NH DHHS - NH Foster Youth to Convene In Manchester for Independent Living Conference

Concord, NH – More than 100 youth between 14 and 23 who are currently or

were formerly in State care will participate in Sports: You Miss 100% of

the Shots That You Don’t Take, the 11th annual Teen Conference on Thursday,

August 6, 2015.

Hosted by the NH Department of Health and Human Services’ Division for

Children, Youth and Families (DCYF), the conference is an all-day learning

experience designed to address the unique needs of older adolescents making

the transition from “out of home care” to adulthood and independence. The

conference will be held at Manchester Community College in Manchester, New


This year’s keynote presentation will be provided by Corey, a former youth

in care, who will share his experiences of being in foster care and the

important life lessons he learned along the way. Throughout the day, youth

attendees will participate in educational workshops on how to obtain a

college degree, get a job, choose a career, find permanency, earn and

budget money, be a self-advocate and avoid unhealthy relationships. All

workshops will be co-facilitated by current and former youth in care in

order to incorporate a youth perspective. Attendees will also be able to

play Granite City, a “life on your own” simulation game designed to teach

young people how to access community resources to help overcome obstacles

they may encounter as they transition into adulthood.

The conference will also feature a presentation by DCYF Director Lorraine

Bartlett, a talent show, and key resources to assist youth in foster care.

Co-sponsors of the event include the University of New Hampshire Center for

Professional Excellence in Child Welfare, DCYF’s Adolescent Program and the

NH Youth Voices (DCYF Youth Advisory Board).

EVENT: 11th Annual DCYF Teen Conference

Sports: You Miss 100% of the Shots that

You Don’t Take

WHEN: Thursday, August 6, 2015

8:30 AM

WHERE: Manchester Community College

1066 Front Street

Manchester, New Hampshire

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