This workshop is designed to prepare professionals who work with youth. Participants will learn strategies to engage youth in conversations about exploring personal feelings related to bullying, substance abuse, sexuality, family dynamics, race and peer pressure. The workshop will provide a better understanding of our youth today by covering some of the social networks and popular teen figures that have continued to make a huge impact on our younger generation such as: social networks text messaging, MySpace, Facebook, and YouTube. This conference will address these issues and more in regards to understanding youth culture. CEU’s available and IAODAPCA applied.

David C. Miller is the architect of the “Dare to Be King Project” a community-based intervention program that addresses anger and decision making among African American males ages 12-17. The project features seminars, workshops and a comprehensive curriculum designed to empower African American males as well as motivate and inspire the professionals who work with them. The “Dare to Be King Project” uses a Rites of Passage framework to address many of the complex social issues that confront African American males in society by providing practical alternatives to community violence, substance abuse and delinquency etc.

David C. Miller is also the author of several books, which include Growing Up In a Notorious World (2002); Dare To Be King: What If the Prince Lives? - a Survival Workbook for African American Males (2003, 2004 & 2007); Lessons I Learned from My Father: A Collection of Quotes from Men of African Descent (2004); Dare To Be Queen: Wholistic Curriculum for Working with Girls (2005) and Rhyme & Reason - a Hip Hop Curriculum for professionals who work with teens (2005); Daddy’s Girl: Remembering Advice From My Father (2006) and Where’s Mommy & Daddy?: A Workbook for Facilitating Groups with Youth Who Have a Parent in Prison (2007).

YAAPC is committed to providing cutting edge strategies in working with teens on these issues: Violence/Gang Prevention, Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Prevention, and Teenage Pregnancy Prevention.
(YAAPC) Youth Alcohol Abuse Prevention Coalition members are: Winnebago County Health Department, Rockford School District 205, Rosecrance, Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department, YMCA Black & Hispanic Achievers, City of Rockford-Drug Free Program and the Rockford Park District.

Registration for this workshop is $40.00 if purchased before March 1, 2011 and $45 after that date. Lunch will be provided. For more information or to make a reservation, contact the Winnebago County Health Department’s Violence Prevention Coordinator, Oliver Reed, at 815-720-4273.