NH DHHS - NH Foster Youth Convene For Independent Living Conference

“Taking Charge of the Game of LIFE”

Concord, NH – Youth from around the State will gather tomorrow, Thursday, August 11 for the 7th Annual Division for Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) and Division of Juvenile Justice Services (DJJS) Teen Conference. The daylong conference is designed for youth ages 14 – 20 currently in or adopted from state care. The Upreach Therapeutic Riding Center will provide icebreaker and team building activities. The keynote address will once again be an improvisational performance called “Gorilla Theater.”

There will be a number of workshops geared toward providing youth with helpful information on topics such as choosing a career path, obtaining an apartment, navigating the college admissions process and healthy relationships. There will also be an opportunity for youth to learn independent living skills in an interactive scavenger hunt activity. In addition the youth can learn about key resources to assist them as they transition into adulthood. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Deputy Commissioner Mary Ann Cooney and DCYF/DJJS Director Maggie Bishop will speak at the Conference. There will be a talent show and an awards ceremony honoring youth and adults for their positive impact on youth in foster care.

The conference begins at 8:30 AM in the Hartman Union Building known as the “HUB” at Plymouth State University in Plymouth.

EVENT: 7th Annual DCYF Teen Conference

“Taking Charge of the Game of LIFE”

WHEN: Thursday, August 11, 2011 8:30 AM

WHERE: Plymouth State University
                Plymouth, New Hampshire