Jun 19, 2020
The Normalcy Conference is now over The Indiana Youth Advisory Board presents the 2020 Normalcy Conference, an event focused
The Normalcy Conference is now over
The Indiana Youth Advisory Board presents the 2020 Normalcy Conference, an event focused on adult and youth partnership while promoting normalcy in the lives of youth affected by foster care. This statewide conference brings together young adults, Department of Child Services staff, Independent Living Providers, educators, and community members to learn how to collectively build stronger programs that serve youth affected by foster care. This year, the conference will bring together nearly 200 attendees.
Featuring Eddye Jean
Keynote speaker and presenter
Eddye is an artist, national speaker, story-teller, social justice warrior and consultant. Eddye uses her gifts to inspire and evoke healing, connectedness and enduring change. Eddye is a master facilitator, conduit and ally for youth and young adults impacted by the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Eddye is a compelling and soulfully-driven artist whose purpose and calling is to serve, to create, to connect and to heal. Eddye has worked as a national organizer, and professional background includes work and support in the youth justice, child welfare and restorative justice spaces.
This year’s conference is going virtual
The Indiana Youth Advisory Board, adult workers, and community partners are invited to attend this annual conference online on Friday, June 19, 2020 from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm.
Foster Success is excited to invite you to the Indiana Youth Advisory Board’s 2020 Normalcy Conference: The Year for Perfect Vision. Our team has needed to pivot, and to best respond to the culture of our world and state during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are moving the Normalcy Conference online.
We know this isn’t a traditional format, and it wasn’t an easy decision to make. We will stay true to the heart of the conference, bringing together youth, workers and partners to access information & resources that support the successful transition of all foster youth across Indiana! Over the next month, we will be following up with communication on how and when to access sessions, sending additional materials, and offering support to host watch parties in your community!
Pre-register for two pre-conference panels
Happening online this June 18, 2020
Foster Parent Panel – 10:30 am
This panel is designed to support foster parents in learning more about resource needs and building healthy relationships specifically for older youth. Link to register
Youth Engagement & The Indiana Youth Advisory Board – 2 pm
Event FAQs 🤔
When is the Normalcy Conference? When will it start & do I have to attend the whole thing?
How will I tune in?
What if youth don’t have technology to access the conference?
Will youth and workers have the opportunity to interact at all during the conference?
Who is able to attend?
Will there be a stipend given to conference participants?
Are you doing the statewide meeting still?
What are the Watch Parties? How can I host one?
If you host a Watch Party, it will be up to your team to provide any necessary space or technology needed to watch each session. It is recommended you have a couple of spaces and computers/tablets to accommodate for youth who would like to attend different breakout sessions. If youth do not have access to a computer or headphones to attend, they can mark so on the application & we will try to work with them to see what we can troubleshoot.
What Foster Success will provide at Watch Parties:
- Gift card to order pizza
- Gift card to purchase drinks & snacks
- Swag bag box (notebooks, stress balls, sunglasses)
If you are planning to host a party and have additional needs, please reach out to Kylie. We are happy to have a conversation to see what other needs we can try to meet.
Do I need to let you know if I am hosting a Watch Party?
Can I get swag even if I don’t attend/host a Watch Party?
Are there youth and worker awards this year?
What will the breakout sessions be about?