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Adolescent Health Conference

You are invited to the inaugural Adolescent Health Conference sponsored by Connect, an adolescent health initiative at the Mary Black Foundation and Spartanburg School District Consortium to Improve Adolescent Health.  Hear from experts on topics customized to Spartanburg County teens, learn about their needs, and meet the community partners who serve these youth.


The Details

Friday, August 16, 2019

USC Upstate

Readiness Center

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


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David Walsh, Ph.D. is an award winning psychologist, best selling author, and international speaker. In 1995, he founded the internationally renowned National Institute on Media and the Family, which he led until 2010. In 2011 he founded Mind Positive Parenting to translate cutting edge brain science to everyday practice for parents, teachers and other professionals.

David Walsh, Ph.D. is an award winning psychologist, best selling author, and international speaker. In 1995, he founded the internationally renowned National Institute on Media and the Family, which he led until 2010. In 2011 he founded Mind Positive Parenting to translate cutting edge brain science to everyday practice for parents, teachers and other professionals.

Keynote Speaker

We are very excited to announce Dr. David Walsh will be the keynote speaker at the 2019 Adolescent Health Conference.

Keynote presentation

Grit: Why Kids Need It and How to Get It

“Grit,” technically called “executive function,” is critical for school and life success. It determines how we learn as opposed to what we learn and includes the ability to concentrate, manage impulses and behavior, passion, perseverance, resilience, focus, and motivation. Dr. Dave Walsh will explain why it so important and will describe the six threats that undermine it.

  • Toxic stress

  • Sedentary lifestyle

  • Lack of sleep

  • A culture of “more, fast, easy, and fun”

  • Misuse and overuse of technology

  • Disappearance of free play

More importantly, he will provide practical strategies for assuring that 21st century youth develop the grit traits that will ensure their success and happiness.


Available Workshops

Local professionals will host breakout sessions in a variety of topics designed to sharpen your skills and give you new tools to use in your work with teens.

Currently we are working on confirming CEU’s with governing bodies. More information to come.


Youth Participation

This conference will not just talk about what youth want and need from schools and community but we will hear directly from teens themselves on how we can create a better community to improve youth outcomes.  Join us for a panel of experts, our very own Spartanburg County Youth,  in a discussion of youth culture, engagement and understanding of what is needed to improve adolescent health and how teens and adults can work together to create change.

PREPARE TO BE INSPIRED!

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Registration

Ready to sign up? Get your tickets today. The registration fee is $30 and includes admission into the conference, a light breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks.


Exhibitors

You will have the opportunity to visit exhibitor booths to learn about helpful products and services that support your work with youth.

Interested in becoming an exhibitor? Submit your application today.