6th Gathering Conference Recordings

Conference Recordings

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To view the full agenda and session descriptions, including speaker bios and additional information on their work, please view the event program.

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The opening session welcomes attendees, introduces the vision and themes for this event, shares the event acknowledgments and group agreements, provides an overview of More Resilient Minnesota and the Tribal NEAR and Community Wisdom Project, and orients attendees to the upcoming sessions, webpage, and join links for the event.

The Keynote – Honoring and Celebrating Youth Voices: Past, Present, and Future with Donte Curtis from Catch Your Dreams Consulting: Youth have always been at the forefront of change; demanding that we are creating a just and equitable world. We look to the past to see what lessons we can learn from young people to be applied in 2023 and beyond. You leave this keynote experience fired up with action steps and inspiration to celebrate youth today and we will do some imagining as to what is possible for the future.



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Interested in learning how to engage youth, but don’t know where to start? How do you build youth and adult partnerships in community decision-making? In this session, we hear from the organization REACH whose mission is to provide learning and leadership through youth-adult partnerships in Carlton County. We learn from students about key issues facing their community and engage in small group discussions.

Recognize touchpoints for community wellness: focus on thriving and growth. Rngage in understanding beyond data points… work to build a wellness and growth culture and being.

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This session includes introductions of Collaborative Coordinators and FamilyWise staff, provides an overview of Collaboratives and More Resilient Minnesota, highlights More Resilient Minnesota Resources (including the Collaborative Coordinator Portal/Slack, More Resilient Minnesota webpage, 100 Cups of Coffee Videos/Toolkit, recordings, and related resources, Paper Tigers and Resilience Regional Licenses, and the lending library), share about the more Resilient Minnesota application process, and Becky Dale will share a new resource – Guide to Creating Community Resiliency Plans.

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Curious about the WHAT, WHY and HOW of Youth Engagement? At this breakout session, you hear from Marnita’s Table, Suburban Ramsey Family Collaborative (SRFC), and our Youth Advisors on why youth inclusion and leadership are so important to authentic community engagement.  You learn about Marnita’s Table Intentional Social Interaction (IZI) model and how youth are critical to the model’s success.  You also learn about key touchpoints of the model that make the difference for youth to develop relationships across differences, feel safe and affirmed so they can speak truth, and gain a sense of belonging to begin to build trust. You hear what it really takes to honor and engage youth authentically while growing a sustainable practice that remains Youth-Led /Youth-Engaged. Get practical advice that you can use immediately.  In addition to sharing advice and examples, we reveal the honest challenges and the growth opportunities that come with them.

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The Minnesota Student Survey is a survey of young people conducted statewide every three years. Minnesota communities are starting to dig into their 2022 results. During this session, we share what we have learned about the state of young people’s wellbeing. This includes trends for ACEs, mental health, substance use, and measures of resilience—the good news and the not-so-good news. We also highlight three unique approaches Minnesota communities are using to engage young people in discussing and making meaning of the MSS results. These include youth advisory boards, youth data summits, and data parties.

Hear shared stories of successes and what works to bring out the best in tribal youth on the Leech Lake Reservation.

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The closing session shares the FamilyWise Family Wellbeing Index, provides a mini-skills workshop offered by Peacemaker Resources focused on self-care through Social Emotional Learning, shares a participant photo slideshow and survey, creates a word cloud, and offer closing words.