2017 Independent Living Youth Conference Conference Details

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Opening Keynote

Dee Hankins

Dee Hankins started life as a troubled youth in foster care and worked his way up to becoming one of the most influential, life-changing individuals around. His nearly two-decade stretch in foster care has led High schools, Universities, such as Cal State LA, Fullerton, Northridge, UCLA, USC, and a number of organizations to seek out Dee’s knowledge and expertise on foster care, at-risk youth, and increasing educational outcomes for children in foster care.

The challenges he had to overcome physically, emotionally, and statistically has had administrators from the middle school, high school, and college levels hungry for his understanding and resilient mindset about living a successful life. Ultimately, helping shape policy regarding children in foster care, improving campus climate and culture, and aiding students across the country to open their eyes and realize their potential to BE AMAZING!

Closing Keynote

Hasan Davis

Hasan Davis is the former Commissioner of KY Juvenile Justice. He has spent his professional career working to create spaces where young people feel Engaged, Encouraged, and Empowered. Hasan provides high impact programs and training opportunities across the country for youth and for the adults who partner with them for success. After an early arrest as a pre-teen, expulsion from alternative school and a life long struggle with learning and behavior challenges, ADHD and Dyslexia, Hasan earned his GED and decided to leave the life he knew well, for one he could hardly imagine. Hasan moved to Kentucky to attend Berea College. Although Hasan experienced expulsion and other challenges he was determined to prove that failure would not be his lasting legacy. Hasan went on to earn his BA degree from Berea College and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law.
Hasan has been recognized for his professional and personal efforts serving the needs of our young people in education, juvenile justice and the arts. He is a Rockefeller Foundation Next Generation Leadership Fellow, an inductee into the Council of State Governments Henry Toll Fellowship program and an Annie E.Casey Children and Family Fellow.
Hasan lives in Berea Kentucky with his wife and two sons.


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Workshop Descriptions


 Chamisa I
Chamisa II
You Are Confined by the Walls You Build YourselfUnited States Coast GuardTransitional Living Program
10:45-NoonExploring Postsecondary Education
Be Strong, Be Empowered, Be the Difference-Testimonies of Aged Out YouthMoney Management, Taxes, and Budgeting
1:15-2:30Hasan's RulesChoosing a Career, One Day at a TimeBasics of Living on Your Own