Super excited to be heading to Tampa this weekend for the 30th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health! A few organizations partnered up, TurningPointCT, CTSTRONG, NAMI & Street Smart Ventures, to present at the conference. We submitted an awesome proposal and although we thought we had a great shot at being selected, I was still a bit nervous. However, we were in fact selected to present and now we are going down to Tampa to represent for CT and for our young adults.
We put together an amazing poster and a brochure (hugh shoutout to Michael & Britney for the leg work) so I cannot wait for everyone to see what we’ve been up to. We’re presenting on our collaborative, innovative work on youth engagement. I’m super excited to see and hear from the other presenters. Keep up with us here on the forum and check our instagram for some pictures and videos! Instagram: TurningPointctCT_ org
So of course we’ve been rocking it and getting a lot of convo and support from all over the country! We had so many people visit our poster, ask questions, take notes or a brochure, and share their experiences. So far so great! Although all three groups (TPCT, YLP, & Street Smart Ventures) are different, we all have the same goal: to engage young adults in innovative ways, connect young adults, provide resources and to help them live healthy, quality successful lifestyles.
Check out some pics here!!
Rai & Ally-
Anthony and Michael reppin for Street Smart & YLP
The lovely Britney holding it down for Street Smart Ventures as well
Finishing up with a few more sessions today. We had the pleasure of meeting a few presenters and discussing how to involve young people in evaluation to impact systems change. It’s amazing to hear all of the different perspectives but most importantly, to know that we are all on the same page!
That was so much fun! I really enjoyed networking and meeting new people!
It was REALLY cool that we met people from surrounding states that knew of TurningPointCT.org VERY WELL!! It was also exciting to see how other states want to duplicate what we have, for their state! Although there was no “winning prize” or “competition”, our poster presentation seemed to have the largest and most engaged crowd! Our poster also separated us from other posters because we had a lot of color, easy to read information, graphs, and photos to engage our audience!
Overall, it was a wonderful trip and I was impressed with how CT serves our YA’s compared to other states and countries!
Yess! I just have to thank all of you – everyone contributed so much to developing the poster and coming together to iron out all the details. It was super fun, and a great experience!!
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