Attendees at SSWAA's 18th National School Social Work Conference in Nashville were thrilled to hear the inspiring Opening Keynote address from Tara Brown.
"Survive & Thrive: Unleashing the Potential of Under-resourced Youth" by Tara Brown
“To get into their heads, we must first get into their hearts.” There is no doubt that the 18 inches from their heart to their heads is a rite of passage every adult must navigate in order to truly impact struggling youth. Humans are ‘hard-wired’ to connect and it is through these connections that humans will thrive and excel. In this inspiring keynote address, Tara will share parts of her journey working with both hard core gang members and hard core rednecks and how she successfully engaged and motivated them to work harder and dream bigger. She will provide research based insights into the role emotions and stress play in learning and what at-risk youth wish every adult understood about them.
Check out Tara's Video to School Social Workers:
Just a few Quotes:
"How well do we know our student's lions? What are the things stressing your students? What are their fears, judgements, stereotypes, challenges, and needs?"
"Programs don't change kids, relationships do....nothing matters more to a child than a one-to-one steady relationship with an adult who cares about that child." William E. Milliken
"The CHILD must know that he is a MIRACLE, that since the beginning of the worlds there hasn't been, and until the end of the world there will not be, another child like him..." Pablo Casals
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Video series: trenchtimewithtara.com