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Friday, November 1

11:00am MDT

CANCELLED: Finding Balance and Clarity with Mindfulness
Many organizations are incorporating mindfulness training into their professional learning programs. Why? Because research is showing that the simple technique of mindfulness can have amazing results for individuals including: stress reduction, improvements in job satisfaction, emotional regulation, and better focus. Since children reflect the nervous system of the adults around them, mindfulness is an excellent practice for afterschool professionals. Educators find that as they practice techniques to become more mindful, they see improved emotional regulation, focus, and engagement among their students. In this workshop, attendees will be introduced to various mindfulness practices including sitting and walking meditations, body scan, mindful inquiry and communication exercises, and gentle yoga to support a personal and team mindfulness practice. Join us and experience the power of mindfulness.


Edith Sage

Mindfulness Teacher, Mindfulness for Educators
Edith is the former Director of BEACON Afterschool program in Moab, Utah is very familiar with the many challenges of running and working for a high quality afterschool program. Prior to her work with BEACON, she worked with a variety of non-profit organizations as a fundraiser, and... Read More →

Friday November 1, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm MDT
Meeting Room 202

1:30pm MDT

SafeUT, the crisis chat and school safety tip line app, has been around for 3 years, yet we still come across people who don't know about the resource. With it being free, confidential, and available 24/7 and 365, we want every student, parent, and educator to understand that we are here for them in any situation. For afterschool staff, students, and families, this resource is invaluable. We will dive into the history of SafeUT, the successes that we have seen, how it functions, what users can do on the app, and how this can benefit the afterschool community. Attendees will walk away from the presentation with a deep knowledge of the app and how they can let their students and their families know that this resource is available for them.


Marnie Saunders

Project Facilitator, SafeUT
Marnie Saunders is a Project Facilitator for SafeUT. She has 18 years of experience in behavioral health and early childhood education. Marnie loves working for SafeUT because she enjoys spreading the word about this amazing resource and is passionate about suicide prevention. When... Read More →

Friday November 1, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm MDT
Ballroom 2

2:45pm MDT

Eating Disorders: A Basic Overview
This session will provide an overview of eating disorder behaviors, warning signs, risk factors, and support available. We will explore the myths of dieting and the way media and other factors can influence our views of self and others. Participants will be able to identify the warning signs and risk factors of eating disorders, the 10 principles of Intuitive Eating, and understand how media and other factors influence body image perspectives.


Tori Harrington

Program Director, Center for Change
Tori Harrington attended Brigham Young University where she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development. She then went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling at the University of Phoenix. Tori’s previous experience of working... Read More →

Friday November 1, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm MDT
Meeting Room 201

2:45pm MDT

Powering Potential
Did you know that in Utah 1 out of 10 students didn’t graduate in 2018? Are your youth at risk of becoming a number in this sad statistic? Youth faced with challenges like lack of motivation, family issues, and daily stressors can lead to dropout. In this session you will learn skills so you can help youth tackle challenges, become life long learners, and power their potential!

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Kristen Knoche

Out-of-School Time Specialist, Utah Afterschool Network
If you were to describe Kristen Knoche to a stranger, you might start with her affinity for pebbled ice, appreciation for soccer, and a surprisingly large number of hiccups. Although she is a native to Utah, she enjoys exploring new terrain within our state lines, like the Peace Gardens... Read More →

Friday November 1, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm MDT
Ballroom 2

4:00pm MDT

Sexual Assault Response
In this session, attendees will be provided with an overview of resources and services for teens and young adult survivors of sexual assault or dating violence. This session will review responses to disclosures and continued support for survivors.


Danielle Rodriguez (she/her/hers)

Sexual Assault Services Coordinator, Safe Harbor Crisis Center
Danielle Rodriguez began working in the field of sexual assault as an intern for the Hospital Response Team and Crisis Line Volunteer for the Rape Recovery Center in Salt Lake City in the fall of 2016 after becoming a Certified Sexual Assault Counselor. After interning she worked... Read More →

Tori Vance

Outreach Director, Safe Harbor
Tori Vance began her work in domestic violence and sexual assault organizations in 2012 in Lincoln Parish, Louisiana. I graduated from Louisiana Tech in 2013 with my Bachelors in Family and Child Studies and later obtained my SSW license.  She moved to Utah shortly after graduating... Read More →

Friday November 1, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm MDT
Meeting Room 202
Saturday, November 2

11:00am MDT

Strategies for Creating Trauma-Informed and Inclusive Classrooms
The goal of out-of-school time programs is to have a program that creates an environment for all youth to learn and thrive. Step one for creating the environment is making sure all youth feel safe and welcome. We talk a lot about the importance of having trauma-informed and inclusive programs, but what does that look like? In this session, participants will learn the 6 components of a trauma-informed approach, reflect on what it means to have a trauma-informed and inclusive classroom, and develop concrete ways to practice inclusive and trauma-informed programming. Participants will walk away with inclusive and trauma-informed language, examples on how to empower and support their youth, and solutions on how to overcome barriers to create a safe and inclusive classroom.


Rachel Coffey

Community Educator, Planned Parenthood of Utah

Saturday November 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm MDT
Meeting Room 103

1:30pm MDT

Finding Your Happy Place with Music, Movement, and Emotion
This session introduces concepts of how music and movement can help youth get through tough times and move their emotions from frustrated, sad, scared, and unsure to feelings of balance and positivity. Join Arts Kids to learn strategies that will help youth in your program build resiliency and find their happy place.

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Cowboy Ted Hallisey

Founder, Cowboy Ted's Foundation for Kids
Cowboy Ted Hallisey is host of The Cowboy Ted Show and Cowboy Ted 101. He produces and hosts video programs for kids and families that are shown in classrooms, TV, FaceBook, YouTube, and several web sites.Cowboy Ted started Cowboy Ted’s Foundation for Kids with a goal of touching... Read More →
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Adam Wayman

Arts Kids
Adam Wayman is beginning his 11th year of directing music and programs for Kindergarten to 9th grade. He received his B.S. in Music Education from Utah State University, working in Davis School District,his groups have received honors from local and out of state judging. Along with... Read More →
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Nicholas Hallisey

Arts Kids
Nicholas Hallisey is a 15-year-old sophomore at Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts and has a passion for music and helping kids. He has hosted afterschool sessions for over 5 years along with his dad, during Cowboy Ted programs. Nico plays drums, guitar and trumpet and loves... Read More →

Saturday November 2, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm MDT
Meeting Room 103

2:45pm MDT

Journey through Foster Care
Who's in foster care? How does the foster care system work? Is every young person’s experience the same? Through an interactive journey and rich discussion, participants will learn more about who is in foster care, different ways a young person can enter the system, how to better navigate the foster care system, and different ways a young person can leave the system so that they can be more supportive of foster youth and their individual case plan.

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Erica Andino

Out-of-School Time Specialist, Utah Afterschool Network
Hailing from Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York; Erica is a proud Nuyorican who enjoys things that take her back to her roots. She grew up in the foster care system during her teen years but has proven her resilience by dedicating 11 years of her life to working with afterschool youth... Read More →

Christina Andino

Social Worker, FosterClub
Christina and Erica Andino are biological sisters from Brooklyn, New York. Both have years of experience in the Utah Foster Care system as foster youth who aged out. Christina and Erica defeated statistics by graduating from high school and obtaining college degrees. Christina has... Read More →

Saturday November 2, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm MDT
Ballroom 3

2:45pm MDT

PROTECT Utah: Preventing Exploitation of Utah's Most Vulnerable Youth
It's clear that afterschool programs provide expanded learning opportunities and a place for students to grow. It would be advantageous for these students, who are in an environment that fosters unique relationships with the educators, to also grow in areas that protect and prevent them from being manipulated and exploited. Youth are vulnerable to such exploitation by virtue of being young, including being groomed and trafficked for sex or labor. Join us to learn how the PROTECT Utah prevention education program can help to enhance your afterschool program by providing youth with opportunities to protect themselves.

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Jacob Thompson

Regional Director, 3 Strands Global
Jacob is serving as the Regional Director of 3Strands Global Foundation for the entire state of Utah. His primary focus is to the be face, voice, and advocate for PROTECT Utah and its mission of human trafficking and exploitation prevention education. He oversees the implementation... Read More →
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Josh Loaiza

Implementation Coordinator, 3 Strands Global
Josh is the Implementation Coordinator for 3Strands Gobal in Utah. He specializes in marketing and business strategy. Josh received his bachelor’s degree in business and marketing from the Goddard School of Business at Weber State University. After finishing his degree, Josh started... Read More →

Saturday November 2, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm MDT
Executive Room 100

2:45pm MDT

Suicide Prevention: Something Everyone Can Do
Suicide is the #1 killer among our teens in Utah, and yet it is the most preventable death. Empowered with information on the signs of suicide ideation, participants will learn how to determine whether or not an individual is contemplating suicide and how to steer them towards professional resources to get the help they need. We will utilize the Question Persuade Refer (QPR) model of suicide prevention and intervention. Participants will walk away with tools that are applicable to both youth and adults.

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Tammy Okelberry

Counselor/Director, American Preparatory Academy
Tammy received her BS in Social Work at BYU and began her career at the Idaho Youth Ranch in the Intake and Assessment Unit and later piloted a long standing program for the State of Idaho Juvenile Justice to work with first time status offenders in the Magic Valley area. She received... Read More →

Saturday November 2, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm MDT
Meeting Room 203