Youth Work Leadership Summit

October 6-7, 2022

Cragun’s at Gull Lake

Keynote Presenters

Thursday, October 6th

Calming the Chaos: Building a Resilient Mindset at Home and at Work // Jen McDonough

In her roles as a motivational storyteller and engaging Amazon Top 100 author, Jen McDonough (aka The Iron Jen) works with high-stress organizations to cultivate resilient team members who can walk through any fire. Jen and her family are most known for paying off over $212,000 worth of debt and medical expenses in four years. Their story has been featured in local, national, and international media. She is also an 8-time national weightlifter, 2-time US Olympic Festival medal winner, and Minnesota Hall of Fame inductee as well as an Ironman triathlete and former volunteer firefighter. All three of Jen’s books have hit Amazon’s Top 100 categories including her book 5 Minutes a Day to Living Beyond Rich which hit #1 under Amazon’s budgeting category. Jen lives in Tower Minnesota with her four awesome kids, one handsome husband, three naughty dogs and one ugly mortgage. You can find more out about Jen at www.TheIronJen.com.

The Seven Grandfather Teachings: understanding culture to better support indigenous youth with Gary Charwood

Young people from indigenous communities are nurtured and developed by the Seven Grandfather Teachings. Understanding these teachings is foundational to being able to connect with and support indigenous youth. Gary Charwood is dedicated to supporting youth in his multiple leadership roles, and as a leader in the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. During this session Gary will invite participants to learn about the teachings, practices and culture that are part of who indigenous youth are – so that we as youth workers can support youth in naming culture as part of their healing, growth and future.

Friday, October 7th

Now What?: Taking the YOU Back to your Personal and Professional Lives // Donna Pawlowski, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Sociology and Communication Studies Bemidji State University. Dr. Donna Pawlowski grew up on a farm in Northwest Minnesota, where family values and work ethics were instilled at a young age. She attended the University of North Dakota, where she received a B.S.Ed. in Secondary Education and a Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies. Donna continued her education with a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Upon graduation, she taught at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, for 19 years before joining Bemidji State University in 2013. She is currently a Professor of Communication Studies and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Communication Studies, Co-Director of the Center for Professional Development, and the Academic Service-Learning Faculty

Youth Work Leadership Summit Agenda

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6

9:00 – 9:30: Registration and Continental Breakfast (Sports Centre)

9:30 – 11:15: Opening Keynote with Jen McDonough: Calming the Chaos: Building a Resilient Mindset at Home and Work (Sports Centre)

11:15 – 11:30: Awards Ceremony (Sports Centre)

11:45 – 12:30: Lunch (The Lodge Dining Room)

12:45 – 2:15: Culture as Healing: building understandings to support Indigenous youth and families--Gary Charwood, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, chairperson for the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee (Sports Centre)

2:30 – 3:30: Breakout Session Period A (Lakeshore rooms)

3:45 – 4:45: Breakout Session Period B (Lakeshore rooms)

5:00 – 6:30: Bean Bag Toss Tournament (Sports Centre)

6:30 – 7:30: Dinner (The Lodge Dining Room)

7:45 until ?: Karaoke (Bear Trap) and S’mores by Bonfire (North Log Pit)

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7

7:00 – 8:45: Breakfast (The Lodge Dining Room)

9:00 – 10:00: Breakout Session Period C (Lakeshore rooms)

10:15 – 11:15: Breakout Session Period D (Lakeshore rooms)

11:30 – 12:30: Closing Keynote with Donna Pawlowski, PhD (Sports Centre)

12:30 – 1:15: Lunch (The Lodge Dining Room)

Breakout Sessions:

Thursday, October 6th

2:30 – 3:30: Breakout Session Period A (Lakeshore rooms)

  • Building Resilience Part 1 of 2: What do kids need to overcome trauma? — Dr. Dean Grace // Northwood Children’s Services

  • Connecting mind and body to improve professional resilience — Kate Rickord // Quality Parenting Initiative-MN (QPI-MN)

  • Opportunities & Obstacles in Introducing Juvenile Mental Health Training to Detention Center Staff — Randy Perkins // White Earth Tribal College

  • Part 1 of 2: Scarred Souls: Understanding Raced-Based Trauma — Brandon Jones // MN Association for Children’s Mental Health

  • Understanding — Dick Wolleat // Northwood Children’s Services

3:45 – 4:45: Breakout Session Period B (Lakeshore rooms)

  • Building Resilience Part 2 of 2: How to Correct Misbehavior — Dr. Dean Grace // Northwood Children’s Services

  • Integrating Quality Parenting Initiative-MN Principles into Practice — Brë McMullen & Carmella Hines // Quality Parenting Initiative-MN

  • Part 2 of 2: Scarred Souls: Understanding Raced-Based Trauma — Brandon Jones // MN Association for Children’s Mental Health

  • Part 1 of 2: Trauma-Informed Care—What is it really anyway? — Elizabeth Williams & Nick DeChene // Nexus – Mille Lacs

Friday, October 7th

9:00 – 10:00: Breakout Session Period C (Lakeshore rooms)

  • Enriching Youth Through Art: How Anyone Can Run An Art Program — Maya J Mason // Anoka County Non-Secure Program

  • Increasing awareness of youth at risk of sexual exploitation — Dana Dorn // Clinicare

  • Part 1 of 2: Supporting trans and gender non-conforming youth — Enzi Tanner // Community Organizer

  • Part 2 of 2: Trauma-Informed Care—What is it really anyway? — Elizabeth Williams & Nick DeChene // Nexus – Mille Lacs

  • “What Do You Know About Me? – Understanding How We Form Culture” — Kelli Marlow // Northwood Children's Service

10:15 – 11:15: Breakout Session Period D (Lakeshore rooms)

  • Retention of Staff Through Teambuilding — Denise Dallas & Shon Morin // Nexus Mille Lacs

  • What Do You Know About Me? – Understanding How We Form Culture” — Kelli Marlow // Northwood Children's Services

11:30 – 12:30: Breakout Session Period E (Lakeshore rooms)

  • Engagement & Empowerment: Family Engagement — Melissa Dau // MN Department of Health

  • Myers-Briggs: How do learning styles frame our work? — Larry Paraji // Northwood Children’s Services

  • Part 2 of 2: Supporting trans and gender non-conforming youth — Enzi Tanner // Community Organizer

  • There are no perfect group workers — Hannah Barnes // North Homes Children and Family Service

Youth Work Leadership Summit

October 6-7, 2022

Cragun’s at Gull Lake

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