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Wednesday, October 16 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Youth and Justice in the City

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The Opening Session highlighted the progress Chicago has made for its youth, which can be attributed to many factors, ranging from early childhood services, quality principals in schools, and programs that help youth to get back on track and into employment.   Too often, systems serving youth are ill-equipped to build the skills necessary for success in school and life.   Because no one single intervention is sufficient, in this session, participants will learn about the innovative programs happening in Chicago and how they have been successful in recognizing and developing the assets of young people to help them better realize their potential.

Participants will engage in conversation with representatives from several different organizations. Each of these organizations bring a unique perspective and approach to working with young children and youth who are at risk of being failed by one or more systems or institutions.

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Marshaun Bacon

Becoming A Man (BAM) Replication Specialist, Youth Guidance
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Laura Ramirez

Executive Director, Chicago Freedom School
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Diana Rauner

President, The Ounce of Prevention Fund
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Brandon Thorne

Senior Program Officer, W. Clement & Jessie V. Stone Foundation
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Wednesday October 16, 2019 2:30pm - 4:00pm CDT
Addison Room, 4th Floor Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, 540 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago IL 60611