Team Workshops


For a printable version of the youth schedule please visit the Team Program page of the website.


Rotating Workshops | Monday, October 20, 9:00 – 12:00 p.m.

Session Times:

  • Session I: 9:00-10:20 am
  • Session II: 10:30-11:50 am

Rotating Workshops Include:

  1. Resources and Resiliency

    Martie Beck, Education Specialist, Community Action 

    Being stuck in poverty is often related to missing pieces. This workshop will allow youth to explore what resources are needed and what resources are present when trying to achieve a goal. Using tools from the Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World curriculum, youth will evaluate their own resources and create a plan to build other resources.

  2. Building Your Team’s Action Plan

    Adrian Ruiz, Executive Director, Youth Development Network and James Damiani, Youth Leadership Program Coordinator, Youth Development Network

    This workshop will focus on strengths using a team environment. Youth will look at local conditions (based on data) to understand problems, and build an action plan. Youth will walk away from the workshop with a plan or at least a rough draft of a plan, and each individual in the team will know what their role is in the plan.

  3. Making a Difference Through Powerful Communications

    Sean Chavez, Communications Manager, Battle Ground Public Schools; Shane Gardner, Community Outreach Sergeant, Clark County Sheriff’s Office

    Community change happens through powerful communication. This interactive workshop will support development in leadership, community outreach and public speaking. Youth will walk away with skills on how to share their story based on identified values, make impactful statements, and understand the power of their voice in the community.

 Youth Leadership and Networking Workshop | Monday, October 20, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Session Times:

  • Session I: 1:30-2:30 pm – Catalyst: Scott Backovich, Scott Backovich Productions
  • Session II: 2:30-3:30 pm – The Rafael Tranquilino Band
  • Session III: 3:30-4:30 pm – Secret Support: Scott Backovich, Scott Backovich Productions

Workshops Include:


Scott Backovich, Scott Backovich Productions

Every student has the power to influence their world in some way, shape, or form. Before changing anything, though, each student must undoubtedly recognize that the world in which they live is not perfect. Regardless of the situation, the only way students will truly change their circumstances is if they decide to be a catalyst—someone who changes the status quo.

The Rafael Tranquilino Band

Rafael Tranquilino, Guitar, Vocals; Leah Tussing, Vocals; Farko Dosumov, Bass; Ivan Gunderson, Drums

The Rafael Tranquilino Band is active in supporting their local community and region through  service and youth mentorship. The band uses their music and industry knowledge to raise money for many causes including stolen instrument recovery, Pierce County food banks, the Oso slide disaster, breast cancer research, and the Brian Redman Scholarship fund. The band is currently working with the Meadowdale High School Music Booster club of the Edmonds School District to teach and mentor students, as well as raise funds for their school music programs. The band provides school workshops to youth on the knowledge that has been handed down by their instructors and how they can actively apply that knowledge in the real world. Together they will provide a collaborative learning workshop on real world application of knowledge, the importance of setting goals, avoiding barriers to success, and following your dreams at the 2014 Prevention Summit.

Secret Support

Scott Backovich, Scott Backovich Productions

This session has one goal—to help make your world better. In this participation-based workshop, students will learn about the various challenges that others constantly face around them. From issues of self-worth and self-image to feelings of insecurity and loneliness, students must first realize that they are not alone in the struggles they face. While many workshops give students the tools and resources to be active leaders on their campuses, very few force them to act immediately By the workshop’s end, students will find themselves actively engaging with others to help, taking part in an act of service that you must see to believe!

Identify the Magic (Debrief) | Monday, October 20, 4:30-5:45 p.m.

Brad Barton, Certified Professional Keynote Speaker, NCAA Academic and Athletic All-American, President of the National Speakers Association, Mountain West Chapter

Enjoy an interactive, thought-provoking and magical debrief of your conference day. Come prepared to participate as we bring it all together and identify the magic you can bring back to your community.

Workshops | Tuesday, October 21, 9:10 – 11:00 a.m.

Session Times:

  • Session I: 9:10 – 10:00 am
  • Session II: 10:10 – 11:00 am

Workshops Include:

Tobacco & Alternatives

Jessica L. Alvestad, B.S. Public Health, Youth Tobacco Prevention, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department (TPCHD); Luis Perez; Brauilo Garcia

This workshop is designed to educate youth on the risks of tobacco and alternative products. Youth know that smoking cigarettes is harmful to health but the effects of new products are unknown. This is a fun presentation for you to figure out what are myths and what are facts!

Today’s Marijuana: It’s Just Weed, Right?

Cristal Connelly, CPP, BA, Youth Tobacco and Marijuana Prevention Education Coordinator, Washington State Department of Health

It’s just weed, right? A natural plant that grows from the ground? Nobody has ever died from overdosing, so how much harm can it really be? Come join me in a discussion on “Today’s Marijuana” and answer these questions for yourself.

Bystander Into Advocate: Social Media Uprising

Meja Handlen, Social Services Community & Health Services Contracts Coordinator, Lewis County Public Health & Social Services; Vincent Perez, Latino Outreach Coordinator, Association of Washington Student Leaders

Have you ever seen a post, chat, or text that just made you cringe…of course you have. Every few seconds someone in the social media world steps into the role of either victim or perpetrator. Are you interested in creating a positive lasting impression that makes positive healthy social changes, or just a bystander? With interactive engagement this session will give you strategies and techniques on how to really make “We Media” more about uplifting versus downgrading the social media landscape. Come be a part of a positive uprising and make your social branding work for you!

Health and Wellness is Like a Balloon: Sometimes it’s Full and Sometimes it Needs Some Air

Theresa C. Mahar, Mental Health Ombuds for Grays Harbor County, Family Member and Instructor for Mental Health First Aid for Adults and Youth

This workshop will explore the relationship between a healthy body and a healthy mind. Physical, emotional, social, and mental health and wellness will be discussed. Youth will participate in an activity using balloons to further demonstrate the process of creating a healthy mind and body.

What Are Opiates And Why Are We Talking About Them?

Scott McCarty, Prevention System Project Manager, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery

Washington State has seen an uptick in youth abuse of prescription opiates and heroin over the last few years. This presentation will help bring clarity to what opiates are, how they work, and explain why we are talking about the abuse of them.

Is This Love? Knowing What’s Healthy (And What’s Not)

Cynthia M. Morrison, MA ABS, Manager, Adolescent Health Program, Washington State Department of Health

It can be hard to recognize an unhealthy or abusive relationship when you’re in love. However, 10 to 30% of teens are in unhealthy romantic relationships that may include physical, emotional, verbal and sexual abuse. In this workshop, participants will learn the signs of healthy, unhealthy and abusive relationships and what to do if they or a friend need help.