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The Office of Risk Management will be hosting a free virtual Youth Programs Symposium on Friday, April 23, 2021
from 8:30 am - 1:00 pm. Join other program leaders and staff as we share inspiration, information and support to conduct successful youth programs at ISU. We'll discuss policies, procedures and best practices; share challenges and successes; and identify the campus services and resources that can help.


Registration is open to youth program leaders, staff and other individuals interested in learning more about youth programming at ISU. Registration for this free, virtual conference closes Monday, April 19. Symposium details, including breakout session options and links to online presentations, will be shared with registered attendees closer to the event.

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Schedule of events

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8:30 - 8:40 amWelcome
8:40 - 9:30 am

Keynote Speaker
Candace Collins, JD Praesidium

University programs offer wonderful opportunities for youth to learn and gain new experiences, but how can ISU ensure our programs fulfill their mission while protecting youth?  Join our keynote speaker to explore how abuse happens in a university setting, emerging trends and issues in national youth protection, how to manage this risk through prevention systems, and how ISU’s team can support a culture of safety.

Speaker Bio
9:35 - 10:20 am

Breakout Sessions

A Closer Look at Prevention: A Conversation with the Keynote
Candace Collins, JD - Praesidium

Join our keynote speaker, Candace Collins, to continue the discussion to explore how this prevention framework can be used to strengthen virtual and hybrid programming plus tips to overcome some of the most common prevention challenges across campus.

School of Hard Knocks: What We Know About Running Youth Events
Camille Schroeder and Nicole Fannin - Engineering Community Outreach

Join us as we share everything we wish someone would have told us about planning events for youth and families.
Hear about how to ensure your event planning is efficient, organized, and youth have fun and are safe.

10:25 - 11:10 am

Breakout Sessions

You're on Mute - Safety and Engagement with Youth in Synchronous Virtual Learning
Gail Castillo, TIllie Good, Mitchell Hoyer and Shelly Ramus - Extension & Outreach 4-H Youth

As face to face learning stopped due to COVID-19, Iowa 4-H quickly geared up to help staff and volunteers learn how to create connections in a virtual world. Safety, hands-on learning, and youth voice and choice continued to be the guiding principles of the work. Join Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth staff to review lessons learned and experience connecting activities in a virtual setting.

What is Clery and Why Should I Care?
Alice Wisner - Department of Public Safety

You've heard about the Clery program, but do you really know what it is about? This presentation will explain the origin of the Clery Act and why it is important for ISU to maintain compliance.

11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Breakout Sessions

Meet Them Where They Are Summer Camps
Camille Schroeder and Nicole Fannin - Engineering Community Outreach

This session will talk about how to host ISU summer camps on and off campus focusing on how to create sustaining partnerships, recruit volunteers, ensure youth protections and eliminate privilege so that all youth have access to ISU through these opportunities.

Go Further with Youth Programs
Sarah DuBois - Program for Women in Science & Engineering

The Go Further Girls STEM Conference moved from an in-person, hands-on event to a virtual format in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. Learn about the failures and successes. Additionally, the organizer took strides to address diversity, inclusion, and equity in the conference and focus on making the conference antiracist.

12:05 - 12:45 pmPanel Discussion - What's Ahead for Youth Programs at ISU

Join staff from the Office of Risk Management, Environmental Health & Safety, and University Counsel’s office as we highlight current considerations and upcoming changes that may impact youth programs at ISU. Panelists will answer previously submitted questions and we’ll continue the conversation with a live Q&A.

12:45 - 1:00 pm

Closing & Door Prizes

Help us recognize speakers and thank attendees for participating in the inaugural Youth Programs Symposium!






















Brandy Cunningham
Youth and Volunteer Programs Manager