Healthy youth: Healthy Nation:-‘ Enhancing Relationships: For the Common Good’. A conference being held under the auspice of the Commissioner for Children and AEISEC According to World Health Organization, those between the ages of 10 and 24 are young people. This age group is composed of two overlapping sub-groups: "adolescents" (aged 10–19) and "youth" (aged 15–24). Addressing the needs of such a group will contribute not only to social and economic development, but also to social harmony, gender parity, population stabilization and improved quality of life for all Maltese citizens. Adolescence is characterized by physical, psychological and social change. While adolescents are not yet adults, neither are they completely out of childhood. Adolescence is a time of tremendous opportunity and change. It is also a time of heightened vulnerabilities. Programs that can provide information, ensure access to services, and develop life skills are crucial to the future of this population. Such view was also supported in the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) (1994), held in Cairo. During the ICPD (1994) it was recommended to governments to focus more attention on adolescents through an integrated approach to their health, education and social needs. Designed for people who work with or care about youth, this one-of-a-kind conference brings together people from different national community sectors who share a common goal: to work together to promote positive youth development through asset building. This intergenerational event is aimed to attract approximately 400 people who want to learn, connect, renew and be equipped to become asset champions and community change leaders. The aim of this cconference is to bring together professionals and volunteers who work with families to learn about issues facing today‟s parents and caregivers, and network with other family advocates. This is an opportunity where information is generated in order to find ways to enhance our youths’ potential. After all healthy youth means health nation, as the youth of today are the adults of tomorrow. No one can become truly happy without relationships, yet the thruth is that those we are closet to can cause us the most pain. Developing good relationships take a lot of wisdom and investment. The theme, „Enhancing Relationships: For the Common Good’, will enable us to focus on the importance of intentional relationship building and why it is so critical to a better world where all children and youth thrive. What happens as a result of relationships transformed because of building assets? Do they really change our society and the world? If good relationships brings us closer to a vision and reality of „common good‟, what does that look like in our communities? Sessions during this conference will describe projects that have enhanced positive relationships across traditional divides of race, gender, class, age, and geography; young people as civic activits carrying out meaningful and sustained work for the common good. This conference is a show case where reference will be made to practices and supports that keep young people engaged in community change efforts; and transformed relationships in the context of individual citizens, parents, neighbourhoods, caregivers, schools, youth organisations, businesess, health care providers, the media, community foundations and local goverment. Topics in this conference represent crucial issues of concern occupying the minds of all those concerned about youths. Target audience : Individuals and teams, from communities and organistaions who are involved or intrested in positive youth development efforts should participate in this conference. Leaders from businessess, community initiatives, youth organisations along with educators, counselors, family-serving professionals, health-care professionals, parents, prevention specialists, and all others who care about the well-being of children and adoloscents will also benefit from participation. Venue and date: The conference will be held at Radisson SAS Golden Sands Resort & SPA, on Friday 2nd May 2008. This conference is being held under the auspice of the Commissioner for children and AIESEC (World’s largest youth organisation). Book early not to be disappointed! Conference Porgramme: 8.00am - 9.00am Registration at the ‘Radisson SAS Golden Sands Resort & Spa - Golden Sands’. Coffee and tea will be served. 9.00am - 9.05am Opening Remarks by Chairperson, Ms. A. Sciberras; Bsc (Hons) Midwifery, Former AIESEC President. 9.05am - 9.25am Opening Speech - Commissioner for Children; Ms. C. Zammit 9.25am - 9. 55am ‘Adoloscent Development’ – Ms. A. Martin; SRN, SRM, Clinical Psychologist 9.55am – 10.15am ‘Active Youth Particpation In Civil Life’ - Representative from National Youth Council 10.15am - 10.25am A Presentation By Youths From The Mellieha Youth Centre 10.25am- 10.45am ‘Path To Success: Planning For Achievement’- Erika Borg; AIESEC President 10.45am – 11.05am Question time 11.05am – 11.45 am Coffee break 11.45am - 12.45pm Presentation by Mr. P.Vella, ITS Student. Youth story telling about ‘BULLYING’. Panel discussion to follow. Panel: Prof. M. G. Borg – Research Psychologist Specialising in Educational Psychology; PhD(Birm) MEd(Birm) BA(Ed)(Hons) AFBPS CSci CPsychol FRSA, Ms. M. Mousu – Safe School Programme: Anti Bullying Department; Ms. C. Bonnici – Bsc (Hons) Nursing, SRM, SRN, parent; Mr. P. Vella – ITS Student, Ms. D. Zerafa - BA (Hons) Social Work, Masters (Australia) 12.45pm - 1.05pm ‘Spiritual Development: A Missing Emphasis in Youth Development?’ – Dr Grech Attard; MD, Dip. Rel. Stud, B.A. (Theology) 1.05pm – 1.25pm ‘Youth And Risk: A Useful Cconcept? – Dr. M. Clark; B (psych), Msc Psy, PhD Sociological Studies. Senior Lecturer and Head of Department of the Department of Youth and Community Studies at the Faculty of Education. 1.25pm – 1.45pm ‘Grounding Youth Centres In Positive Youth Development’ – Ms. L. Cini SN, BA (Hons) youth studies 1.45pm - 2.05pm Question time 2.05pm-2.15pm A Presentation By Youths From The Mellieha Youth Centre 2.15pm -2.30pm Closing of Conference by the Chaiperson, Mrs. A. Sciberras Bsc (Hons) Midwifery, Former AIESEC President 2.30pm – 4.00pm Lunch and Networking REGISTRATION FORM Mr. Ms. Mrs. Dr. Job Title _______________________________ Name & Surname _______________________________________________ Work Address ______________________________________________________ City __________________________ Post code _________ Work Phone ________________________________________ Home address ______________________________________________________ City _________________________ Post code __________ Home Phone or Mobile number ________________________________________ E-mail address (required for confirmation*) ______________________________________________ *Registration confirmation will be sent to you via e-mail. - Fiscal Reicept will be in the conference folder. FEES : TICK WHERE APPROPRIATE StandardRate – Full day including Lunch and 2 cofffee breaks 45 EURO (Lm19.31) Early Bird Rate – Full day including Lunch and 2 coffee breaks 40 EURO (Lm17.17) provided that registration will be handed in by the 10th April 2008 Group Rate – Full day including Lunch and 2 coffee breaks 35 EURO (Lm15.02) per person in groups of 6 or more (groups must register together) persons ______ Total* Euro ______ REGISTRATION CLOSING DATE: 28th April 2008. There will be no refunds after 22nd April, 2008. All cancellations before that date will be refunded less a 10 Euro handling fee. The Organising Committe would like to inform you that registration at the desk will be accepted but FEE WILL be of 47 Euro and certificate of attendance will be sent by post. Please enclose registration form with cheque, payable to: “D-Blaze”, and forward to: D-Blaze, P.O. Box 7, Qormi, Malta. For further information contact Mrs. J. Muscat: 99243850 or Mrs. M. 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