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National Youth-at-Risk West Conference set for Oct. 26-28 in San Antonio

Georgia Southern’s College of Education, Division of Continuing Education and Youth Today have partnered to bring the National Youth-at-Risk West Conference to San Antonio, Texas, October 26-28.

Conference participants will be trained to create safe, healthy, caring and intellectually empowering environments that foster the well-being of all children and adolescents. The conference will give participants the opportunity to experience the latest research, teaching methods and tools for working with at-risk youth populations.

The conference will feature five different strands including Rural Settings, Urban Settings, School Climate, ESOL Programs, and a new strand this year, Juvenile Justice. The Juvenile Justice strand is focused on prevention and the integration of youth into school settings and other topics concerning justice for youth-at-risk.

Steven Edwards, Ph.D., will be the keynote speaker for the conference. Edwards is a leader nationally recognized by USA Today for his innovative approach to education. He has successfully implemented numerous programs to improve student performance during his 16-year tenure as a school administrator. Edwards has been instrumental in helping countless school districts tailor similar programs with positive, far-reaching results. In addition, Edwards is an internationally recognized keynote speaker, facilitator and trainer regularly featured as a content expert on television and radio including appearances on CNN, addressing topics such as 21st Century teaching and learning, school climate, and educational reform for a globalized world.

Other speakers for the conference can be found at

The National Youth-At-Risk West Conference is calling all people interested in the wellbeing of youth to attend. This includes, but is not limited to, teachers of all levels, principals and assistant principals, school counselors and psychologists, health and human service counselors and personnel, criminal justice professionals, business and community leaders, volunteer service providers, marriage and family therapists, public health professionals, and social workers.
For more information on the conference, or to register, visit

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers 118 degree programs serving 20,673 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered and hands-on approach to education. Visit


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