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Saturday, February 29


Helping Youth Who Have Experienced Trauma
Whether you know it or not, many youth in your afterschool programs have in the past or are currently experiencing some kind of trauma. It could be domestic violence or abuse at home, death or incarceration of a parent, or poverty and homelessness. Sometimes, we don't realize that many behavioral issues and choices kids make are a direct result of the trauma they've faced earlier in life. In this presentation, we will discuss both the causes and effects trauma has on youth, as well as how to deal with them in a trauma-informed way.


Brent Hinsley

Child Advocate and Prevention Specialist, YCC Family Crisis Center
Brent Hinsley has worked with kids and teens for over 20 years in churches, homeless shelters, and especially with those who have been exposed to domestic violence. He has vast experience and training in dealing with and bringing healing to youth who have faced massive emotional and... Read More →

Saturday February 29, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am
Room 1080


Improving Outcomes through Motivational Interviewing
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a collaborative approach to evoking change talk from students to create internal motivation for positive change. MI processes can be used by teachers, administrators, counselors, or any other staff to help students overcome ambivalence when making needed changes. This session will provide an overview of Motivational Interviewing and provide opportunities to practice some of the MI processes.

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Stephanie Patton

Adult Education Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Stephanie graduated from Brigham Young University in Business Management with an emphasis in Finance. She later returned to school to earn a Master’s in Professional School Counseling from USU. Her career has focused on working with at-risk populations. These experiences include... Read More →

Saturday February 29, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 1018


Making the Connection Between Art and Social-Emotional Learning
This session will begin to touch on the vast effects that arts programming can have on our youth's well-being, communication skills, and ability to self-regulate emotions. Front line staff will be encouraged to think outside the box when it comes to utilizing the arts as a valuable tool in planning, behavior management, and connecting with youth! We will also discuss how to utilize basic therapeutic art techniques to promote Social and Emotional learning, and how add these tips and tricks to your Afterschool tool box.

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Taylor Grzeskiewicz

Center Coordinator, Promise South Salt Lake
Taylor Grzeskiewicz is currently the Promise South Salt Lake Center Coordinator for the Historic Scott School Arts and Community Center and the Commonwealth Performing Arts and Youth Entrepreneurial Center. She has worked in the Afterschool field for seven years, combining her passion... Read More →
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Tori Smith

Center Coordinator, Promise South Salt Lake
Tori Smith is currently the Promise South Salt Lake Center Coordinator for Roosevelt Elementary and the Meadowbrooke STEM Center. She has worked with youth in various capacities for over four years, most recently focusing on cultivating collaborative high quality planning on a organization... Read More →

Saturday February 29, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 1022


All Are Welcome: Strategies for Creating Trauma-Informed and Inclusive Classrooms
The first step for creating a positive environment is making sure all youth feel safe and welcomed. We talk a lot about the importance of having trauma-informed and inclusive programs, but what does that look like? In this session, participants will learn the 6 components of a trauma-informed approach, reflect on what it means to have a trauma-informed and inclusive classroom, and develop concrete ways to practice inclusive and trauma-informed programming. Participants will walk away with inclusive and trauma-informed language, examples of how to empower and support their youth, and solutions of how to overcome barriers to creating a safe and inclusive classroom.


Ocean Candler

Community Educator, Planned Parenthood Association of Utah
Ocean Candler has been involved with Planned Parenthood for the last seven years, recently moving into a position as a Community Educator. She has a passion for providing inclusive and empowering sexual health education to youth and adults throughout Utah. Ocean earned a BS in Public... Read More →

Halima Noor

Community Educator, Planned Parenthood Association of Utah
Halima Noor is a Community Health Educator who gives youth and adults tools to express themselves, take action and respect diverse opinions when facilitating comprehensive sex education. She has been on the Planned Parenthood Association of Utah education team for a year now. Previous... Read More →

Saturday February 29, 2020 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Room 1080