Virtual Learning Series

Hope Dealer Wanted

Every Child Has a Story,
Every Story Deserves Heroes

October 17, 2020

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Hope Dealer Wanted

Every Child Has a Story, Every Story Deserves Heroes

Presenter: Hasan Davis

Saturday, October 17, 2020
Keynote Session: 9:00am-11:00am
Workshop: 11:30am-12:30pm


Hasan will share his inspirational journey from his childhood filled with love but also many challenges navigating education, justice, and social service systems. Systems that, more often than not, failed to provide he and his family the support they needed to be successful. Hasan was lucky to find that on his journey there were, within each system, outliers and resisters who found a way to engage, encourage and, empower him with skills, grit, and resilience. With their support, he transcended his mounting list of “failures” to become an advocate for himself and eventually a champion for others facing challenges. Hasan believes that each person in the community has the opportunity, and the responsibility, to influence and transform the way children and youth experience success. Hasan will share the simple strategies his personal champions employed to help him complete the “JD shuffle” and go from Hasan Davis Juvenile Delinquent to Hasan Davis Juris Doctor.

We will explore:

◆︎ A better understanding of the cradle to prison pipeline
◆︎ Building the economic argument for investing more federal dollars in early childhood vs. Justice/Corrections programming
◆︎ A framework for exploring the impact of Social Emotional engagement strategies to mitigate the impact of early childhood trauma (and Drama) on Early Brain Development
◆︎ The impact that one caring adult can have on the lifelong trajectory of a child
Pages from a “Hope Dealer Handbook” inspirational lessons from Hasan’s Hope Dealers that now guide his own work
◆︎ Closing thoughts

Workshop: Strategies for building resilience in children
Hasan will explore the importance of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and non-cognitive engagement on young people. In an exploration of the Affective Domain (often referred to as The Feeling House, per Hasan’s Mentor, the late Dr. Willie Parker) Hasan will share some of his core strategies for building resilience and establishing connections with youth. Bring something to write on, something to write with as I introduce you to a hands-on exploration of self, using tools like the Bio Poem. This simple creative engagement tool that can provide so much feedback to you as you plan for success with children and families.

◆︎ Objective 1: Experience and learn the process and basic structure of Bio Poem by crafting their own.
◆︎ After completing your own Bio Poem we will explore how variations of this tool can be employed to engage pre-writing children and as an exercise with parents/guardians.
◆︎ Objective 2: Review and reflect on the Bio Poem exercise as an active assessment instrumented
◆︎ Objective 3: Explore how the Bio Poem process can be used to support educational planning, identify strengths and communicate the needs of children.

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