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'Poverty Simulation Training' Available at 18th Annual Adolescents and Families Conference

RELEASED: March 15, 2006

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, UW-Superior and UW-Extension have cooperated to make "Poverty Simulation Training" available as a pre-conference option at the 18th Annual Adolescents and Families Conference to be held April 19-21 at the Lakewoods Resort in Cable.

"Poverty Simulation Training" will be offered on Wednesday, April 19, from 8:20-11:30 a.m. The Adolescents and Families Conference begins at 1 p.m. the same day. The simulation offers participants the opportunity to sensitize themselves to the realities faced by people who have limited resources. The simulation requires participants to provide basic necessities and shelter for their "families" for one "month" (consists of four 15-minute "weeks") by accessing a representation of community resources and services including a bank, church food pantry, employment office and currency exchange. Participants also will encounter a police officer, utility collector and "illegal activities" person. More information and registration options for this training can be found at www.uwec.edu/ce/adolfam/preconference.htm.

The 18th Annual Adolescents and Families conference, "Transforming Communities by Seeing Ourselves in Others," is designed for educators, social workers, school and community counselors, mental health and other health care professionals, resource officers, youth workers, substance abuse counselors, community resource coordinators, domestic abuse advocates, law enforcement personnel, and others interested in positive youth development.

The conference features keynote speaker Dr. Julie Keown-Bomar, Family Living Educator for UW-Extension, who develops grass roots educational programs to improve the quality of life for families in Eau Claire County. Her presentation "Dismantling the 'ISMs' from the Inside Out," will focus on awareness and action starting with the individual.

Other conference topics include Asset Building and Public Health; The Culture of Poverty; Empowering Youth as Resources; Highlights of the 2005 Youth Risk Behavior Survey; Intercultural Leadership Initiative; Meeting the Educational Needs of Hmong in Wisconsin; Navigating the Resource Roadmap; Peer to Peer Training; The Teen Brain; Transitional Housing for the Homeless and their Children; Understanding Adolescent Self-Injury; Ways to Address Bullying and Harassment; Wisconsin Drug Endangered Children Program; Update of Methamphetamine in Wisconsin; Alternative Education Programs for At-Risk Youth 16-24; and Youth Suicide Prevention.

The conference fee is $175 and includes instruction; materials; 1.3 CEUs for participants who attend the entire conference; Wednesday dinner; Thursday breakfast and lunch; Friday breakfast and all refreshment breaks. The fee for the "Poverty Simulation Training" pre-conference option is $30. A one graduate credit option for the conference is available. The registration deadline is April 1; registrations received after this date will be accepted on a space available basis. Early registration is encouraged.

To register, or for more information, contact UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education at (715) 836-3636 or toll-free (866) 893-2423, or e-mail ce@uwec.edu.

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