JOLIET – More than 125 people walked away with relevant information and new contacts from the Will County Youth Provider Summit.
Linkages to the Future was hosted by the Workforce Investment Board of Will County and Will County MAPP, Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships at Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center on April 27.
Will County Executive Larry Walsh joined Provena President and Chief Executive Officer Beth Hughes in welcoming the participants.
“I, along with Pat Fera of the Workforce Investment Board and her staff, was happy with the turnout for this event,” said Walsh. “Our youth are in good hands with the number of caring people that attend this event. They work tirelessly in their jobs to provide support for our youth and their families. Providing them this opportunity for learning and networking is key.”
Fera, WIB’s Manager, agreed. “The evaluations we received told us that attendees felt that the time they had to network with the more than 20 youth-based collaboratives was a great asset, giving them contacts and useful information to take back with them to their respective agencies.”
Participants represented 62 different schools, community and faith-based organizations and agencies, healthcare, and government sectors dealing with young people from throughout Will County and the region.
In addition to keynote speaker Pat Sullivan, youth service providers were offered breakout sessions with: Sarah Migas, internet safety specialist from Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office; Anne Studzinski, managing director of Illinois Childhood Trauma Coalition; and Jeremy Ly from Joliet Junior College who spoke about Career Connects Will and Grundy.