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National Resource Center for Youth Services: Teen Conference


The Best is Yet to Come!

Each year, Oklahoma teens in foster care come together to set goals for their future, make connections, and have fun!

This year we'll be focusing on harnessing the power of hope. Participants will work together through a variety of challenges to set goals, identify pathways they will need to navigate to reach those goals, and sustain their motivation along the way!

The future will be better than today, and you have the power to make it so!

Marcus Guinn, Emcee / Keynote Speaker

Marcus Anthony Guinn (emcee one) is a member of the Osage & Potawatomi Nations of Oklahoma. Marcus is an EMCEE, DJ, Youth Advocate, and National Speaker. Currently an official DJ for Nike N7, International DJ/Tour Support for Taboo (The Black Eyed Peas), MTV Video Music Award Winner, member of the group #Mag7, President of One Innertainment Inc., and co-founder of an outreach program called One Chance Leadership.

Things to Know


Eligible Youth**: Oklahoma youth aged 16-17 who are currently in OKDHS or Tribal custody.

Adult Sponsor*: Child Welfare staff, tribal workers, youth workers, resource parents, or volunteers who work with eligible youth.

*An adult sponsor can bring up to three youth although a 2:1 ratio often allows for the best experience. Per University of Oklahoma guidelines, youth must be in the line of sight of an adult sponsor while on campus.


Two and a half days of small group learning experiences, entertainment, free time activities, and opportunities to have fun with your peers and adult sponsor!

Adults and youth are expected to fully participate in all conference activities and experiences.


Participants should plan to arrive on Wednesday, June 21st at 11:00 a.m.

The conference ends on Friday, June 23rd at 1:00 p.m.

A full agenda will be available after registration opens.


University of Oklahoma
1704 Asp Avenue
Norman, OK 73072

All participants will stay on campus in an OU dormitory. All meals will be included. Activities will be campus wide with most occurring at the Thurman J. White Forum Building.


Because teens need to experience connection with others, opportunities to prepare for adulthood, and increase their hope for the future!

The goal of the Oklahoma Teen Conference is to help youth in Oklahoma foster care get these needs met by creating a space that is safe, supportive, and engaging for both youth and adults.

How excited are you to attend Teen Conference?

The University of Oklahoma OUTREACH National Resource Center for Youth Services
Schusterman Center | 4502 E. 41st St., Bldg 4W, Tulsa OK 74135-2512 | (800) 274-2687

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