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The Youth Worker Leadership Conference is an interactive and exciting event for high school students working with children that have special needs. On Sunday, March 30th, 2014, we will bring together approximately 275 high school-aged youth in the greater New York City area to honor and engage these young professionals. The Youth Worker Leadership Conference will include dynamic speakers, break-out sessions, and hands-on activities to provide inspiration, resources, and information on strategies and skills for working with children with special needs. The conference setting presents this information in a way that is meaningful and immediately relevant for youth workers.
The conference is completely free to attend, though advanced registration is requested and a chaperone must attend with students under 18. Lunch will be provided! The Youth Worker Leadership Conference is made possible through the generosity of the J.E. & Z.B. Butler Foundation and Ramapo for Children.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to attend the Youth Worker Leadership Conference?
The conference is free to attend thanks to our generous funders!
Who is the target audience of this Conference?
The target audience is high school students who are currently working with or interested in working with youth with special needs.
I'm not sure what kind of ticket to choose when registering.
Please use Single Tickets if you are registering yourself or just one person. Use Group Tickets if you are registering more than one person. Use the name of the school or agency you are registering as the group name. If you are a chaperone, make sure to also select a Chaperone Ticket. Before registering another person, please make sure they have not already registered themselves!
I would like to attend the Conference, but I am not in high school.
The main audience of the Youth Worker Conference is high school students. If there is additional space, we are happy to accommodate participants who are slightly older. Call Ali Hirschhorn at Ramapo for Children (212.754.7003) to check. Please note that Conference workshops are geared towards high school students.
I’m under 18. Do I need to attend with a Chaperone? Do I need a permission slip?
Yes, all participants under 18 must attend with a Chaperone and submit a permission slip signed by a parent or guardian. Completed permission slips should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed to 212.754.4994, or mailed to Ramapo for Children, Attn: YWLC, 49 West 38th St, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10018. You can download the permission slip here: http://bit.ly/KJZLGv
I attended the Conference last year. Can I attend again?
Yes, we welcome past participants and hope to see you again this year!
Can I register for workshops beforehand?
All participants get to attend 3 workshops. Registration for workshops will open about 3 weeks before the Conference. Participants will be notified via email when workshop registration opens. Early registration for workshops is not mandatory, and participants will have an opportunity to choose workshops at the Conference, if they have not already done so.
Where is the event taking place? Can I travel there via public transportation?
The event is taking place at PACE University, which is accessible by public transportation.
Subway Directions to 1 Pace Plaza
- 2 and 3 -- Take 2 Local or 3 Express to either Park Place/Broadway (then walk east across City Hall Park to the campus) or to Broadway-Nassau St./Fulton St. Station (exit at Fulton and Nassau St. and walk 2 blocks north on Nassau St. to campus).
- A and C -- Take the A Express or C Local to Broadway-Nassau St./Fulton St. Station. Exit at Fulton and Nassau St. and walk 2 blocks north on Nassau St. to campus.
- 4, 5, and 6 -- Take the 4 or 5 Express or 6 Local to the Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall Station (last stop on the 6). Take exit marked City Hall to street and walk south down Park Row to campus; or walk through underpass to exit marked Frankfort St. and exit to Pace Plaza and the campus.
- J and Z -- Take the J or Z Express to Broadway-Nassau St./Fulton St. Station. Exit at Fulton and Nassau St. and walk 2 blocks north on Nassau St. to campus.
- R -- Take the R Local to City Hall/Broadway Station, then walk east across City Hall Park to campus
Is the venue handicap accessible?
Yes, PACE is handicap accessible.
Do I need to print out and bring a ticket to get in?
No, you do not need to print out your ticket to get in. Your name will be on a guest list at the door once you’ve registered.
Who are your sponsors and partners?
This Conference is made possible by the generosity of the J.E. & Z.B. Butler Foundation and Ramapo for Children. We have also collaborated with a number of exceptional organizations to offer interactive and high quality workshops. Thank you to our partners:
- The J.E. & Z.B. Butler Foundation: http://www.butlerfoundation.org/
- Eye to Eye: http://www.eyetoeyenational.org/
- Elahi Yoga: http://elahiyoga.com/
- Urban Arts Partnership-Everyday Arts for Special Education: http://www.urbanarts.org
- The Hebrew Educational Society: http://thehes.net/
- Yvonne Abinowski | Photographer: http://www.yvonnealbinowski.com/
- Institute for Music and Health: http://musichealth.net/
I am a chaperone and I would like to register a group of students. How can I do this?
To register a group of students as a chaperone, please use the ‘Participant Ticket-Group’ option. Select the number of conference participants you are registering and then add a Chaperone Ticket for yourself or whoever will be chaperoning the group.
I am a chaperone. What is my role at the Conference?
We encourage chaperones to be active participants at the Conference! We also invite chaperones to attend and participate in workshops, which is excellent role modeling for students. Most importantly, please make sure you know where your students are at all times.
Will lunch be served? What if I have a specific dietary restriction?
Yes, lunch will be served upon arrival. Vegetarian and kosher options will be available. We will have a limited amount of kosher food, so please make sure to let us know on the registration page by checking the kosher lunch box. For any other dietary restrictions, please call Ali Hirschhorn at 212.754.7003 at least two weeks before the Conference. We will do our best to accommodate any dietary restrictions, but cannot alter the food order after March 14th.
I am interested in presenting at the Youth Worker Leadership Conference. Who should I contact?
Thank you for your interest! Please contact Ali Hirschhorn, Ramapo for Children at 212.754.7003 to inquire about presenting at this or future Conferences.
I have a question that is not answered above. Is there a phone number or email where I can contact the organizer?
Please contact Ramapo for Children at 212.754.7003 or email@example.com with any questions at all.
When & Where
Ramapo for Children
With 90 years of experience in direct service and training programs, Ramapo has developed a unique ability to create inclusive environments that promote positive behavioral change, foster skill development, and help support learning and personal growth. At the heart of the Ramapo approach is our ability to equip educators, caregivers, and youth with the skills they need to build trusting relationships, serve as effective role models, handle challenging behaviors constructively, and improve continuously through reflective practice.
Our programs include:
--Camp Ramapo, a traditional summer camp experience for children with social, emotional, or learning challenges
--Ramapo Training, programming for adults that provides practical tools for managing difficult behaviors and fostering environments that support success for all children
--Ramapo Retreats, year-round retreats for young people, educators, and other community-based organizations
--Staff Assistant Experience, a residential transition-to-independence program for young adults with social, emotional, or learning challenges