The 32nd Annual Children’s Network Conference will take place on
Wednesday, September 19th and Thursday, September 20th, 2018
at the Ontario Convention Center.
This annual conference has dynamic keynote speakers, pertinent workshop topics, and an exhibit hall filled with a variety of resources and products.
Every year, Children’s Network provides an opportunity for professionals to enhance their knowledge through a wide array of workshops concerning children, youth and families. The conference aims to advance knowledge and practice standards of professionals in the fields of social work, mental health, juvenile justice, child development, child welfare, medicine, and nursing.
Participants will have many opportunities to:
* Learn from local leaders
* Be inspired by outstanding keynote speakers
* Network with professionals in the field
* Share ideas and knowledge
* Grow professionally
* And…make a difference!
This year’s Keynote Speakers are:
September 19, 2018:
Luis J. Rodriguez believes a writer can change the world. Through the power of words, this acclaimed poet, novelist, children’s book author and journalist saw his way out of poverty and despair. Successful as a Chicano poet, Luis thought he had put the streets and his own days as a gang member behind him—until his young son joined a gang. Rodriguez fought for his child by telling his own story in the national bestseller Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A. This vivid memoir explores gang life and cautions against the death and destruction that haunts its participants.
Luis is the author of several collections of poetry, including My Nature is Hunger: New and Selected Poems 1989-2004 and Borrowed Bones: New Poems from the Poet Laureate of Los Angeles. He has won a Poetry Center Book Award, Paterson Poetry Prize, and PEN/Josephine Miles Literary Award, and was honored with a Lannan Fellowship for Poetry. In 2014, Luis was appointed Los Angeles Poet Laureate.
Luis conducts workshops, readings, and talks in public and private schools, universities, prisons, juvenile lock-ups, migrant camps, homeless shelters, Native American reservations, and conferences and gatherings of all sorts. He addresses the complex but vital issues of race, class, gender, and personal rage through dialogue, story, poetry, and art.
September 20, 2018:
Dr. Jaiya John was born into foster care in New Mexico, and is an internationally recognized author, speaker, poet, spoken word artist, and youth mentor. Jaiya is the founder of Soul Water Rising, a global human mission that has donated thousands of Jaiya’s books in support of social healing, and offers scholarships to displaced and vulnerable youth. He is a former professor of social psychology at Howard University, has authored numerous books, and has spoken to over half a million professionals, adults, and youth worldwide. Jaiya is a National Science Foundation fellow, and holds doctorate and master’s degrees in social psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a focus on intergroup relations and identity development. As an undergraduate, he attended Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and lived in Kathmandu, Nepal, where he studied Tibetan Holistic Medicine through independent research with Tibetan doctors.
Jaiya’s book titles include Your Caring Heart: Renewal for Helping Professionals and Systems, Daughter Drink This Water (fiction), Calm: Inspiration for a Possible Life, Sincerity of Sunlight (inspiration), Fresh Peace (inspiration), Legendary: A Tribute to Those Who Honorably Serve Devalued Children, Beautiful: A Poetic Celebration of Displaced Children, Reflection Pond: Nurturing Wholeness in Displaced Children, Clear Moon Tribe (novel), The Day Jumoke Found His Name (children), Father to Son: Ode to Black Boys (spoken word), Habanero Love: A Poem of Sacred Passion, Lyric of Silence: A Poetic Telling of the Human Soul Journey, and Black Baby White Hands: A View from the Crib (memoir).