Healthy Futures: Redefining Prevention, formerly Substance Abuse: A Community Response, is a conference for prevention & treatment professionals, school & district staff, nonprofit administrators & programs, community organizers and anyone else who is interested in learning and sharing about innovative community responses to youth substance abuse, mental health, and other barriers to health and success for youth. TOGETHER!'s commitment to cross-sector collaboration extends to Healthy Futures, where we bring representatives from different fields, with a focus on amplifying youth voices, to learn from each other and coordinate their approaches to solving problems in our community, together. Join us this April for an invigorating, inspiring, and innovative conference!
TOGETHER! is an approved provider of clock hours for educators via OSPI.
Nicholas Bradford, Restorative Justice Center of the Northwest
Nicholas Bradford has been a lifelong student of conflict and education, specifically democratic, experiential and progressive education. Through happenstance he took the long road to education. He had the opportunity to facilitate ropes courses, work in a half-way house for young men returning from prison, and wilderness education. He was diverted away from the traditional classroom and in Vermont he found his way toward Restorative Justice. This has been a galvanizing force in his life. After two years in Vermont he moved back to Washington. Finding little Restorative Justice in the greater Seattle area, he plugged into the Dispute Resolution Centers. He has become a Mentor Mediator and has blended that experience into his RJ facilitation. He received his Masters Degree in Education Policy from the University of Washington in 2012. His studies spanned many of the policy problems of discipline from school resource officers, zero-tolerance, the school-to-prison pipeline, and disproportionality in discipline.
Sam Miller, Community Youth Services of Pierce County
Sam Miller grew up in Rural Pierce County and moved to Olympia at the age of 14. He has lived in Olympia off an on since that time. He has been a farm hand, a ranch hand, an inmate, a wildland firefighter, a dishwasher, a warehouse worker, assistant preschool teacher, a chemical dependency counselor and a bouncer. He has lived with Alcoholism and Methamphetamine addiction since his early teens. He is now in recovery going on 8 years and is currently a husband, father, student and comedian. He's performed all over the west coast. He won the Comedy On Trial Competition in Seattle in 2016 competed in The Seattle International Comedy Competition in 2017. Sam work as an outreach and violence prevention specialist in Key Peninsula and unincorporated Gig Harbor. He provides Case Management for youth in unstable living situations. He also works in High Schools providing direct support and after school programming.
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