Child Welfare League of America

Opening General Session

Welcome from CWLA Leadership- Children Today... America's Future!

Christine James-Brown
   CWLA President and CEO

Ross E. Wales
   CWLA Board Chair

Zuline Gray Wilkinson,
   CWLA National Conference Planning Committee Chair

Larry Brendtro,
   Keynote Speaker

Dance Performance by After School AKAdemy

In 2000, CWLA member agency Family & Children's Services of Central Maryland helped form After School AKAdemy, an educational partnership with schools in neighborhoods of Baltimore City. The program uses the arts, mentoring, and tutoring to provide girls with the skills necessary to navigate successfully through middle school and transition to high school. Since its inception, the program has served over 200 at-risk middle school girls. Come see this talented group perform at the Opening General Session!

The Resilience Revolution!

Come take part in a strengthbased movement of professionals, parents, and policy leaders. Resilience science develops successful strategies for reaching challenging children and youth by building trust, talent, responsibility, and respect. Larry Brendtro is the founder of Reclaiming Youth International and former president of Starr Commonwealth, serving troubled youth in Michigan and Ohio. He holds a PhD in Education and Psychology from the University of Michigan, is a licensed psychologist, and has taught in the area of behavior disorders at the University of Illinois, The Ohio State University, and Augustana College. Brendtro, who is editor of the journal Reclaiming Children and Youth, serves on the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and has trained youth professionals worldwide.

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