4UBYUS is being put on by the City of St. Albert Department of Community and Social Development. We are working with thirty local teenagers who will play the primary roles in the planning and facilitation of this conference.
4UBYUS is a one-day conference for adults who work, teach, mentor, coach, council and/or parent teenagers. What makes this conference unique is that the entire conference is planned and facilitated by high school and post high school students. They will discuss and share stories from their perspectives and experiences. What you see and hear will all be through the lens of a teenager.
Conference attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions, share knowledge and gain valuable insight into the life of a teenager. Each session will include a youth panel, small group discussions and key learning’s.
The support and commitment exhibited by adults in St. Albert has provided youth with the mentorship and guidance needed to navigate through the teenage years. This conference hopes to leave attendees with even more insight and tools that will continue the work already done in our community.
- For parents,
- coaches, and
- professionals who work with youth (mentors, teachers, social workers, counsellors)
- 8:00am – 8:45am REGISTRATION
- 8:45am – 945am OPENING SESSION
- 10:00am – 11:00am BREAKOUT SESSION #1
- 11:15am – 12:15pm BREAKOUT SESSION #2
- 12:15pm – 1:00pm LUNCH
- 1:00pm – 2:00pm BREAKOUT SESSION #3
- 2:15pm – 3:30 pm CLOSING KEYNOTE
- 3:30pm – 4:00pm NETWORKING (optional)
Session Topics and Descriptions
Opening Session: Depressed, Stressed and Kind of a Mess
The opening session will begin with a discussion about mental health and wellness. The youth panel will discuss how mental illness affects teenagers, and how to identify and give support for youth. Attendees will get have an opportunity to ask questions to a panel of youth who have been affected in different ways, from depression, eating disorders, anxiety and the burden of supporting friends.
Breakout Sessions *Each participant can choose three out of the four breakout session workshops. Below are the topics and descriptions.
Just Saying No
This session will be on the pressures that youth encounter and the challenges faced in saying, “No!” The discussion will focus on the complexity of saying ‘no,’ what peer pressure looks and feels like, and the process of deciding.
Getting Lit: What Does It Mean
The saying “Getting Lit” is a popular one in youth language and can mean different things to different people. This session will explain what these terms mean in relation to drugs and alcohol. The discussion will focus on the level of accessibility, how drug and alcohol use has impacts the lives of teenagers and what support is needed to make informed and educated decisions.
The Dating Game
This session will dig deep into the world of teenage dating. The youth panel will discuss what dating means, the pressures of dating and romantic relationships and how to be prepared for the physical and emotional aspects of the relationships.
Just Be Yourself, Not Your Selfie
We all live in a world of social media. We love it and we hate it. This session will focus on how youth use social media and the effect it has on their age group. Topics will include cyber bullying, social media expectations, safe use of tools and how all of this can play a part in teenage self-esteem and confidence.
Closing Session: Engaging Youth: The Story of BAM
The last session of the day will share the BAM For Youth Model that has been extremely successful with engaging youth and encouraging involvement within the community. BAM For Youth started with eight teenager members in 2010 and has grown to over 300 members that have contributed over 60,000 volunteer hours in the last seven years. Former and current BAM members will share the youth for youth based model and provide practical ideas and methods that can be applied to different organizations and areas of work.
A meal is included in with your ticket, choice of chicken or steak.
For any questions contact:
Ben Huising at firstname.lastname@example.org