Location: Bayou City Event Center, 9401 Knight Road, Houston TX 77045
Resource Fair: June 9, 2015, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Conference: June 10, 2015, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Registration: Will be open in early April. Check back for updates
Who should attend? Parents, youth, caregivers and other family members • Advocates • Mental health service providers • Local service providers for children and youth • Faith-based community members and volunteers • Health care providers • Schoolteachers, counselors and staff • Nonprofit social service organizations • Policy makers • Foundations • Residential treatment centers • Afterschool program staff
Contact: Vicky Coffee-Fletcher
Young Minds Matter II is a free, two-day seminar for people who care about the mental health of youth and their families. Like the previous Young Minds Matter seminar, this year’s seminar focuses on transition-age youth, young adults between the ages of 14 and 24. YMMII builds upon the previous seminar in providing opportunities for education, engagement and collaboration among transition-age youth and their familes (TAYF), caregivers and providers.
The transitional period from youth to adulthood, school to employment, dependence to independence can be stressful and troublesome for all young adults. This transitional time can be particularly difficult for youth living with mental health conditions and their families. The theme for this year’s event, “Stop, Look and Listen!” highlights the fundamental importance of listening to TAYF and empowering the youth voice.
Above all, we want to give young people a voice and a platform. There will be fun and engaging activities that will generate enthusiasm as well as involve youth as full participants in the conference experience.
The event consists of a Resource Fair on June 9, and the training event on June 10. The Resource Fair will offer an evening of fun activities to help raise awareness of the resources available to promote the health and wellness of TAYF. There will be food, music and drawings for prizes. The Resource Fair will also offer free exhibitor space for organizations to share information with TAYF. Exhibitors may include; local colleges and universities, counseling agencies, housing representatives, legal rights organizations, advocacy groups, faith-based organizations, employment programs, health organizations and others. To reserve your space, please complete this reservation form.
The June 10th training event will offer a full day of engaging sessions focusing on the development of skills necessary to Stop, Look and Listen to the voice of youth and their caregivers.
Both days are free and include continuing education units (CEU) for select professionals and a complimentary breakfast and lunch for the training event on June 10. Space is limited and online registration is required.
- Have the opportunity to engage with transition-age youth and their families.
- Receive quality training to enhance their knowledge about transition-age youth and their families.
- Hear from youth, parents and service providers about strategies for successfully transitioning to adulthood.
- Network with key stakeholders interested in assisting youth in Houston, Harris County and across Texas.