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2017 Evergreen Conference

Thursday March 23, 2017 | 8:00 AM

WHEN: Thursday, March 23, 2017 (8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) Registration opens at 8:00 a.m. &

Friday, March 24, 2017 (8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) Registration opens at 8:00 a.m.

WHERE: The Sanford Regional Events Center - Bemidji, MN 56601



Check Out our New 2017 Sessions:


<Youth, Opioids, & Development - Dr. Joseph Lee, MD, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

<Building Self-Healing Communities to Combat ACEs

<Intervention Isn’t a Four-Letter Word:  Stages of Change in Adolescent Substance Abuse

<Using Anishinabe Teachings in Everyday Life

<Transitions and Autism: Creating Strengths-Based Transition Plans

<Youth and Anxiety

<Coming Home:  Transitioning Juvenile Sex Offenders from Corrections & Treatment to the Community

<Ethics in Working with People Experiencing Homelessness

<It’s No Longer Good Enough: How to Effectively Advocate for Youth Services in Minnesota

And much, much more!   See the attached schedule (pp. 2-3 in the conference brochure – on our website at for more details.


Who should attend? This annual conference is intended for parents and caregivers, youth workers and nonprofit organization staff, tribal staff, teachers and paraprofessionals, mental health professionals and therapists, nurses, county child protection and human services staff, social workers, Rule 25 assessors, judges, probation officers, and others working with children, youth, and families. The conference is also appropriate for: ATOD prevention and treatment professionals, public health professionals, health educators, and other concerned community members and leaders.


Still a Great Deal! Registration fees for the full conference include: registration, all materials, a continental breakfast, lunch, and coffee available throughout the day for both days. Participants who have attended previous conferences say that they were well fed!


Early Bird Deadline:  Register by Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 for the lowest conference rate.  Group discounts available.


Online Registration:  Please note:  Eventbrite charges fees for online registration and use of a credit card.  Evergreen will happily accept your paper check to help you avoid credit card fees.  Send to:  Evergreen YFS, PO Box 662, Bemidji, MN  56619, Attn:  2017 Conference.


Registration Questions:  Please feel free to call our registration coordinator, Kari Bloomquist, at (direct line) 218-441-4562 or (218) 751-8223, x123 or email her at:


Thank You Conference Sponsors!  Our Sponsors include:  Sanford Events Center Bemidji State University Social Work Department ■ Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation ■ Minnesota Children’s Trust Fund/Minn. DHS  Minnesota DHS/Office of Economic Opportunity First National Bank of Bemidji  ■ First Steps to Healthy Babies Minnesota Adult &Teen Challenge/Know the Truth Northern Dental Access Center ■ Nystrom & Associates ■  Planned Parenthood of MN/ND/SD ■ Office on Victims of Crime/Office of Justice Programs ■ Prairie St. John’s ■ Red River Behavioral Health System


“This project was supported by Grant No. 2015-VAGX-0054 awarded by the Office on Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice.”


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