2018 Summit Workshops

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5th Annual See the Girl Summit: “Hope is What We Do”



“Hope is What We Do” – Maureen Walker, PhD
Empathy, authenticity, and mutuality—the relational competencies required to sustain an agenda of hope, justice, and healing will be presented to frame the 2-day See the Girl Summit.

“Dismantling Microaggressions & Diversity: Encouraging Respectful Engagement” – Fresh! “Lev” White
Even before stress enters the work place, we can at times find ourselves practicing microaggressions or blaming, triggered by biases and assumptions about each other. Skills will be taught for effective and open team building that supports compassion and respect in the work place and beyond. When we are sincerely kind and compassionate with ourselves, it helps reduce how much we judge self and others. Practicing non-judgement and self-forgiveness allows us to be present and at ease in most situations, no matter when or how often they arise. Participants will learn how mindfulness or grounding can help reduce microaggressions.


Eleven CEUs are available for participants who attend the entire summit and attain presenters’ signatures on form you receive at check-in (must elect for CEUs upon online registration).


Track 1 – Research

Hope is in the Data – Vanessa Patino Lydia (Session 1)
This workshop is presented by the Policy Center’s Vice President of Research. It covers the Center’s approach to research, tying together data and feminist theory, and provides the background rationale on why there is a juvenile justice reform movement for girls.

Creating Communities of Hope with Girls, Young Women and Youth Who Identify as Female, Part 1– Barbara Guthrie, R.N, Ph.D. (Session 2)
Dr. Guthrie’s work focuses on creating better health outcomes and futures for girls and young women by taking into consideration the communities in which girls live, play and learn. The latest research about girls and young women will be discussed and participants will learn strategies for engaging with girls and families to create communities of hope and wellness.

Creating Communities of Hope with Girls, Young Women and Youth Who Identify as Female, Part 1– Barbara Guthrie, R.N, Ph.D. (Session 3)
See description above.

Track 2 – Girl-Centered Direct Service

Girl-Centered Principles in Practice – Vicky Basra and Dr. Lawanda Ravoira (Session 1) – WORKSHOP IS FILLED
This is the See the Girl Summit signature workshop highlighting the importance of promoting girl-centered practices in our policies, processes and programs. Three core principles of girl-centered practice: girls as experts, mutuality and honoring the lived experiences of girls, will be explored. Join this discussion-based workshop to learn how to implement the key elements of girl-centered practice in day to day interactions with girls.

Honoring Her Story: Trauma-Informed Method of Engagement for Youth Advocacy (TIME Model)– Kristin Murray (Session 2)
How do you prepare a young person to share their story to a large audience? The Trauma-Informed Method of Engagement (TIME) model created by Debra Cady and Eric Lulow is designed to guide supportive adults to effectively engage, prepare, support and follow up with youth publicly taking on advocacy work. Learn best practices for creating opportunities for youth to grow personally and professionally while minimizing negative impacts. The TIME model is relationally-based, trauma-informed and has implications for the development of self-efficacy in young adults.

Honoring Her Story: Trauma-Informed Method of Engagement for Youth Advocacy (TIME Model)– Kristin Murray (Session 3)
This workshop is offered twice because both workshops were sold out last year. This will be the same content present in session 2 above.

Track 3 – Advocacy

Storytelling Circles: Strategies for Engaging in Dialogue to Create Hope: Yvette Angelique Hyater-Adams (Session 1)
This workshop will use narrative storytelling as a strategy for engaging in difficult dialogues around race, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, etc. Participants will learn ways to listen without judgment and to engage in dialogue around differences. Strategies practice in the session can be used with girls and young women in both residential and non-residential settings.

Advocacy and Working with the Media – “Above the Fold” with Mary Kelli Palka, Editor, The Florida Times-Union; Jack Duran, Digital Associate, Vera Institute of Justice; Melissa Ross, First Coast Connect, WJCT; Lorena Inclan, Action NewsJax- WORKSHOP IS FILLED
Into today’s world, even the “perfect story” sometimes isn’t good enough to get media attention. Learn from the experts! Engage in an interactive dialogue facilitated by Roy Miller, President of The Children’s Campaign, media experts will share their insights on the top things you need to know. Learn the top things media experts want you to know. Bring your questions and learn from leading specialists in media representation, with extensive knowledge and expertise extending across newspapers, television, radio, and social media.

Navigating Difficult Conversations to Bridge Cultural Differences – Maureen Walker, PhD (Session 3)
We live in a culture mired in deeply racialized hostility and our relationships are not immune to the feelings and effect of this antagonism. In this workshop we will learn how to recognized the wounds of this cultural disconnection and how to cultivate and nurture inter-cultural relationships in a world marked by cultural divides. The 3 R’s of bridging the cultural differences – Recognizing, Respect and Repair will be reviewed and practiced.




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