When: November 19th. Forum from 10:15-11:am. Lunch at noon. Session from 12:30-2:30pm.
Cost: $10 (for lunch, Derek is generously donating his time!)
Register by: November 1st. Contact Katy if you want to register after this date.
Do you want to live in a strong community? A strong community is one where youth are empowered and grow strong and full of “grit”. A strong community is one where the aging don’t feel alone, where they are adopted into groups of young adults, with new grandchildren to dote upon when theirs live across the country. This is the kind of intergenerational community that we seek to create, and a great place to start is through Christ UMC’s “It Takes a Village” event.
We are excited to introduce Derek Peterson, Founder and CEO of ICAR-US, Institute for Community and Adolescent Resiliency, Unifying Solutions. ICAR-US offers education, materials, and support to individuals (adults and youth), schools, agencies, communities, and statewide organizations in their youth development related work.
I (Pastor Katy) had coffee with Derek in St. Paul this summer and was “WOW”d! Anyone who is related to Aileen Williams (he’s her son-in-law) is of course going to be fantastic, but Derek is special. He has traveled all over the world to help communities grow strong, particularly by teaching new language around empowering kids and youth to create support systems from a young age.
THIS IS NOT JUST FOR PARENTS! This is for pretty much everyone including children, youth, parents, grandparents, mentors, people who were at one time a teenager, people off the street. Anyone! Growing a strong community will not happen without each of YOU! So come; bring your friend or sibling or kid or spouse or new acquaintance. We’ll see you all there.