Saturday April 2, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM EDT

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Grappone Conference Center 
70 Constitution Drive
Concord, NH 03301

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Youth Conference Agenda


 Friday, April  1st

    Networking Dinner please



5:30-6:00          Pre-Registration

6:00-8:30          Dinner Event    


   Saturday, April 2nd

8:30-9:00          Registration

9:00-10:15        Welcome/Keynote

10:15-12:15     All group              

12:15-1:15       Lunch

1:15-2:25         Breakout 

2:35-3:45         Breakout 

3:45-4:00         Wrap-Up and Prizes


Partnering for Strength 2016

Youth Conference

Your Vision, Your Future: Creating the Life for You

The Parent Information Center, NH Family Voices and the YEAH Council are very excited to bring you the "Your Vision, Your Future: Creating the Life for You",  Youth Conference as part of the Partnering for Strength Conference at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, NH on April 1 and 2, 2016.  The youth sessions are planned by youth for youth!  If you are between ages 14-26 and have a disability/special health care need, please join us to learn more about taking charge of your life including sessions on home, doctors, and school.  There will be plenty of good food and time to socialize.  Come meet other young adults in NH!  Registration cost is $ 20 for youth with a disability/special health care need.    Included in your fee are; Saturday youth only breakouts along with a full lunch buffet and refreshments throughout the day.  There is also a Friday night dinner-networking event which requires pre-registration.


Friday night networking event! Join us for a complimentary dinner and discussion with  Kim Clementi Eadon, LMHC, ET  who will help us better understand stress vs having emotions and how to tell difference and what to do with both!    Pre-registration is required.

Saturday morning we will have Julie Bond Genovese, Youth Advocate as our keynote speaker. Julie will be sharing her ideas on how you can transform pain and pitfalls into peace and purpose.   

Friday evening registration starts at 5:30.  Saturday morning registration begins at 8:30 AM.  See the full agenda on the left hand column and below for breakout descriptions!  

Overnight accomodations are available at the Courtyard Marriott at a discounted rate. Please call the hotel at 603-225-0303 and mention you are attending the Partnerships for Strength Conference!

PIC, NHFV and YEAH is not responsible if a youth chooses to leave a session/conference or not attend a scheduled session.  Additionally, we cannot provide assistance with daily living needs.  If a Personal Care Assistant will be attending to assist a youth, please register them as a guest when registering.  PCA's attend at no charge.  Prior to the event, a staff member may contact the youth or their parent/guardian so that we can ensure presentations are meeting the needs of all attendees.


For more informaiton on the Youth Conference please call 603-271-8179 or 603-224-7005x111.

For more information on the Partnering for Strength Conference for families and professionals, please click here.

Friday Night Dinner Event- Pre-registration is required

Stress vs Having Emotions:  How to Tell the Difference and What to do with Both!  Kim Clementi Eadon, LMHC, ET

There are a lot of pressures that come with growing up and a lot of feelings that come with that. Often we feel "stressed out" or "overwhelmed" and don't know what to do.  The first step is to recognize the feelings that we are having.  Stressed is often a blanket term for a combination of feelings and lumping them together makes them more difficult to work with.  Join us as we learn different ways of emotion release and coping skills that may work in our day to day lives.

Saturday Youth Key Note Speaker - Julie Bond Genovese, Youth Advocate

Transforming Pain and Pitfalls into Peace and Purpose 

Growing up in our culture, we're bombarded with negative attitudes, labels and fears around our challenges.  It can feel like outer circumstances constantly limit our joy and potential.  Our greatest power, though, is in shifting our mindset and learning how to find the blessings in the brokenness.  As we grieve the nightmares in the past, we develop compassion, resilience, and the strength to rise up and take action.  We discover we have bright energy reserves and the ability to turn the tides.  As our determination and inner fire is unleashed, small changes build into bigger dreams.  Doors begin to open and opportunities present themselves because we energize joy, despite darkness and difficulties.  We become the inspiring change-makers for a world in need of hope and transformation.  

Saturday Morning Sessions  Come and learn how to create a vision in some important areas of your life.  We will hear from speakers in the fields of Special Education, Healthcare and Home Life, talking about your roles, your rights and how you can be fully informed to make the best decisions for positive outcomes in your life!  Before lunch, all youth will participate in two sessions. 

10:15 - 11:00  Vision Board Making - Karen Harvey-Olson, NH Family Voices  Together we will use images, photos, magazine pictures and craft supplies to creat vision boards.  A vision board is a poster where you display representations of what you would like to bring into, or have in your life.

 11:15 - 12:15   You Have Your Vision Board, Now What?" - Heidi Wyman, Strafford Learning Center  This session is about moving from vision to action.  Come learn about how your vision board can be used to turn your IEP or ISP into something that helps fulfill your vision!

Saturday Afternoon Sessions   After lunch, there are two options of sessions.  The In High School session is geared for youth still in high school.  The Out of High School session is geared for youth who have already finished high school.  Youth should register for the session that best describes their situation

In High School Sessions:

 1:15-2:25  - Self Advocacy Panel:  Your Voice is worth sharing!  Come hear stories from a panel of young adults with disabilities and/or special healthcare needs about their self- advocacy journey.  What would have helped you to learn to share your voice earlier, or what did help you?  

2:35-3:45 - Navigating the IEP: Mary Grillo, Parent Information Center and GAIN         Have you ever asked, "What's in my IEP and why is it so important?"  In this session, with the help of students from the GAIN Project at Hollis-Brookline High School, you will discover what the different sections of the IEP mean, why they are important, and most importantly, how YOU can participate in future IEP meetings. 

Out of High School Sessions:

 1:15 - 2:25 -  Navigating Disability Resources in your Community:  Come hear from a panel of experts about the different disabilty resources in your community including at some local colleges.  Supports and services are all around if you just know where and how to access them!

 2:35 - 3:45 -  The Importance of "Soft Skills" in Employment and Postsecondary Success:  Maureen O'Donnell, Granite State Independent Living.  This workshop will teach you what soft skills are highly valued by employers and are key to success in the workplace.  This workshop will help you identify the soft skills employers are looking for and prepare you for the workforce.  You will be given activities to practice the 6 most critical soft skills essential in getting and keepigng a job as well as in all aspects of life.