For the past 17 years, Bemidji-based Evergreen Youth and Family Services has hosted its annual Evergreen Conference, which provides youth-serving professionals with valuable educational resources that may prove useful in their careers.
The conference, held last week, included panels, guest speakers and several breakout sessions covering a number of different topics.
“It could be how to get young people into health care, how to access other services, mental health issues, housing, what the foster care system looks like…” the Evergreen program director explained. Youth and Family Services, Caitlin Orgon. “Anything related to youth.”
In addition to the conference itself, Evergreen invited attendees to join them at the Hatchet House in Bemidji for a fun time to relax and get to know each other.
“We’re just having a social event…,” explained Ebony Warren, Executive Director of Evergreen Youth and Family Services, “An opportunity for these professionals to come, collaborate, humanize and realize that “Hey! We can kind of go ahead and build partnerships and make sure that we not only have resources in our own agencies to help young people, but also across agencies and across lines.
Overall, the Evergreen Conference has sought to educate young people serving professionals on as many topics as possible, in the hopes that this may lead to a brighter future for those whom professionals serve.
“We are able to engage participants to ensure that the young people we serve have the information they need, the tools they need and the resources they need,” Warren said.
Evergreen Youth and Family Services will host a fundraiser on November 15 to help youth and families in the Bemidji community. For more information or to learn more about Evergreen, you can visit their website here.