The Fourth Annual
Keynote: Dr. John Seita
Dr. John Seita is a former
youth at risk who beat the odds. He was removed from his mother's home at the
age of eight. Abused and neglected as a child, his journey though children's
institutions and countless foster homes was a litany of degradation and
humiliation. His unrestrained anger at his mother and the system led to a
childhood of anger, loneliness and one where he fought with adults, counselors,
teachers, house parents, childcare workers and anyone else who crossed his path.
Today he is Assistant Professor in the
Dr. John Seita is President of the Evaluation & Advocacy Group and author of three books: Kids Who Outwit Adults: Understanding the Private Logic of Defiance (with Larry Brendtro), God is in the Kitchen and Other Everyday Miracles, and In Whose Best Interest? (with Martin Mitchell and Christi Barrett). John has written extensively in various journals on subjects related to youth development and program evaluation. He is a nationally recognized expert in the field of youth development and is in demand as a trainer and keynote speaker.
Sample of Featured Workshops
1. Circles of Courage: Dr. Seita explores ways of tapping into the potential of the most discouraged youth.
2. Employment 101: Employment resources for youth in transition. What is available and where to find it.
3. Benefits and Healthcare in Transition: Excellent incentives are built into the SSI/SSDI programs for youth who want to go to work or college. Learn about these options and about healthcare options for youth in transition.
4. How to Make it in College: How youth with disabilities can succeed in post secondary education.