Adult Allies Summit

Welcome to the 6th annual Ohio Youth-Led Prevention Network Adult Allies Summit!

Youth leaders today are bright, hardworking, and full of passion. They’re working to improve their homes, schools, and communities. As adult allies, it’s our job to support them. Adult allies are crucial to the success of youth-led prevention. They educate young people in evidence-based strategies for prevention, empower them to create change in their communities, and advocate on behalf of them with school and community leaders.

Prevention Action Alliance, in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University, is proud to bring you the Ohio Adult Allies Summit.

TIC: The Impact of Trauma

By Bobbi Beale

Bobbi will discuss the impact trauma can have. This session introduces how brain research has informed our understanding of the impact of trauma in the last three decades. We’ll use the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Studies to review how pervasive trauma is in our communities. Then, we’ll address the overwhelming factor of poverty. We’ll review fight, flight and freeze; typical stress response patterns; and learn how these responses get hardwired into neural pathways. We’ll explore common, challenging trauma responses and ways to make our interactions more supportive and effective. Finally, we’ll wrap up with some practical strategies for trauma-informed care and to manage crises.

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Evidence-Based Strategies in Building Resiliency in Youth and Communities

By Dr. Keith King

This dynamic and interactive presentation will provide participants with information regarding evidence-based strategies in building resiliency in youth and communities. The overall aim of this presentation is to ensure that participants more thoroughly understand factors associated with resiliency building and how youth-led efforts can be utilized to foster resiliency within schools, peer groups, and communities. All information is based on a comprehensive review of the professional literature. Attending this session will give you a better understanding of resiliency and getting youth involved in healthy behaviors. You’ll learn to identify evidence-based strategies for building resiliency in youth and in communities. And you’ll discuss the importance of adult allies in assisting youth to build community.

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Understanding Suicide Risk among Young People & Empowering Them to Become Suicide Prevention Advocates

By John Ackerman

This session will discuss programs that increase awareness and skills around emotional wellness and suicide prevention. We will highlight the scope of the youth suicide problem and core elements of programs that reduce suicide risk to orient attendees to information needed to prioritize this topic. Additionally, practical steps to identify and support young people in distress will be addressed. Attendees will learn novel ways to empower youth leaders to build a culture of mental health, take on projects that are consistent with what we know works in reducing mental health stigma, and have responsible and engaging conversation around suicide prevention.

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