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Youth Thrive™: Protective and Promotive Factors for Healthy Development and Well-Being
November 12–13, 2019
OUHSC Robert Bird Library
1105 North Stonewall Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73117
Falen LeBlanc, MSW
Assistant Director, NRCYS
Falen LeBlanc has been supporting foster youth through advocacy and program development for over 15 years. During her time as an Independent Living Program Specialist for the state of Idaho, her innovation and passion helped make Idaho a model program for supporting transition-aged foster youth. Falen brings that same level of passion and experience to the National Resource Center for Youth Services, where she directs the Oklahoma Successful Adulthood program, sharing her expertise in the areas of transition to adulthood, positive youth development, and cultural responsiveness through program consultation and training. Falen earned her master’s degree in social work from Northwest Nazarene University.
Amanda Aunko, BA
Program Development Specialist, National Resource Center for Youth Services
Amanda has dedicated her career to public service while coordinating programs to advance and empower young people through roles with Workforce Oklahoma, Girl Scouts of Colorado, and the Community Service Council. She works with transition-aged youth to provide housing, educational, and employment supports to youth exiting foster care. Amanda focuses on building relationships with housing authorities, service providers, and landlords in order to connect former foster youth to stable housing opportunities. She earned a bachelor degree in business administration from Oklahoma State University.
Edgar O'Neal, BS
Senior Program Development Specialist , NRCYS
Edgar has extensive experience in talent and event management and currently oversees event and outreach projects for the OKSA program such as the Oklahoma Teen Conference, professional development training, and life skills development events. He has a passion for helping child welfare workers improve their work with transition-aged youth. Edgar has direct and supervisory experience in both child welfare investigations and permanency planning. Edgar holds a bachelor degree in entertainment business from Full Sail University in Winterpark, Florida.
This engaging, competency-based training helps build capacity and gain a deeper understanding of how to support the well-being of adolescents through:
- Utilizing strengths-based support
- Providing positive, nurturing interactions
- Creating growth-minded experiences
- Understanding the impacts of implicit bias, structural racism, intersectionality, power, and privilege on the young person's life, as well as on the lives of the adults working with them
Accommodations on the basis of disability are available by contacting Danielle Harbinger at (918) 660-3700 as soon as possible.
Registration for this event is now closed.
November 12, 2019
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
November 13, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.