A4YC Conference aims to revitalize practice

Youth workers from across the country are gathering in Edmonton for the third biennial Allies 4 Youth Conference (A4YC). May 14-15, 2018, the conference will bring together service providers, researchers, experts, and youth to focus on the growing population of young people with increasingly complex needs.

This conference will specifically focus on revitalizing practice, with a variety of speakers and workshops that will speak to working with Indigenous youth and social justice, ethnocultual youth and trauma, and the voice of youth. The A4YC Steering Committee believes that all youth deserve the opportunity to live their lives in a meaningful way, feel safe and experience a sense of inclusion and belonging.

This work with youth incorporates the most recent research, literature and trends in areas such as trauma, attachment and brain development in children and youth, harm reduction, resilience, strength-based practice, collaborative, multi-disciplinary practice, and trauma-informed intervention.

"The 2018 conference will specifically focus on trauma, attachment and brain development, and explore challenges that youth experiencing high risk circumstances face related to education and employment, diversity and identity, and addictions and mental health," said Rebecca Stiller, co-chair of the A4YC steering committee.

This year's conference will be held at the River Cree Resort on 300 E Lapotac Blvd, Edmonton.

For more information, or to schedule a media interview, contact Rebecca Stiller at (587) 341-4167.


The A4YC is a partnership between: Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society, Catholic Social Services, Chimo Youth Retreat Centre, Community Mental Health Action Plan, E4C, Edmonton Catholic School District, the Edmonton John Howard Society, Enoch Cree Nation, The Family Centre, The Government of Alberta Children’s Services, The Government of Alberta Justice and Solicitor General, MacEwan University, Old Strathcona Youth Society, REACH Edmonton and Wolf Willow Well Being,