Creating Effective Youth and Adult Partnerships

Creating Effective Youth and Adult Partnerships
Presented by Jayette Hightower
Youth and adults will participate in an interactive workshop to discuss the topic of youth-adult partnerships.  Participants will be given the opportunity to listen to each others' point of view, and discuss the strengths and challenges of these powerful partnerships from the perspectives of both young people and adults. Participants will also examine best practices in the field of youth development and will have opportunities to practice strategies for positive growth.

Jayette Hightower
Jayette Hightower was a member, and also was president, of the California Youth Connection from 2000- 2006. As a member she participated in the organization on many levels. For several years she has worked with many organizations interested in improving the lives of youth in foster care nationwide, from non-profits to universities. Jayette was a mentor to foster youth from 2000- 2006, then transferred to the position of Independent Living Program Coordinator from 2004-2006. She recently become one of the newest trainers with Foster Youth in Action, and is thrilled to apart of a national movement. Her experiences in the foster care system have inspired her to give back to the youth currently in foster care and to do what she can to improve the system. She has been able to witness, firsthand, how the power and drive of the Foster Youth Movement can improve/change systems, the lives of individuals and ideologies through Administrative and Legislative change. She also participated on many training projects, such as the Y.O.U.T.H. Training Project, that empower youth and influence social work practice nationally. A graduate of California State University Fullerton with a baccalaureate of arts degree in Communicative Disorders and Rochester Institute of Technology with a master’s of science in Secondary Education of the Deaf, she currently works as a teacher of the Deaf in Austin, TX.



Thank you to our sponsors! 

BC Graduate School of Social Work

Dave Thomas Foundation

UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst College of Education

UMass Amherst College of Natural Sciences

Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts

One Simple Wish

One Simple Wish offering scholarships for 50 youth to attend the Rudd-REFCA conference.  If you are a young person that has experienced foster care and you would like to learn more about how One Simple Wish can help, please at or read this FAQ.

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