LATO Conference IV
This year’s conference will focus on increasing the public’s awareness of how homelessness among our young people makes them vulnerable to experiences that lead to trauma. Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) and other forms of trauma can affect the course of their lives.
Emphasis will be placed on addressing the needs of this vulnerable population to feel valued, seen, and cared for by the community and society at large.
The conference will explore what is being done, and can be done, to support young people who have been placed in foster care, who are aging out of the foster care system, and who live in residential facilities, shelters and other temporary living situations.
The morning program will be devoted to an audience of teens and young people. Interactive youth activities will be used to inspire and empower the young attendees. They also will learn how they can participate in LATO’s Public Service Announcement (PSA) contest whose winners will receive cash prizes and other sought-after awards.
The afternoon program will include presentations by a panel of experts, featuring trauma specialists, mental health practitioners, community advocates, and youth leaders who are actively addressing the impact of homelessness on young people. Professionals, college students and interested citizens will find the presentations’ content useful for when they are working with homeless youth, attempting to identify available resources to support them, and striving to understand what the helpers can do to make a difference in a young person’s journey.
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Who will benefit from this conference?
High School Students who are coping with an unstable living situation and who would benefit from a program that is specifically designed to support their wellbeing and inspire them.
School Counselors and Teachers who are aware of students experiencing homelessness or coping with an uncertain living situation and would like to learn about ways to support the student’s effort to maintain their academic performance.
Teachers looking for ways to support and accommodate the child who is transitioning from their home to a foster care situation and whose ability to cope with routine stress at school is being affected.
Psychology and Social Work students interested in understanding the long term impact on emotional health when homelessness is a primary factor in a young person’s history.
High School Students interested in working with others to combat sex trafficking.
Social Workers, Counselors, Mental Health Professionals and Graduate Students interacting with At-Risk teens and their families.
Community Advocates pleading on behalf of children and adolescents who have been affected by trauma stemming from the circumstances of being homeless.
Students pursuing a degree in Nursing.
Foster Care Parents and Parents adopting children who would like to better understand how they can support the child that has experienced homelessness.
TRAUMA – PIR TM
Prevention. Intervention. Recovery.