Georgetown Conference on Vulnerable Youth Takes Place This Week
January 23, 2013 – Students, researchers and other policy experts will gather to explore effective solutions to problems facing the nation’s most vulnerable youth during the Georgetown Public Policy Institute’s (GPPI) first LEAD Conference, Jan. 24-25.
The LEAD Conference, which stands for Leadership, Evidence, Analysis and Debate, will provide a forum of discussion focusing on key domestic or international policy issues.
The inaugural conference, “Positive Outcomes for At-Risk Children and Youth: Improving Lives Through Practice and System Reform,” features a mix of plenary and breakout sessions, networking activities and the work of Georgetown’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform.
“We are thrilled that our inaugural LEAD conference focuses on the nation’s future – our children," says GPPI Dean Edward Montgomery. “It is my hope that discussing issues related to at-risk youth will point us toward holistic solutions, incorporating adjustments to our health care, welfare and education systems as well as our economic policies.”
Actress Sonja Sohn, who played detective Kima Greggs in HBO’s "The Wire," will open the conference as a keynote presenter. Sohn is also founder and CEO of ReWired for Change, a nonprofit organization that works to empower young people living in underserved communities across the country through education, media, social advocacy and intergenerational programming.
Mark Shriver, senior vice president of Save the Children’s U.S programs, will deliver the closing keynote address.
Conference participants will consider ways to help children become more productive citizens. The conference also will tackle issues such as education, employment, social development, child welfare and juvenile justice from a local, state and national perspective.
“We look forward to two days of rich dialogue and hope that participants will leave with new ideas and innovative approaches for improving young people’s lives,” Montgomery said.