Upcoming Events


2022 Education Leading to Employment and Career Training Conference

Coloring Outside the Lines: Empowering Young Parents to Envision a Brighter Future

The 2022 ELECT Conference is a unique opportunity to expose youth workers to research on trends and issues facing pregnant and parenting teens, best practices, resources, and strategies that can be incorporated at the program level to promote successful outcomes.

The event is open to Pennsylvania residents and out-of-state individuals who serve young people to facilitate their personal, social, and educational development from a variety of fields, including social work, education, public health, and community education.

ELECT Conference Website


Recorded Webinars


Tech-Friendly Strategies to Increase and Maintain Student Engagement

This four-part virtual series was a follow-up to the 2021 ELECT Conference session by Dr. Monica Burns. Dr. Burns offered ELECT grantees a deeper look at some of the strategies and tools she provided in her conference session through demonstration, hands-on activities and Q&A. Recordings can be accessed in the PA ELECT Grantee Network in MS Teams under Files.

Connecting to Nature for Health, Wellness and Self-Care

This interactive webinar will make use of several senses to explore simple ways to connect with elements of nature. There will be facilitated discussions around the benefits of nature on mental health, the value of growing and eating your own vegetables/herbs, and easy ways to “grow your own.” Outcomes include confidence to be in nature and conduct the activities presented resulting in deeper self-care. This webinar is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Building Effective Youth-Adult Partnerships

How do you form effective partnerships with youth that allow them to build the skills and competencies to be successful? Youth-adult partnerships take place when youth and adults plan, learn, and work together, with both groups sharing equally in the decision-making process. Join us for this session to learn how to engage young people as active participants in your classrooms and programs so that they meet academic, civic, and social-emotional outcomes while practicing engaged citizenry. Participants will examine the role of youth voice in their programs and receive resources on how to move up the ladder of meaningful youth-adult partnerships.

Current Drug Trends and Digital Resources

In this presentation, we will explore current drug trends, including specific information on vaping, marijuana and opioids. Participants will gain an understanding of adolescent addiction and the effects on the developing brain. Information on free digital resources for parents, adolescents, schools and families will be provided.

Relationships Matter

In this presentation, we will explore how unhealthy relationships may impact the healthy growth and development of children, students and young people. Participants will gain a general understanding of teen dating violence (TDV) and its long-term impact. We will identify how TDV shares characteristics with other forms of domestic violence and peer abuse. This interactive webinar will include hands-on strategies and brief exploration of teen dating violence prevention strategies and some immediate take-aways to share with students, staff and colleagues.

ELECT Data Webinar

ELECT is getting a new data system! The old data system will not be reopened for the 2019-2020 program year. Rather, all data will be collected and submitted using a spreadsheet that has been meticulously constructed and reviewed to ensure that we are gathering the information that we intend to collect moving forward.

Trauma-Informed Care in Schools: Next Steps

Schools are increasingly struggling with how to address students that display behavioral, mental health, and/or substances misuse issues. Building on the keynote she delivered in April, Emily Daniels will guide participants in understanding the trauma-informed care movement in that is happening in schools, why it especially applies to pregnant and teen parents, and how it can help to engage these learners.

The Implementation of Parent and Teen Wellness Circles

The presenters are Scott and Holly Stoner, co-directors of the Samaritan Family Wellness Foundation in Glendale, WI. This presentation is a follow-up to their general session offered on April 10 at the ELECT Statewide Conference, during which participants learned how to run Parent and Teen Wellness Circles, about Motivational Interviewing and the stages of change, and were given the materials needed to facilitate such a group. The webinar will offer an opportunity to have your questions answered and provide strategies and best practices for using the Parent and Teen Wellness Circle concepts in 1:1 meetings with students.

Steps to Successful Transition

It is recognized that ALL high school graduating students could benefit from goals that prepare them for adulthood. The Midwestern Intermediate Unit’s ELECT program took it a step further and categorized these goals into 6 independent living categories. Students are empowered to complete the Steps to a Successful Transition with intense follow up 10-12 weeks following their graduation. This webinar will highlight a best practice for serving students in the ELECT transition component and allow for discussion and sharing among program staff.

Navigating Technology in a Healthy Way

From overuse to addiction, the ugly side of smart technology is impacting everyone – from children to adults. Learn the do’s and don’ts so that your experience with technology is a positive one. This webinar will help participants understand the overall effects of technology on emotional and physical health, recognize the signs of technology overuse and addiction, learn strategies and tips for using technology in a positive way, and find resources for educating students and parents about technology use.

Using Protective Factors to Support the Healthy Development of Pregnant and Parenting Teens and Their Families

The Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework is a strengths-based approach to working with families. It is composed of five protective factors that, when robust in families, promote healthy outcomes for children. As youth mature they take on an increasingly active role in their own development. This shift is the focus of Youth Thrive, a research-informed framework that promotes factors that increase the likelihood that adolescents can develop into healthy, thriving adults. These complementary frameworks describe attributes that mitigate risk and enhance well-being for families and youth. Pregnant and parenting teens are at the juncture of these frameworks – they are developing as both parents and young people. Participants in this webinar will explore these frameworks and identify strategies to create environments where parenting teens feel empowered, build protective factors, and ultimately, experience positive outcomes.

Child Care Works: Subsidized Child Care Services for Teen Parents – Making the Connection

During the webinar, participants will learn about the basic eligibility requirements for subsidized child care, how services for teen parents are prioritized, and where they can go to access those services – the newly formed Early Learning Resource Centers (ELRCs).

Preventing Substance Use and Abuse Among Pregnant and Parenting Teens

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to the addicted individual and to those around him or her. Participants will learn about the continuum of addiction and discuss prevention strategies and treatment options best suited to pregnant and parenting teens. No amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy. Participants will identify symptoms of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Not all children with FASD are alike, the symptoms vary from mild to severe and early identification is the first step to an improved prognosis. Additionally, participants will explore the distinction between helping behavior and enabling behavior in order to assist pregnant and parenting teens who may be struggling with substance use or abuse.

Empowering Choices for Young Parents: Making Birth Control Options Real

Serving young parents requires a commitment to supporting delay of another pregnancy. Parenting one baby while attending school can be challenging – two could make academic growth truly difficult. One of ELECT’s stated goals is delaying more childbearing. How does an educator offer education on contraception while empowering young parents to make healthy choices benefiting themselves and their little ones? This webinar will offer medically accurate facts to assist ELECT personnel teach contraception with respect, honoring each young parent’s personal values while creating an atmosphere of open communication.

In-Home Visitor Safety: Practical Measures to Stay Safe

Providing home-visitation consultation services is an important part of the work we do. It allows us to provide better technical assistance to our clients as we observe their interactions with their children. But it is important that home visitors take steps to make sure that they, their co-workers and clients are all safe before, during and after home visits. This webinar will provide best practice recommendations for home visitors to keep them safe during home visits.

Suicide Awareness and Prevention

Many myths exist around the topic of suicide. One of the most dangerous myths is that talking about suicide with a young person will plant the idea in their head and cause suicide. In reality, the opposite is true. Asking directly about suicidal ideas or intentions can help people who believe like there is no one to talk to about how horrible they feel. This webinar will introduce the risk factors that contribute to mental health issues and suicidal behavior and the warning signs that require immediate action. Strategies for intervening will be explored as well as best practices for referrals and follow-up.