2018 Elkhart County Children’s Summit

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The Elkhart County Juvenile Court presents the 2018 Elkhart County Children’s Summit: More Tools in Your Toolbox

Elkhart County youth care workers, case managers, law enforcement professionals and others who work to improve the health and welfare of children are invited to attend the 10th annual daylong event featuring keynote speakers on child issues, opportunities for networking and continuing education credits. Registration is $25 per individual, $35 for a table in the service fair. Registration is capped at 450. Payment due prior to event.

The 2018 keynote speaker is Rev. Gregory J. Boyle, S.J., the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the world. Homeboy Industries employs and trains former gang members in a range of social enterprises, as well as provides critical services to 15,000 men and women who walk through its doors every year seeking a better life.

Julie Whitman
, Executive Director of the Children’s Commission, coordinates with leaders from all three branches of state government as well as hundreds of stakeholders from across the state to study issues affecting vulnerable youth and make recommendations for policies and practices that will improve child outcomes in Indiana.

Justice Steven David, 106th Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court, has 35 years of public service including 16 years as a trial court judge in Boone County and 28 years of military service. Justice David’s passion is to unify families, provide resources for children and veterans, and ensure court access for all.

Indiana Department of Corrections (IDOC) panelists: Mark Kniola, Program Director for IDOC’s Division of Youth; Natalie Walker, Assistant Executive Director for the Division of Youth; and Tabatha Seese, Reintegration Special for the Division of Youth.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

8:00-9:00  Registration & Service Tables
9:00  Welcome
9:15  Julie Whitman, Executive Director Commission on Improving the Status of Children
10:05  Break
10:25  Panel Discussion: When IDOC works for Children
11:10  Justice Steve David Indiana Supreme Court: Is JDAI still relevant?
12:00  Lunch & Service Tables
1:15  Father Gregory Boyle
2:15  Youth Perspective
2:30  Conclusion and Announcements
2:45  End

Maple City Chapel
2015 Lincolnway E.
Goshen, IN 46526

$25 per person
$35 for a table at the service fair
A light lunch is provided. Payment due prior to event.
*Payment can be made by check or credit card.  Make all checks payable to Community Foundation of Elkhart County with “Children’s Summit” in the memo line.

Applications have been approved for 3.3 CLE’s (with 1 ethics credit) and 5 CEU’s.

Organizations who want to exhibit in the service fair must pay the $35 fee to have a 6ft table (electricity not included) as well as a $25 fee for each person who will work at the table. The service fair itself consists of an hour near the beginning of the day and time during the lunch break. All registrants, including those working the service fair, are invited to listen and participate in all the programming for the day.

*Due to limited tables in the service fair, preferential registration is reserved for organizations serving Elkhart County.

Limited space available. 


For questions, contact Lauren Cooper at 574-295-8761 or [email protected].[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_empty_space][vc_separator type=”normal” thickness=”2″][vc_column_text]
Special thanks to the 2018 Elkhart County Children’s Summit planning team!

Bashor Children’s Home
Community Foundation of Elkhart County
Elkhart County Juvenile Detention Center
Elkhart County Juvenile Court
Indiana Department of Child Services
Indiana Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative
Indiana Supreme Court Improvement Grant
Maple City Chapel
Oaklawn Psychiatric Center
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