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WACYCP News & Events

Co-Presented by the WACYCP and ACRC 

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Cardinal Stritch University
Milwaukee, WI 

The Wisconsin Association of Child and Youth Care Professionals (WACYCP) and Association of Child Residential Centers (ACRC) are accepting sponsorships for the 2019 Annual Youth Care Conference. The all-day conference will be held on Tuesday June 11th at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, WI. The theme of this year’s conference is “Greater Together: Intentional Collaboration”. It is being co-presented by both the WACYCP and ACRC.

LarryBrendtroFeatured National Keynote Speaker: Larry K. Brendtro, PhD, is director of The Resilience Academy which provides research, publications, and training on strength-based approaches to education, treatment, and youth development.  He has experience as a child and youth care worker, teacher, and psychologist and has been a professor in the area of children's behavior disorders at the University of Illinois, The Ohio State University, and Augustana University. He was president of Starr Commonwealth for fourteen years, serving troubled children and families in Michigan and Ohio. He holds a doctorate from the University of Michigan and is co-author of sixteen books and 200 articles. He shares observations from his practical experience and the forthcoming 2020 edition of the book Reclaiming Youth at Risk: Futures of Promise which integrates Native American principles of rearing children in environments of respect with modern youth development research.  Dr. Brendtro served on the U.S. Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in the administrations of presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama. He is co-developer of the Positive Peer Culture and Circle of Courage models and trains professionals world-wide. (see www.reclaimingyouth.org).

Raising Courageous Kids: From Trauma to Thriving 

Those who work directly with youth at risk have the greatest potential to transform troubled lives. This presentation highlights practical strategies for youth workers to build resilience by meeting these four growth needs known as the Circle of Courage:

  • Belonging: Establish bonds of trust to connect with traumatized and adult-wary children and teens
  • Mastery:  Help discouraged youth to discover and develop their inner strengths to build futures of promise 
  • Independence: Replace defiance with self-control, self-confidence, and respect for the rights of others
  • Generosity: Enlist youth in helping others to develop empathy and a sense of purpose

When these needs are met, children and youth are able to surmount adversity and thrive.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

GOLD LEVEL SPONSOR: $1,000/includes 8 free full-day conference admissions ($720 value); recognition on all conference materials and website; resource table
SILVER LEVEL SPONSOR: $500/includes 3 free full-day conference admissions ($270 value); recognition on all conference materials and website; resource table
BRONZE LEVEL SPONSOR: $250/includes 1 free full-day conference admission ($90 value); recognition on conference materials and website

In-Kind Donations: discounts and materials to be used in conjunction with the 2019 conference; call the WACYCP office to discuss.

To sign up to become a sponsor, please contact the 2019 Conference Co-Chair, Jody Rhodes, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via phone (414) 588-1589.

Save The Dates!

19th Annual Youth Worker Awards Ceremony

May 9th 2019
Doubletree Hotel Downtown Milwaukee


 Annual Youth Work Conference

June 11th 2019
Cardinal Strich University Milwaukee

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 Thank A Youth Worker Day

May 9th 2019

The School of Continuing Education Youth Work Learning Center

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