May 14 - 15, 2018

Allies 4 Youth

Formerly The High Risk Youth Conference


Join us in the celebration of youth

This years youth conference will be held  at  the Edmonton Marriot at River Cree Resort on 300 E Lapotac Blvd, Edmonton, we'd love it if you could join us.


May 14th

Day 1

May 15th

Day 2

View The Schedule

Keynote Speakers


Dr. Martin Brokenleg

Dr Martin Brokenleg is co-author of the book Reclaiming Youth at Risk:  Our Hope for the Future and co-developer of the Circle of Courage mode...


Joseph Spinazzola, Ph.D.

Dr. Spinazzola is the Executive Director of the Trauma Center and Vice President of Behavioral Health and Trauma Services at Justice Resource Institute...


Stephen “Buddha” Leafloor

BluePrintForLife and Blueprint Pathways founder and Executive Director, Masters in Social Work and over 30 years’ experience at-risk youth...


Youth Panel Presenters



Changing the name from High-Risk Youth Conference to Allies for Youth Connections Conference.

In short, this is a shift away from the labelling of the term High-risk youth. While HRYC is well known and a descriptive name that references not only a specific event, but also a specific practice framework and philosophy with a sub-group of youth, it does not justify using a negative label that can follow youth into adulthood, and as parents. The A4YC Steering Committee feels that convenience to us as service providers does not justify a label that can have a negative impact on youth. We looked for a name that is consistent with a strength-based approach to working with youth and to foster an anti-oppressive mindset. While a lengthy, but worthwhile effort, we found a new name for our conference.



Our Conference

From May 14-15, 2018, the Allies 4 Youth Conference will bring together service providers, researchers, experts, and the youth to focus on the growing population of young people (12+) with increasingly complex needs. This conference will specifically focus on youth homelessness, aboriginal youth & social justice, ethnocultural youth & trauma, and the voice of youth. We keep in mind that all youth, deserve the opportunity to lives their lives in a meaningful way, to feel safe, and experience a sense of inclusion and belonging.

This work with our youth incorporates the most recent research, literature and trends in areas such as trauma, attachment and brain development in children and youth; harm reduction; resilience; strength-based practice; collaborative, multi-disciplinary practice; trauma-informed intervention.