Reentry Conference 2016

Reentry Conference 2016: Reconcile, Recover, and Restore, June 19-26
Sponsored by: Tasker Stree Missionary Baptist Church in partnership with Eastern University, Out of Nazareth, and the Office of Philadelphia City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson

Sessions included:

  • Recovering from Trauma: understanding the impact of violence and trauma; for families of crime victims, survivors of violence, witnesses to violence, survivors of abuse, and formerly incarcerated people
  • DMC and Respecting Differences: discussion panel between community members, youth, and law enforcement about concerns, fears, and disproportionate minority contact
  • God, Justice, and Reconciliation: moving from incarceration to restoration and productivity
  • Justice in Youth Sentencing: why youth should be treated differently in the justice system, and implications of two recent Supreme Court rulings regarding new sentencing for this population
  • Healing Communities, USA: how to equip your house of worship as a place that supports and ministers to the incarcerated, returning citizens, and their families
  • Job & Resource Fair for Returning Citizens
Mental Health First Aid Course

April 26, 2018 at the Center for Urban Youth Development at Eastern University

Mental illnesses and substance use challenges often present during adolescence and young adulthood, when many individuals are students at colleges and universities. College and university faculty, campus staff, families, and fellow students can learn how to help each other within a framework of their unique culture and set of resources. Mental Health First Aid (higher education focus) is an eight-hour course offering tailored supplement which builds upon the effectiveness of the standard Mental Health First Aid curriculum. Learn how to respond effectively and appropriately to a young person who may be experiencing a mental health-related crisis or problem. Training provided through the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities Services.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Course

June 2, 2017 at the Center for Urban Youth Development at Eastern University

Youth Mental Health First Aid was designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help youth who are experiencing mental health or addiction challenges or crisis. The course introduced common mental health challenges for youth, reviewed typical adolescent development, and taught a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered included anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

Non-degree Credit Classes in Youth Development

Are you interested in serving the needs of urban youth? Non-degree credit courses in youth development and youth ministry address the critical needs of both youth and those in youth services. Both lay people and professionals need the skills and educational foundation to support youth in making a successful transition to adulthood. The following classes are available for members of the community. Certificate and credit opportunities are available.

Advancing Youth Development

Introduces the youth development approach. Interactive sessions teach new ways to support young people and shares strategies to integrate a positive youth development approach in programs. Especially for front-line workers.

Supervising Youth Development Practice

Provides solid grounding in the youth development approach and shares strategies for supervising effective youth work practice. Especially for program managers and supervisors.

Urban Youth Culture

Examines the impact of social problems and popular culture on urban youth. Attention given to the values, attitudes, norms, and rituals of sub-cultures within the urban youth culture.

Emotional Intelligence

Introduces concepts to handle the emotions of self and others. Critical affective skills will be addressed, including communication and managing group dynamics. Especially for people who work with the public or who support youth.

Youth and Spiritual Development

This workshop explores the relationship between the religious involvement of youth and their developmental outcomes.