Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Sponsored by Mecklenburg County DSS/YFS and Congregation for Kids
with the goal of Reunification, Guardianship, APPLA, and Adoption
Date and Time:
Central Piedmont Community College-Harris Campus
3210 CPCC Harris Campus Road, Charlotte NC 28208
Meet 2019's Youth Ambassador and learn about the Youth Summit
Derek Clark: Promo for Youth Summit 2019
"Never Limit Your Life"
Presenter: Derek Clark
Closing Remarks & Door Prizes
Meet Melinda Medina
"Against The Odds."
Come take a journey through one former foster youth's unyielding determination and true resiliency on her path to success.
Meet Morris Morrison
"Fearless & Focused-Child Welfare 2.0 Program."
This workshop will inspire our youth to live fearlessly, he will help care-givers refocus their impact, and help child welfare professionals & administrators leave reenergized. This program will touch the hearts of audiences with a consistent message that will help everyone stay on the same page, so that all children and families in the child welfare system can enjoy a better experience.
Meet Willie Moore Jr
"You Are Not a Mistake."
This workshop is specifically designed for youth ages 12-17 years old who have been, or are going through, challenges regarding being in foster care. You are not a mistake! Nobody knows the identity crisis that sometimes goes on within a child in foster care or an adopted child. We will clearly define why our lives matter and why we are an elite group of children and not "second class." This message will inspire and be a lesson of resilience where you can redefine your identity. Willie Moore Jr. is going to "Keep It 100" Flat Out!
This informative panel will offer youth the opportunity to hear firsthand accounts of the experiences of former foster youth who achieved permanency with the help of supportive adults, either through aging out of care or adoption. The panelists will share the insights, triumphs, and struggles encountered in their journey to adulthood and provide the audience with practical information to aid in their own journey to permanence and beyond. Youth will also have the opportunity to participate in a question and answer session, all designed to educate and empower them as they continue to navigate their own individual process of levelling up to achieve a bright, fulfilling future.
The Adult Speakers/Workshops are for the adults accompanying the youth to the conference.
"You cannot think negative thoughts about a youth and expect them to live a positive life."
Derek takes you down his road of hate, anger, mistrust in adults, violent tendencies, rejection, lack of love, child abuse and the memories that haunted his life. He believes that by changing the way you look at a youth, you can significantly impact their life. Your actions will speak louder than your words.
Derek provides insight and specific tools that will assist professionals and parents in connecting with vulnerable and grieving youth. Professionals will gain understanding and knowledge about childhood responses to traumatic experiences, how to ask questions that build trust and shape futures. Every professional working with challenging youth has a purpose; to build a relationship of trust, to help them to reclaim their dignity and self-value, and to know that their past mistakes do not have to infect their future.
Consequences don't change youth, relationships change youth. He shares with you how to commit and build upon your strengths when encouraging youth to have hope and the belief that their best days are still ahead of them.
Afternoon Adult Speaker
"Level Up and Boost Your Credit Score."
Boost Your Credit Score is part of a program series we call Empower U. The Empower U program was designed by the financial experts at Fifth Third Bank with the employees of our valued partners in mind. The Empower U program is designed to provide you with financial information that will empower you to achieve your goals and realize financial independence. Additionally, the class will provide you with an understanding of how your credit works and how to boost your credit score.
Meet Fly Ty
Health Alert: To prevent spread of COVID-19, County services are operating at a limited capacity.