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June 14/15 - Century City Conference Centre
June 16 - Kirstenbosch Conference Centre (transportation available)
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Thursday, June 15 • 08:00 - 09:30
Recipe for Resilience: Creative community and global collaborations to nurture marginalized youth - Dorienne J. Silva, Séamus Mannion, Diana Matteson, Caroline Marie Petrilla

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Recipe for Resilience: Creative community and global collaborations to nurture marginalized youth

Presenters: Dorienne  J. Silva, Séamus Mannion, Diana Matteson, Caroline Marie Petrilla
This workshop looks at building resilience among high risk  youth populations through both community-based and cross cultural interventions. First, we look at the components, implementation, and outcomes of a strength-based wraparound advocacy service model that creates family and community supports. Second, we address the successes and challenges of the international adaptions of this service model.A third paper explores the world-wide youth advocacy opportunities of the Latin American born Street Soccer Movement in building resilience. Finally, we look at the systemic integration of restorative justice initiatives to help youth offenders, and the people and communities they impact,  heal and grow stronger.

Symposium Abstracts
Developing Resilience and the Maintenance of Well being in Young People and their Families in the Presence of Adversity
Presenter: 
Dorienne Silva (Youth Advocate Programs, Inc., USA)
Co-Authors: Caroline Marie Petrilla, Diana Matteson, Séamus Mannion  
Introduction: Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. provides  community-based support services  and builds opportunity  bridges for high risk youth/families, in line with International strategies, to help  them overcome structural disadvantages, integrate successfully within their families and communities, and lead productive lives.  We propose analyzing the individual and societal benefits/challenges of our community-based Model. 
Methods: The YAP Wraparound Advocate Model combines Wraparound/Mentoring/Family Support/Positive Youth Development/Restorative Justice. Its strength-based approach provides  client-driven, individually-crafted interventions to youth/adults marginalized as a result of family/social/economic/cultural/physical/mental challenges with the majority being  minority low-income. A culturally-competent, locally-recruited, trained and paid Advocate  builds a trusting relationship that impacts the attitudes/behaviors/outcomes sought. The Advocate helps the young person navigate through unique, ingrained, complex and oftentimes generational challenges through jointly developing an Individualized Service Plan(ISP)  tailored to the family's needs. Through a flexible schedule with 24/7 availability as needed,  identified resiliencies needed for sustainable growth and success are pursued.   Community networking/connectivity is key. 
Findings: US/Ireland/Australia evaluations: Outcome Measurement/Service Delivery Monitoring/Family Satisfaction/Integrity Compliance. Eleven external evaluations: greater residential stability/lower arrests; reductions - risks/needs; improvements - quality of life/education/community-connectivity/social behavior. Ireland's  NUI Maynooth longitudinal-evaluation: "...significant positive outcomes for the young people participating in the YAP Ireland Programme;" European Commission-sponsored-study identified YAP as a "good practice." (http://www.yapinc.org/evidence) 

 "The International Adaptation of Youth Advocate Program's Model to Strengthen Marginalized Youth and Families through Creative Community Collaborations" 
Presenter: Séamus Mannion (Youth Advocate Programs, Inc., USA)
Co-Authors: Dorienne  J. Silva, Caroline Marie Petrilla, Diana Matteson 
Introduction: This paper explores the journey, challenges  and successes  of the international adaptation of the service model and principles of a U.S. based non- profit youth advocacy organization,  Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. (YAP), in three very different venues: Ireland, Australia and Guatemala. 
Methods: Community interest/engagement, cultural competence, clear and respectful communication, and an inherently-flexible program model are key in working with international like-minded-organizations in  effectuating  responsive, viable and sustainable community-based supports for high-risk youth/young people. Program development , particularly across borders, is not an off-the-shelf operation; each community's needs and strengths are unique.  Fundamentally, local  stakeholders must actively seek community-based programming and participate in all decision-making.  This ensures  allegiance to local mores, customs, practices and laws. This paper will explore how a  flexible Service Model,  coupled with a true collaborative approach, culminated in successful community-based programs for marginalized youth/families on three different continents.
Findings: US/Ireland/Australia evaluations: Outcome Measurement/Service Delivery Monitoring/Family Satisfaction/Integrity Compliance. Eleven external evaluations: greater residential stability/lower arrests; reductions - risks/needs; improvements - quality of life/education/community-connectivity/social behavior. Ireland's  NUI Maynooth longitudinal-evaluation: "...significant positive outcomes for the young people participating in the YAP Ireland Programme;" European Commission-sponsored-study identified YAP as a "good practice." (http://www.yapinc.org/evidence)  

Youth Embracing Hope and Transcending Barriers: Street Soccer Cultivates Respect, Solidarity and Collaboration on and off the Field  
Presenter: Diana Matteson (Youth Advocate Programs, Inc., USA)
Co-Authors: Dorienne  J. Silva, Caroline Marie Petrilla, Séamus Mannion  
Introduction: Paper examines role of Latin American launched Street  Soccer Movement, collective of world-wide organizations, to promote inclusion/development of youth living in vulnerable situations. Street soccer methodology is geared to recover human values. Participants agree to play in self-regulated space-cooperatively establishing  framework of respect.  Embraced by YAP as instrument of change.
Methods: Participants set playing rules/cultivate communication skills/improve understanding of positive values. Equal numbers of girls and boys play on mixed teams. First period, players sit in circle and set rules with supportive mediator facilitating discussion. All players agree to abide by values of respect, solidarity and collaboration - reaching consensus on additional rules (e.g. no violence). The second period is the game. The third period both teams return to mediation circle- discuss if rules were respected. Points are based on whether values were maintained and on goals scored. Players talk about the game; resolve disputes. Close with celebration of shared victory. 
Findings: Street soccer builds stronger, healthier, happier and safer communities. Creates opportunities for vulnerable youth, ages 6-18, to learn skills, develop confidence, enhance self-esteem and reduce apathy which triggers at-risk behavior. It contributes to well-being ,obesity prevention and empowerment.  Provides give-back opportunities/community connectivity.  Outcome Measurements/Evaluation efforts past, present and future reviewed. 

Mending lives and Reducing recidivism:  Role of NGOs and Service organizations in supporting community-based Restorative Justice Initiatives involving High-risk Youth
Presenter: Caroline Marie Petrilla (Youth Advocate Programs, Inc., USA)
Co-Authors: Dorienne J. Silva, Galen Sylk
Introduction: This paper looks at internationally implemented restorative justice initiatives with a focus on variations of juvenile offender-victim mediation programs.  It examines how service organizations can support these initiatives to nurture healing in victimized communities, build youth offenders’ resilience and reduce recidivism.
Methods: Juvenile offender-victim mediation programs focus on healing for the victim, youth offender and community by creating reconciliation opportunities.  Negative behaviors and consequences are intimately related, shared, and experienced empowering the youth and victims within the process. NGOs serving youth in need are uniquely positioned to advocate for such programs, support the meaningful participation of youth and families in the process, increase restitution compliance, and provide supplemental options such as community give-back for restitution.  This paper explores existing restorative justice working relationships among service organizations and juvenile justice systems. It suggests other possible collaborations that can benefit underserved youth and communities.
Findings: There is research relating restorative justice initiatives, including victim and juvenile offender mediation programs, to enhanced victim and youth satisfaction, increased restitution compliance, increased resilience among youth offenders, and reduced recurrence of offensive behavior. This paper addresses potential roles of community-based, youth service organizations in increasing availability of these benefits. ...

Speakers
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Seamus Mannion

International development consultant, Youth Advocate Programs, Inc.
Working internationally to promote community based alternatives to institutionalisation of youth. Have succeeded in policy transfer of a Youth Advocate Model from USA to Ireland, Sweden & Australia. Currently talking to NGOs in Portugal and Bulgaria
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Diana Matteson

Director of International Programs and Development, Youth Advocate Programs, Inc
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Caroline M. Petrilla

Special Projects Coordinator/Mediator, Youth Advocate Programs, Inc.
Hi! I have 30 years’ experience in the public and nonprofit sectors effectuating positive change in the Alternative Dispute Resolution, social justice and human services arenas. I work directly with the Deputy CEO of Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. developing, supporting and pro... Read More →
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Dorienne Silva

Deputy CEO/International Relations, Youth Advocate Programs, Inc.


Thursday June 15, 2017 08:00 - 09:30
Room 09 Century City Conference Centre

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