Recap from the 2016 Family Summit
Crosswinds—in collaboration with Lifeline Youth & Family Services and The Summit—was able to present a community event to inspire, educate, and equip over 200 parents, educators, and social service providers in our communities: the Family Summit. The event was held on Saturday, October 29th, 2016, and included opportunities for attendees to participate in breakout sessions covering a range of topics such as: social media, mentoring, mental health, suicide prevention, and family coaching. Attendees were also able to exchange personal stories and visit booths hosted by various organizations. The keynote speaker for our event was Mark Gregston, who is the nationally‐known author, radio host, and founder/owner of Heartlight Ministries. Mr. Gregston has more than 35 years of experience helping teens and parents, and we were pleased to bring such expertise to our community.
At the conclusion of our event, attendees and exhibitors were asked to provide their feedback via a Participant Survey. Through this instrument we learned:
100% of respondents would participate in the event again.
100% of respondents believed the event was worthwhile and exceeded their expectations.
100% of respondents believed that the information presented in the keynote sessions was helpful to understanding the issues related to parenting today’s teenagers.
99% of respondents felt that the keynote sessions were inspirational and an encouragement to them as a parent.
99% of respondents would recommend the keynote sessions to others.
94% of respondents would recommend breakout sessions to others.
Beyond the statistical data are the individual responses of those who participated in the event. Here is what a few of them had to say:
“We have a new mentor/volunteer because of your Family Summit.” ‐ Unity Performing Arts Foundation (Exhibitor)
“Thank you for all you did to make the conference happen…. so thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this event!” ‐ Executive Director, Safe Families for Children Fort Wayne
“Loved the humor and honest way Mark approached the needs for today’s teens!” – Attendee
“It is encouraging to be among others who have the same passion for reaching out to young people.” – Youth Worker
“I liked the keynote speaker and how he made it personal. I learned a lot and made me think how I work with teens.” – Youth Worker
“Good topics. Keynote was very engaging, good and interesting parenting info. Great venue and helpers.” – Attendee
“The seminars taught us a lot and about resiliency and taking responsibility …” – Parent
“Thanks so much for doing this. Very good info. You should offer every year!” – Attendee
THE FAMILY SUMMIT – OCTOBER 29, 2016
Do you have a teenager or know someone who does? Do you work with teenagers? Are you excited, anxious, or motivated about your journey with a teenager? If you answered yes to any of these questions, we invite you to join us at first annual Family Summit.
Crosswind, along with The Summit, and Lifeline Youth and Family Services, are excited to present The Family Summit to serve and strengthen the families of northeast Indiana. The Family Summit is open to parents/guardians, educators, health care professionals, faith-based partners and community agencies. We invite you to join us at The Summit to uncover tools and resources to inspire and encourage you and your family!
Date: October 29, 2016
Time: 8 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: The Summit, 1025 W. Rudisill Blvd, Fort Wayne
Cost: $10 for full day; Scholarships available
Meals: On-site for lunch for all participants to purchase
- 8:00am – 9:00am Community Partners Exhibition
- 9:00am – 10:00am Keynote: Understanding Today’s Teen Culture
- 10:00am – 10:15am Break & Exhibition
- 10:15am – 11:00am Breakout Session #1
- 11:00am -12:00pm Keynote:Recognizing & Shifting Parenting Styles That are No Longer Effective
- 12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch and exhibition
- 1:00pm – 1:45pm Breakout Session #2
- 1:45pm – 2:45pm Keynote: A New Model of Engaging with Teens
- 2:45pm – 3:00pm Break & Exhibition
- 3:00pm – 3:45pm Breakout Session #3
WBCL Interview with CEO Mark Terrell and Larry Bowers from WBCL
REGISTER NOW AT HTTP://FAMILYSUMMIT.EVENTBRITE.COM!
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: MARK GREGSTON, LCCA
Mark Gregston, LCCA is the founder and executive director of Heartlight Ministries, a residential counseling facility for adolescents in crisis. He is also the popular radio host of Parenting Today’s Teenswhich is heard on over 1,500 radio stations throughout North America. He is a sought-out speaker and leads parenting seminars across the country. Mark will be offering 3 insightful sessions on teen parenting that you won’t want to miss!
All attendees will have the opportunity to participate in breakout sessions covering a range of topics such as mentoring, positive parenting techniques, teenagers and mental illness, human trafficking, forgiveness, and others. Attendees can also engage in round-table discussions and visit exhibit booths from relevant family community organizations.
BREAKOUT SESSION #1 (10:15 – 11:00 AM)
RESIDENTIAL CARE & WHEN IT IS APPROPRIATE
A NAVIGATION TOOL FOR TEENS
A LITTLE TIME MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE – MENTORING CHANGES THE LIVES OF BOTH MENTOR AND MENTEE
MENTAL ILLNESS AFFECTS OUR WHOLE COMMUNITY – AND OFTEN STRIKES TEENAGERS FIRST
RECOGNIZING ATTACHMENT DISORDERS
HEALING OUR COMMUNITY WITH HOPE
BREAKOUT SESSION #2 (1:00 – 1:45 PM)
THE IMPORTANCE OF FAMILY LITERACY
TIPS FOR POSITIVE PARENTING TECHNIQUES
BUSINESS & ENTREPRENEURSHIP
SUPPORTING RESILIENCE, BUILDING FUTURES
IDENTIFYING AND RESPONDING TO YOUTH SUICIDE
BREAKOUT SESSION #3 (3:00 – 3:45 PM)
HOW TO SAVE YOUR MARRIAGE
LIVSTYLE: KNOWING THE FAMILY INSIDE AND OUT
UNLOCKING THE KEYS TO DEALING WITH ADDICTIONS WITHIN THE FAMILY
TRAUMA AWARENESS & HOW YOU CAN HELP
CYBER SAFETY FOR TEENS
CEO, Mark Terrell being interviewed by talk show host, Charly Butcher from WOWO concerning the 2016 Family Summit
BOTT Radio’s Mark Mellingter interviewed Mark Terrell, the CEO of Crosswinds concerning Mr. Gregston coming to Fort Wayne, IN for the Family Summit.