Introducing our keynote speakers and workshop facilitators
Keynote speaker – Maya Vences
Maya Vences is Chicana, a graduate of West Salem High School ('18), and the 2018 Oregon Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year. Having found herself in a place of mental instability and later receiving a mental health disorder diagnosis, she has become a strong mental health advocate seeking to help peers overcome stigmas while encouraging them to find support. Maya is an active member in her community taking on leadership roles with service projects, helping redirect first-time offenders to engage in positive spaces like the Boys & Girls Club, and raising funds for local non-profits in order to provide services in the community. Currently, she is attending Western Oregon University studying to serve as a Psychiatric Nurse.
Master of Ceremonies – Sonny Saltalamachia
Sonny Saltalamachia has been working with youth in the Marion County area since 2006 and exclusively with young people struggling with Addiction/Mental Health issues since 2010. He has an associate’s degree in Addiction Studies, Bachelors in Psychology, and a Masters in Counseling. He is a registered intern with the State of Oregon as he pursues his Professional Counseling Licensure. Currently, he is the Clinical Supervisor for the Adolescent Program at Bridgeway Recovery Services. He understands the depth of youth issues on a personal level as he battled Addiction and Anxiety as a teenager; not to mention being a lifelong Raiders fan causing him years of disappointment and frustration. He is happily married to his wife Rachel, with two rambunctious little boys, and they just welcomed in their new baby girl Joy to the world. He’s passionate about seeing young people find their value in life.
Announcement coming soon.
Coping with Stress
Presented by YouthLine: A service of Lines for Life.
What’s your definition of stress? Not your parents’ definition but yours. What causes it? How do you cope with it? This interactive workshop presented by youth will help participants recognize stressors and guide teens on what to do next. Plus, learn about resources and supports for you and your classmates.
Teen-Living in the Digital Age
Presented by Marion County Prevention Services
Workshop summary coming soon.
People Need People
Presented by Bridgeway Recovery Youth Services
Suicide. Not a fun topic but a necessary one. In this workshop you’ll learn that you already possess everything needed to help prevent suicide in your community. Be empowered: together we can help our friends, classmates, and loved ones. Let’s start the conversation on suicide and let’s end it talking about life!
Teen Life in a Video Gaming Culture
Presented by Satellite Gaming
The culture of video games is in a constant state of growth. With new advances in technology, new varieties of games and new opportunities for money, there is always something to learn. Satellite Gaming is diving into this unique culture with the goal of bringing out every bit of positivity that can be found. In this workshop, you will learn about gaming in universities, eSports, career opportunities and how you can better understand and serve the ever growing culture of gaming as a young leader in your community. Please note: This workshop is a resource for all, not just those who play video games.