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Training Institutes

The University of Maryland, Baltimore Training Institutes will be held July 25-28, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

RockStar Youth Leadership Track

The RockStar Youth Leadership Track is a unique series of learning opportunities offered throughout The Training Institutes which supports youth and young adults in increasing their capacity and knowledge to advocate for systems and social change. The track also offers the opportunity to help adults understand how to create a shared space and mutual respect and understanding with youth in their own communities. The program is led by Youth MOVE National and a team of young adults in collaboration with the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Isaiah Pickens is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leader, an American Psychological Association Early Career Achievement Awardee and was awarded the Black Enterprise BE Modern Man for his contributions to the field of psychology. Dr. Pickens (licensed clinical psychologist) serves as the Assistant Director of the Service Systems Program at the UCLA-Duke National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (NCCTS), the coordinating site of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). Dr. Pickens is also a Steering Committee member of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges’ (NCJFCJ) and Office for Victims of Crime’s (OVC) Vision 21: Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth and has publications that address trauma-informed approaches to juvenile justice and school settings.

Nancy Lublin is the Founder and CEO of Crisis Text Line and was named one of the "World's 50 Greatest Leaders" by Fortune. Ms. Lublin launched Crisis Text Line, the world’s first 24/7, free, text message-based support service for people facing a range of issues, from depression and substance abuse to eating disorders and physical abuse. With over 64 million text messages processed, Ms. Lublin expanded Crisis Text Line nationally, allowing people to text in and get help. Using this data, she launched a separate initiative called Crisis Trends to track when and where issues occur. Ms. Lublin is Schwab Foundation's Social Entrepreneurs of the Year and named one of the NonProfit Times' 50 Most Powerful Leaders three years in a row. Ms. Lublin has been featured on Oprah, 60 minutes, CNN, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and The Economist. She is also an author of the bestseller, Zilch: The Power of Zero in Business.

Dior Vargas is a Latina Feminist Mental Health Activist. She is the creator of the People of Color and Mental Illness Photo Project, a response to the invisibility of people of color in the media representation of mental illness. Her work and insight have been covered in media outlets such as Forbes, Newsweek, NBC News Latino, and The Guardian. Dior is the recipient of numerous awards including, The White House Champion of Change for Disability Advocacy Across Generations, 2015 Alternatives Conference Cookie Gant and Bill Compton LGBTQI Leadership Award and a Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame Inductee.

John MacPhee is the executive director and CEO of The Jed Foundation (JED), a national non-profit that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for teens and young adults. Mr. MacPhee is on the board of Bottom Line New York and advises several organizations including the S. Jay Levy Fellowship for Future Leaders at City College, Trek Medics, Crisis Text Line, the Health Policy and Management Department at the Mailman School of Public Health, and HIV Hero.


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