The 7th Conference on 11/07/09, "Theme: "You Matter".
I dedicated the conference to all the at-risk youth, runaways, troubled kids, youth on Juvenile Probation that I work with or have worked with as their Mentor.
I work with so many kids that think or believe that they don't matter.
I especially dedicated this conference to an 8 year old, that I've advocated for through the courts; to have this child placed in a safe environment.
So every year I dedicate the conference to someone special and incorporate having youth display their artwork with my work to encourage them to keep doing art no matter what.