- Keynote Speaker: Father Gregory Boyle, S. J., Founder and Director of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, CA, the largest gang intervention program in the USA. Fr. Boyle has authored two bestselling books: Tattoos on the Heart and Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship. He and two of the Homeboys will relate their powerful experiences in addressing marginalization, gang violence and mental health conditions that often lead to hopelessness, violence and incarceration. Other presenters:
- J. Mike Glenn, MA, Educator at the Durham Nativity School, speaking on emotional, social, moral and intellectual support systems that address mental, social and physical scars in students from financially-challenged backgrounds;
- Jenn Taylor, LCSW, Therapist at Rebound, Alternatives For Youth in Durham, describing trauma-based therapy and interventions for underserved, at-risk students and programs that reduce out-of-school suspension as a response to student behavior; and
- Tom McQuiston, DrPH, Founder and Director of Reintegration Support Network in Carrboro, presenting initiatives to end the school-to-prison pipeline via community services for youth who are in recovery from substance use disorder or receiving services for mental health issues or court involvement.
Register here for the 2020 Conference.