On Tuesday, May 8th, Be Unlimited, LLC will present the 2012 Be Unlimited Youth Engagement Summit, in association with The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

The 2012 Be Unlimited Youth Engagement Summit has been organized to meet the needs of youth.  It will provide meaningful participation opportunities for youth (in grades 6 through 9) to work in partnership with community leaders, educators, artists, and youth advocates all committed to seeing them reach their highest potential in life.

The goal of the 2012 Be Unlimited Youth Engagement Summit is to create a lasting community of engaged, active youth leaders dedicated to making positive changes happen in their communities and in the world. Youths are not just leaders of the future, they are today’s leaders in their own schools and communities.

Topics will include: building self-esteem, promoting personal development, encouraging leadership skills, strategies to overcome bullying, alcohol and drug prevention, and more.  Students attending schools in Atlantic, Cape May, and Cumberland counties will be invited to participate.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided.  There will be a $10 fee per attendee.  Reserve your seat today!

WHERE: The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Pomona, NJ

WHEN: Tuesday, May 8th

TIME: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (Breakfast and check-in will begin at 8:00 am)

You will find an itinerary of sessions offered (each lasting 40 minutes) and a brief description below.  School principals, guidance counselors, and teachers should work together to choose the breakout session that students and their chaperones attend. Consider each individual student’s needs and which session will benefit them most.  One breakout session must be chosen during each of the three time slots offered.

Breakout Session #1 (9:10-9:50)

1A: The Teen Factor: A Look Inside

“Please excuse my brain, it has a mind of its own.”  Teens are unique, perplexing and spirited individuals who often feel misunderstood.  They are a work in progress.  This session reveals the secrets of the teenage mind and offers strategies to help them deal with the emotional ups and downs of their lives.

Presenter: Jewish Family Services

1B: Hoopily Ever After

How did a Marine Science major become a hoopdance teacher?  Well, there was definitely an expected twist along the way.  This fun and interactive workshop promotes the lesson of creating one’s own path in life and learning how to believe in yourself.  When you love what you do, you make yourself more than good enough.  Hoopdancing will be taught, so attendees should be ready and willing to give it a whirl!

Presenter: Jennifer Hoover-Wickman; Owner / Creator of Wikihoops

1C: Stress Management 101

Today’s teens are overwhelmed with everyday pressures, just as much as adults are.  In this session, participants will learn some of the causes of stress, as well as many of the harmful ways people deal with stress.  Several positive ways to deal with stress will be presented and participants will have a chance to practice some of these methods.

Presenter: Dr. Robert Zlotnick; Executive Director / Atlantic Prevention Services

1D: You And The Law

Today’s youth are interfacing with law enforcement more frequently than ever.  This session will provide attendees with a practical, working knowledge of the laws directly impacting juveniles and young adults.  This is an open forum, encouraging participation from all in attendance.

Presenter: Jeffrey Wilson, Esq.

Breakout Session #2 (9:55-10:35)

2A: Responding To Bullying One Green Dot At A Time

Ever witness someone being bullied, but not sure whether to laugh or step in?  This workshop will help you to explore “Green Dots,” a strategy for how to safely and effectively deal with bullying when you see it.  Be sure to come ready to laugh and move around, since this workshop is both educational and fun.

Presenter: Erin O’ Hanlon; Coordinator of Community Initiatives / The Women’s Center

2B: Setting Goals: A Map For The Future

Know where you’re going and how to get there!  Learn about the importance of setting goals and some simple techniques to get more of what you want.  This workshop will help you to identify what gets in the way of achieving your goals and what specific steps you can take to set and achieve realistic goals that will help you to move ahead.

Presenter: Luanne C. Anton; Health Educator / The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

2C: Yoga In The Schools

Yoga In The Schools is committed to improving the mental and physical health of youth.  Over the past decade, educators have seen a rise in stress levels and mental health concerns in their students.  Yogic practices can be used as a preventive measure.  During this session, attendees will learn low-impact yoga postures that will recharge their energy and get them refocused on reaching their highest potential.

Presenter: Laurie Green; Owner, Yoga Nine

2D: Get Familiar: The Boys and Girls Club

The Boys and Girls Club provides resources for the development of young people. Youth from all backgrounds have realized their full potential through a range of activities and leadership opportunities offered.  This session will inform attendees about what’s happening at their local club and how to get involved.

Presenter: Hudson Lee; Boys and Girls Clubs of Atlantic City

Breakout Session #3 (10:40-11:20)

3A: “Words with Friends”: How To Talk So People Listen & Listen So People Talk

Words are powerful.  They can: open or close doors; feel good or bad; or, help you gain or lose respect.  Everybody wants to be heard and understood.  Discover ways to talk so friends, parents, teachers and coaches will listen, and learn to listen so they will talk.

Presenter: Jewish Family Services

3B: Peer Pressure Valve

This session will present a range of strategies to resolve bullying and peer pressure situations. Through role-play activities, attendees will also learn skills that will enable them to socialize with peers in healthy ways.

Presenter: Carol Plum-Ucci; Award-winning young adult fiction novelist

3C: Truth in D.A.R.E.

The D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program gives youth the life skills they need to avoid involvement with drugs, gangs, and violence.  This session will present the truth about the dangers of substance abuse, and offer techniques for making responsible choices and decisions when resisting drugs and alcohol.

Presenter: Officer Robert Berg; Atlantic City Police Department

3D: Relationships: What Do We Really Want?

This informative session will explore what you really want in relationships, what a healthy relationships is, how to identify whether or not a relationship is good or bad for you, and what to do about it.

Presenter: Jennifer Lospinoso; Stockton Student Peer Educator

Showcase Event (11:25-12:25)

Project P.R.I.D.E.

Project P.R.I.D.E. is a major initiative of the New Jersey Department of Corrections. Project P.R.I.D.E. brings minimum custody offenders from a state correctional facility to talk about their personal experiences with drugs and alcohol.  Moderator Michael Ritter will lead the candid discussion by the offenders while also replying to questions from the audience. The offenders are at all times under the direct supervision of Senior Correction Officers while they are in the community.

The main purpose of P.R.I.D.E. is for our youth to hear, first hand, the results that alcohol and drug abuse has on a person’s life and consider these consequences when faced with making personal choices. The goal is to reduce the use of drugs and alcohol by the youth and promote responsible decision-making as they face choices in their lives.

Closing Event (12:30-12:50)

Stand UP!  Speak OUT!

Saxophonist-singer-songwriter Susan Goodman (Sooz) uses music to tackle bias and bullying in a unique mix of urban, Afro-pop, jazz, and Latin flavored songs.  Her lyrics shine a light on the spectrum of bias—from xenophobia to homophobia—and celebrate the courage and compassion to speak out and be allies for one another.  Sooz’s original songs weave together a decidedly diverse collection of musical styles, casting a wide net for an equally diverse collection of listeners.

Sooz will be performing selections from her newest cd release, Live Out Loud, an ear-catching expression of her distinctly original songwriting, that intersects with her passion for social justice, equality, and human rights.

*The Showcase Event and Closing Event are presentations for all attendees. 

Session Assignments:

To assign attendees to a breakout session, simply specify the session code beside their names when registering.  For example: 1A John Smith; 2B John Smith; 3C John Smith.  We kindly ask that you email your completed list of attendees to us no later than Monday, April 30th.  You will receive an email confirmation of your online registration.

Paying The Registration Fee:

There is a $10 registration fee per attendee.  We prefer to receive payment in advance of the event, but will accept payment at the time of registration with prior notice.  Checks or money orders should be made out to Be Unlimited, LLC.  Payments made in advance of the event should be sent to: Be Unlimited, LLC, PO Box 1879, Absecon, New Jersey, 08201.  Payments made on the day of the event must be received before breakout sessions begin.

If you should have any further questions regarding the 2012 Be Unlimited Youth Engagement Summit, please email us at: contact@beunltd.com.

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