In addition to a selection of engaging breakout sessions, Symposium participants will all have the opportunity to learn from the following three general sessions.
Secure Your Own Mask First! (Thursday, 8 a.m.)
This keynote session is intended to be fun, informative, action packed and high energy. The attendees are the key ingredients for the preparation of 30 percent of the population that becomes 100 percent of our future. As we prepare adolescents to compete in a global economy, as the flight attendant would say…”in case of emergency, take care of yourself, then help others.” Meaningful movement, passion, purpose, and brain development will be feature ingredients of this session.
Participants will be reminded of the necessity for energy and influence and how to pass “it” on to adolescents. Get the opportunity to participate in a “high energy” session that will leave you laughing, learning, and energize, and be reminded of ways to maintain and/or regain their energy and enthusiasm as the year progresses.
Sexual Health: What it “looks like” and what it “sounds like” (Thursday, 12:45 p.m.)
This interactive plenary session will explore the many “whys” behind our work with adolescents. It will ask participants to identify the qualities and characteristics of a “sexually healthy” individual and how we can engender these qualities and characteristics in the adolescents with whom we work. An advice letter will be used as a vehicle to encourage participants to think about what it means to be “sex positive” in our interactions with young people, as well as what a “sex positive” response to a provocative situation might look and sound like.
At the close of this session, participants will be able to:
- List qualities and characteristics of a sexually healthy individual
- Define what it means to be “sex positive”
- Respond in a “sex positive” way to a provocative situation involving an adolescent
Health Education in the United States and Wisconsin: Current Status and Future Directions (Friday, 8 a.m.)
New HIV infections are occurring more among young people age 13–29 than among any other age group. Students are profoundly impacted by school and community violence, mental health, and uncertainties related to poverty. This session will provide a review of the data to help you determine how you can be a change agent in reducing health-related barriers to learning.
This presentation will provide participants with:
- Three key strategies to promote prevention in schools
- Sources for obtaining national and state HIV/AIDS, other STD, and adolescent risk data
- Three action steps to reduce health-related barriers to learning in your school-community