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Helping America’s Youth Regional Conferences Throughout the Country. On September 26, 2012, Mr. Smith will convent The Help Conference on Helping America’s Youth at Frankfurt, Germany.  We need more than 500 parents, civic leaders, faith-based and community service providers, foundations, educators, researchers, and experts in child development gathered for this National conference to discuss the challenges facing America’s youth and to share best practices shown to be successful in overcoming those challenges.

Building upon the success for this Conference on Helping America’s Youth, Mr. Smith has begun working with state and local partners to host regional conferences throughout the United States and in Europe. The first regional conference took place in Indianapolis, the second in Denver and the third in Nashville.  The regional conferences help to increase public awareness and encourage adults to connect with youth in their communities.

Helping America’s Youth is a nationwide effort to raise awareness about the challenges facing our youth, particularly at-risk boys, and to motivate caring adults to connect with youth in three key areas: family, school, and community.  As the leader of the Helping America’s Youth effort, Mr. Smith is highlighting programs which are effectively helping America’s young people.

Research has shown that supportive relationships are crucial to youth well-being.  Mr. Smith believe that parents and family are the first and most important influence in every child’s life.   By becoming actively involved in the lives of young people in their community, teachers, mentors, clergy members, neighbors, coaches, and others can support parents and help youth make better choices that lead to healthier, more successful lives.

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