Teen Conference:
You Will Be Found

June 17, 2022

This conference is dedicated to helping teens and young adults explore who they are, and how to share their story with others. The question of identity is especially challenging for teens living with chronic illness.

Your perception of self, or self-concept, plays a central role in emotional well-being. You will have the opportunity to find your own story, share it, and discover that you are far from alone in this journey of life.

Our conference (hosted online from 5:00 to 10:00 PM, EST) features community specialists, recognized sports personalities, local celebrities, a school social worker, and camp leaders with experience helping young adults find their true selves. Teens who have been not been diagnosed with a health challenge are also invited to participate.

The benefits of the conference include:

  • Community building for teens and young adults (ages 14 to 21)
  • Support for teens to build a strong sense of self-identity
  • Information on where to find more resources

This conference open to the public and offered at no-cost for teens and young adults (ages 14-21), thanks to generous funding from the Generator Z grant, with support from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation. Reserve your spot today by completing the form below

Date: Friday, June 17

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5:00 PM -5:15 PM

Welcome

Opening comments to introduce the conference and intentions for our time together.

Our conference hosts welcome you for an evening for fun, meaningful conversation, and opportunities for self discovery.

Mike Parker,
Conference Host
North Star Reach

Colleen Triezenberg,
Conference Host
North Star Reach

Monica Philipp-Adams,
Conference Host
North Star Reach

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5:15 PM - 5:45 PM

KEYNOTE: From Who to Me

Tools for Finding Yourself

Being a teenager is complicated and sometimes you don’t know where you fit in. Dr. Richardson gives you practical strategies on how to identify who you are and where you belong.

Dr. Patricia Richardson,
Clinical Psychologist,
Bluebird Child & Family Psychology

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5:45 PM - 6:00 PM

Minute Me

When what defines you is more than what you’re known for.

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Defining yourself is important at every age, and every stage of personal growth. This dazzling celebrity lineup will offer reflections on what’s most important for defining self across a many different lives and inspire you for your own Minute Me presentation.

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6:00 PM - 6:45 PM

Breakout Session A

Music: Me

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An opportunity to express your identity with music.

Mike Parker, Conference Host 
North Star Reach

Healing Notes Foundation 

Active: Me

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An opportunity to express your identity through sports, games, and challenges.

Colleen Triezenberg, Conference Host
North Star Reach

Richard Plowden, Sensei
Hero Circle

 

Words: Me

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A meaning-making game of words will guide you on an adventure of self discovery.

Ami Walsh
North Star Reach

Monica Phillip-Adams
North Star Reach

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7:00 PM - 7:45 PM

Breakout Session B

Community: Me

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Explore how your community helps you discover who you are.

Mike Parker, Conference Host 
North Star Reach

Neutral Zone 

Family: Me

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Explore your family tree and how it helps to define you.

Colleen Triezenberg, Conference Host
North Star Reach

 

Lifeline: Me

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Sketch the story of who you are today to help you see who you can become tomorrow.

Ami Walsh
North Star Reach

 

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8:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Paper Bag: Me 

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A fun, spontaneous mixed media collage playmaking session.

Mike Parker,
Conference Host 

North Star Reach

Colleen Triezenberg,
Conference Host

North Star Reach

Ami Walsh
North Star Reach

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8:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Minute Me Showcase

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A chance for you to step on our virtual stage and share your own story.

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9:00 PM - 10:00 PM

DJ Dance Party

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A very special DJ guest plays dance-music that will get you moving and celebrating our time together. (Check the package of activity supplies sent to you prior to the conference by North Star Reach for dance party attire.)

Registration

Teen Conference 2022
This conference is free and open to the public. However, registration is required.
If you would like to attend a breakout session, please select the sessions you’d like to attend. You can always switch but this will help us with our planning. (If you cannot make a breakout session but wish to attend one or more other presentations, simply leave these fields blank.) All breakouts will run 45 minutes with 15 minute breaks between sessions.

Parent/Participant Information

Conference Participant

Please provide your mailing address, as we will be sending activity supplies prior to the conference.

Yes, I’d like to stay informed about North Star Reach programs and events.

Conference Participant Waiver

I understand—and, if under the age of 17, my parent/guardian understands—that North Star Reach will make visual recordings of the 2022 Teen Conference for oversight purposes. However, photos or videos will not be shared without permission from participants. Attendees will have the option of turning off their video camera during interactive sessions. *
In the interest of respecting participants’ privacy, I agree—and, if under the age of 17, my parent/guardian agrees—not to take screenshots or to record in any manner presentations, breakout rooms, social mixers, chats or other conference activities. *

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Pinckney, MI 48169

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North Star Reach is an independent nonprofit medical speciality camp based in Pinckney, Michigan. We provide life-changing camp experiences for children living with serious illnesses and their families, at no charge to them. You can support us today by making a donation.

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North Star Reach Camp

1200 University Camp Drive
Pinckney, MI 48169

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FINANCIAL SUPPORT

North Star Reach is an independent nonprofit medical speciality camp based in Pinckney, Michigan. We provide life-changing camp experiences for children living with serious illnesses and their families, at no charge to them. You can support us today by making a donation.

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