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Today's Agenda


OCTOBER 8, 2022
8:30 - 12:30 PM


8:30 - 9am   Registration, visit vendors, enter raffles

9 - 9:10 am  Get seated in auditorium

9:15             Keynote Speaker

10:15           1st Breakout Session

11:15           2nd Breakout Session

12:15           Final Comments, questions, raffle drawing

1st Breakout Session Options (10:15 - 11:00)

Asia Hawkins
Room 208

Transgenerational Wellness: For Your Family

Since wellness is not a destination but a journey, let's enjoy it! Join us in discussion on physical, mental, spiritual, emotional homeostasis; how it is different for individuals and can be obtained by all. With safety & openness, we can learn from each other and set ourselves up for total mind & body equilibrium.

2nd Breakout Session Options (11:15 - 12:00)
Andrea Tobis
Room 220

College Admissions 101

Many parents feel anxious about preparing their student for college. There are many things that you can do during 9th-11th grade to help ease this anxiety and feel more prepared. Timelines to help parents support their student in reaching their postsecondary goals will be shared during this presentation.

Tia Marie Sanders
Room 214

State of Black Education in Michigan and the Map to Navigate the Future

We will talk about the current post-covid 19 state of education for Black students K-12 and provide parents and caregivers with the resources to navigate the community landscape and ensure a successful outcome for children.

Andrea Jones
Room 224

10 Facts Teens Should Know About Credit
This presentation will go over the basic concepts of credit, including: types of credit, cost of credit, credit reports, protecting one's credit, how to earn credit, and credit scores.

Danielle Dwyer
Room 224

Identifying Anxious Symptoms and Supporting Your Children/Adolescents with Stress Management

The presentation will be organized in three parts. The first part will teach parents about common symptoms of anxiety in children and adolescents. Teaching about anxiety symptoms will be contextualized to real-life examples of behaviors parents may observe in their children/adolescents, from procrastinating homework to triple-checking about morning routines. The second part of the presentation will be a brief psychoeducation about what anxiety is and how it may be reinforced and reduced. The third part of the presentation will provide parents with evidence-based strategies to support their child/adolescent with stress management, no matter their age. The strategies will be parent-oriented and actionable.

Anne O'Rourke-Bean
Room 215

Adverse Childhood Experiences

GOAL 1. Model and practice the skills to articulate clearly:
» ACE research findings and implications.
» How ACEs impact brain development and function
» What community core protective systems capacity is, and how the development of community
capacity can help reduce ACEs in children.
GOAL 2. Understand the impact ACEs have on our own lives.
GOAL 3. Gain awareness and learn techniques for responding to emotional responses audiences with
respect, empathy and in a non- judgmental way.
GOAL 4. Develop approaches for creating safety necessary for trauma-sensitive learning environments.
GOAL 5. Ongoing peer and self-reflection on the boundaries of our own expertise and knowledge.

Anne O'Rourke-Bean
Room 215

Mindfulness for Children

Mindful awareness techniques can help children learn to pay closer attention to their thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Come and learn ways to help children reduce stress and anxiety to enhance their well-being. Explore what the research says, get ideas for mindfulness activities that explore mindfulness practices.

Patricia Marrs
Room 212

Screen Time

Learn appropriate ways to use technology with children and limitations

Carolina Garza Flores
Room 209

Signs and Symptoms of Child Abuse and Neglect

Sexual violence against children is so prevalent in the world that the statistics are staggering. 1 in 10 children will be sexually abused before the age of 18. Learn what makes children vulnerable to sexual abuse and how you can help prevent it.

Karla Truxall
Room 208

Building a Healthy You

Learn how to build a foundation that supports a healthy you (and your family) at home, at school, at work and at play. Using six key Building Blocks we will explain the foundation of mental health in a simple way that also reveal how we see the world around us and behave the way we do. You will leave with a colorful card set to help you remember and practice the six Building Blocks to Build a Healthy You.

Patricia Marrs
Room 212

Mathematics for Infant and Toddlers

Math is a part of our everyday life: learn how to support math for our youngest learners

Carolina Garza Flores
Room 209

Talking to Children about Body Safety

Learn strategies and techniques that empower children to develop a sense of bodily autonomy, enforce boundaries, and seek help when they need it. Includes many opportunities for questions and answers

Kandice Moss
Room 213

Using Creative Arts to Regulate Stress & Anxiety

This interactive workshop infuses the use of creative arts therapies (dance, art and music) to support relationships and ones mental health. Come discover the hidden gems within dance and art therapy modalities to acknowledge and support parent-child relationships.

Gwen Thomas
Room 220

Scholarship Searches

Ms. Thomas is the author of The Parents Smart Guide to Sending your Kids to College without Going Broke.  She has been an invited speaker to discuss academic and financial readiness in Honduras, Roatan, Trinidad, South Africa and Mexico. She conducted her paying for college programs in approximately 15 U.S. cities. She has helped students win $19.5 mill in scholarships. 

Thank you to our sponsors!

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