“I work with young people and I’m in the hope manufacturing business. My job is to hold hope in places where hope has long since ceased to exist.”
Dr. Kenneth V. Hardy, YAR 2017 Keynote speaker
The Youth at Risk Conference needs your help!
Do you like what the Youth at Risk program has provided? If so, help us to continue to offer this conference to the community of professionals serving children, youth, and families in the North Shore/Cape Ann and Merrimack Valley. Through your donations, we can make this possible!
- Support the annual Youth at Risk conference, the only program of its kind in the region
- Continue to offer CEUs and PDPs at no cost to attendees.
- Expand our efforts to provide more education, support and collaborative networking opportunities throughout the year.
Who and What
Youth at Risk (YAR) conference is the region’s only annual all-day conference for professionals who work with at-risk youth. The event features over 30 workshops, as well as keynote speakers, program exhibitions and networking opportunities. Continuing education credits are awarded in the following: EEC, CAFL, LMFT, LMHC, NASW, NLN.
The Essex County Community Foundation established the YAR conference in 2000 as a response to the need for increased collaboration and coordination among the many providers of services to at-risk youth in and around Essex County. As of 2015, Salem State has taken over the program and pledges to carry on the YAR mission of trainings and outreach. The conference remains an amazing opportunity to tap the wealth of expertise in Essex County on the topic of youth at risk. It continues to be a one-of-a-kind and most anticipated annual event.
The Youth at Risk mission is to support communities of professionals serving children, youth, and families and to provide them with affordable continuing education and collaborative networking opportunities.