Kankakee County Teen Conference Workshop Information

What is it?

The Teen Conference is a joint effort of the Kankakee County Health Department and the Kankakee County Teen Conference Steering Committee Coordinator: Linda Hildebrandt, Kankakee County Health Educator

Who comes?

Over 500 8th and 9th grade youth from 26 public, private and parochial schools in Kankakee County attend this conference. Thirty six school chaperons, thirty five presenters, twenty five adult volunteers and nine committee members assist with the conference day activities.

What happens?

The conference will include 20-25 workshops based on prevention, leadership, self-esteem, healthy choices and decision-making skills. Each workshop is 45 minutes long and includes student participation or interaction. The youth select 6 workshops from those listed on a registration form, and the computer registration process will place them into three of the 6 selected workshops.

Also included in the conference is a motivational keynote speaker and a general session focusing on healthy choices/decisions.

For further information, contact Linda Hildebrandt at (815) 802-9395.

Plans for the 27th Annual Kankakee County Teen Conference are underway. The conference will be held at Olivet Nazarene University on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Five hundred 8th and 9th grade youths from Kankakee County schools will be attending.

The conference will include 20 to 25 workshops based on prevention, self esteem, and decision making skills. Click here for a list of the 2014 workshops. We welcome new topics and presenters each year. Ideas for workshops include but are not limited to teen issues such as:

  • abstinence
  • anger management
  • attitudes
  • bullying
  • career choices
  • club drugs
  • communication
  • conflict resolution
  • dating
  • divorce/blended families
  • family life
  • first aid
  • gangs and cults
  • goal setting
  • grief
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Internet safety
  • job skills
  • media
  • music
  • parent/teen relations
  • peer pressure
  • refusal skills
  • respect
  • sexuality
  • sports
  • stress
  • study skills
  • substance abuse
  • teen pregnancy
  • tobacco
  • violence prevention

(At request of schools, and our host facility, only abstinence-based workshops can be offered – not birth control or abortion issues)

Workshop proposals for the 2015 Kankakee County Teen Conference are being accepted until December 12, 2014. Click here for the proposal form. You and/or your agency may submit more than one proposal. Please make additional copies of this letter and proposal form to share with anyone who might like to be a presenter. The Kankakee County Teen Conference Steering Committee will make the selection of workshops in January 2015.

Each workshop session is to be 45 minutes long. Each presenter will present his/her workshop three times during the conference day. The most successful workshops include student participation or interaction.

For more information or to share ideas please contact Linda Hildebrandt at (815) 802-9395.

Proposals should be sent to:

Linda Hildebrandt
c/o Kankakee County Health Department
2390 W Station St
Kankakee, Illinois 60901
Fax: (815) 802-9391
Email: lhildebrandt@kankakeehealth.org