Save the Date – Youth at Risk Conference

Pathways for Children recently became the organizational partner of the long-standing Youth at Risk (YAR) Conference, the region’s only annual all-day conference for professionals who work with at-risk youth.

YAR supports communities of professionals serving children, youth, and families by providing practitioners with education, collaborative networking, and self-care opportunities.

The YAR conference is geared toward individuals working with and caring for youth in a variety of settings—family, community, school, religious, healthcare, human service, recreational and legal.

The conference also provides affordable Continuing Education Units (CEUs) needed by professionals in the field.

Founded with support from the Essex County Community Fund, the conference most recently partnered with Salem State University. The strong working relationships between Pathways, Salem State, and the YAR Committee allowed for a smooth transition, and planning for the 2021 conference is well underway.

This year’s conference will be fully online and will feature more than 40 presenters, including:

Robert Sege, MD, PhD is a Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine, where he directs the new Center for Community-Engaged Medicine.

Carrie Stack, M.Ed. is a Certified Life Coach, author, and motivational speaker with over 25 years of experience providing people with skills and tools to make positive changes in their lives.

Project 351, which seeks to develop the next generation of community-first service leaders through customized service-learning, hands-on community-building, and values-based leadership training.

Interested in learning more? Visit and the save the date – Wednesday, May 26, 2021.