Check out the Symposium’s three post conference workshops. Space is limited.


Relationships Matter:
Navigating Adolescent Relationships

9 am to 3 pm
Wednesday, April 18
Cost: $100 by January 31, 2018

This workshop will share research on the importance of relationships in adolescent development, including with peers, parents, and romantic partners. Attendees will explore relationship education programs (including data violence programs) and social emotional learning programs and examine four approaches (developmental, reframing, drawing from literature, youth voice).

Speakers will share how to add relationship content to existing programming, as well as discuss social media and its influence on relationship development.

Attendees will practice addressing common and sensitive relationship questions from youth in a way to preserve autonomy and receive resources for promoting quality relationships.

How to Be a Better Advocate:
Crafting and Telling Your Story

9 am to 3 pm
Wednesday, April 18
Cost: $100 by January 31, 2018

Policymakers at all levels make regular decisions that have the potential to impact you, your community and your organization. An effective advocacy plan can help you be a part of the conversation, influence their decision-making process and achieve your policy goals.

Advocacy is a series of well-planned and effectively executed communications activities. Thus, in this workshop we will help you identify your policy goals and craft an advocacy plan that includes the right audience, the right message and the right communications vehicles to deliver it.

We will outline a strong foundation of essential communication skills and provide some practical tools for how to communicate their story effectively. Because people learn by doing, not just hearing, we will work to make the sessions interactive with opportunities to practice newly found skills. 

Participants will walk away feeling more confident and capable of delivering their message to the media, with key stakeholders and policymakers, and to any other audiences they encounter.

Design Thinking in
Teen Pregnancy Prevention

Two-Days: 8 am to 5 pm
Wednesday, April 18 & Thursday, April 19
Cost: $200 by January 31, 2018 (includes both days)

This can’t miss professional development opportunity hosted by Texas A&M University’s iTP3 team is designed to provide public health, health education, and social work professionals with hands-on experience applying design thinking to teen pregnancy prevention.

Design thinking is a practical, creative, and fast-paced process for solving problems. Rooted in empathy, design thinking begins with developing a deep understanding of the end user and the core problems that need to be addressed. Another unique feature of design thinking is its ability to promote new ways of thinking and exploring new alternatives, often resulting in solutions that were not previously evident!

Over the course of this two-day post conference workshop, participants will work together through a guided design thinking process to gain a deeper understanding of teen pregnancy within their community and begin exploring potential solutions.

A limited number of scholarships are available for this two-day workshop. Please indicate your interest in applying during the registration process.