open in April 2019. For updates, join our email list by emailing yar@salemstate.edu with your preferred address, phone and email.

The following CEUs were awarded in 2018:

CAFL, CPCS: 6
NASW: 5
LMFT: 5.5
LMHC: 6
EEC: .5
NLN: 4.83

Diruhi Award

Each year, the Youth at Risk (YAR) conference honors a special person who lives or works in Merrimack Valley or Essex County and 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.

Nominate a hero by February 28.

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
  • 2018 - Nancy Edman Earls, Director of the Newburyport Learning Enrichment Center (NLEC)

Jane Truesdell Ellis, Attorney 
Hailey MacDonald, Pathways for Children
Amy Ackroyd, Children's Friend and Family Services
Jennifer Adams-LeBlanc, Lahey Behavioral Health Services
Maria Avila, MA Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children/Eliot
Nicholas Bound, Department of Children & Families
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
Michelle Fyrer, Department of Children & Families
Staci Gergely, Salem Juvenile Court
Lyle Harrod, DanversCARES and Center for Childhood and Youth Studies, Salem State University
Lea Hill, DDS, NE Regional Autism Services
Jenney Dale Holland, Advancement Events, Salem State University
Kimberly Hutchins, Harborside Counseling, Private Practice and Consultation
Robert Lewis, Child Welfare Consultant
Kathy Moriconi, Lawrence Family Development
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) 

To join the committee, please contact yar@salemstate.edu.

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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The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation

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Margaret M. Collins Charitable Trust
Lahey Health

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YAR Endowment Fund of Essex County Community Foundation

Essex County Community Foundation ECCF

Benefactors

Dusky Fund at ECCF
Justice Resource Institute Inc.  
Merrimack College

Friends

Marblehead Bank

For more general information, please contact YAR@salemstate.edu or 978.542.2085.

History and Additional Information

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.

2018

Debby Irving, MBA, Racial Justice Educator and Writer, author of Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race

Brian Castellanos, MS, Motivational Speaker, Life Coach, Public Involvement Coordinator

2017

Kenneth V. Hardy, Drexel University, Eikenberg Institute for Relationships

Susan Cooper, LICSW

2016

Chris Herren, Former NBA Player, Addiction Recovery Advocate, The Herren Project

Leonard Campanello, former Chief of Police, Gloucester, MA, Gloucester Angel Program/Police Assisted Addiction Recovery Initiative (PAARI)

2015

Jeanine K. Fitzgerald, The Fitzgerald Institute of Lifelong Learning

FatherSpeak, Family Nurturing Center of Massachusetts

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Make a Gift to YAR

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! 

Make a gift to YAR.

 

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Accessibility and Accommodations

Salem State University is committed to equal access for students, staff and visitors, and encourages all to participate in its programs and activities. People who anticipate needing accommodations due to a disability, or who have questions about access, may contact disability services at access@salemstate.edu

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