On October 26, more than 180 community members, 90by30 team members, agency partners, and others passionate about reducing child abuse and neglect in Lane County gathered at Lane Community College's Center for Meeting and Learning for 90by30's sixth annual conference. This year's theme was "Finding and Making Connections," and a standout part of the day was watching people do just that at our lunchtime resource fair. Twenty-seven cosponsors, ranging from groups that have been part of the 90by30 effort since the beginning to brand-new supporters, joined 90by30's Regional Teams for an hour and a half of learning about each other's work and discovering new ways we can collaborate to create safe, healthy, and nurturing communities for children and families.
We were excited to highlight Friends of the Children, a mentoring program that began in Portland and now has locations across the country. Founder Duncan Campbell and Director of Research Susan Walsh shared their efforts to break the cycle of generational poverty by providing participants with a professional, salaried mentor from Kindergarten through 12th grade. Carmen Urbina, Deputy Director at the Oregon Department of Education, joined us for a keynote on making connections with traditional and nontraditional partners.
After the resource fair, attendees selected from workshops on the "What Would We Do? Lane County" video series, implementing strategies through a trauma-informed lens, inspiring young people to volunteer, including families with children with special needs in prevention efforts, asking donors and businesses for contributions, and meeting facilitation.
Thank you to everyone who was part of the 2018 Conference - and to everyone who has supported 90by30 through the years!
The presentations given during the plenary session are available to view and download at the following links: