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September 5-6, 2017

Now is the Time: Improving Supports for Wisconsin's Youth and Young Adults

Do you support youth and/or young adults ages 16-25 as a provider, professional, parent, guardian, family member or caregiver? If so, this conference is for you! This two-day conference features national keynote speakers and breakout sessions with national, state, and local experts in youth and young adult development, mental health and substance abuse issues, national models of youth engagement, and other best practices to support and engage youth and young adults with behavioral health challenges. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has partnered with UW-Whitewater to host this event, part of the Youth Empowered Solutions! movement. This event is made possible through a grant from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, (NITT-HT) grant, CFDA93.243.

Cost: No cost, but must register to attend!

CEUs and CRCs will be provided at no charge to the participant.  Please visit the registration table to receive your CEU certificate or CRC verfication of completion.

Lodging not included in free registration.

September 5th Conference Keynote Speaker Debra Cady Debra Cady
Debra Cady, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Georgetown University and an Independent Consultant. Ms. Cady has over 35 years of experience working in children’s mental health with special expertise in the area of youth and young adults transitioning into adulthood. She is co-author of the Trauma-informed Method of Engagement (TIME) for Youth Advocacy and has presented the model in various venues for local, State, National and International audiences.

September 6th Conference Keynote Speaker Kevin Breel Kevin Breel
Kevin Breel’s TED Talk, “Confessions of a Depressed Comic”, has garnered more than four million views, making it one of the most watched TED talks ever on mental health and depression. In the four years since he delivered it, Kevin has been called one of the “Most Influential Millennials in the World” by Parade magazine, and he has become a national ambassador for Bell “Let’s Talk”. His honest and humorous take on his first-hand experience with depression, and his message of ending the stigma around mental illness once and for all, resonates with all of his audiences.

As an activist for mental health, Kevin has been a guest speaker for schools such as Harvard, Yale, and MIT, as well as for Fortune 500 Companies, and even for the Government of Canada.

A writer, his debut memoir, Boy Meets Depression, achieved critical acclaim, with Forbes calling it “a small book well worth reading” and NPR dubbing it “honest and compelling.” As a comedian, Kevin has headlined at theatres and colleges throughout North America.

Kevin is a recipient of multiple awards for his social activism, and he has been featured in countless media outlets including by NBC, CBS, The Huffington Post, MTV, CNN, The Today Show, Mashable and The Wall Street Journal.

Click to View Now is the Time Conference Biographies of Speakers


September 5th
8:00 - 9:15 a.m. Registration - Hamilton Room, University Center
9:15 - 9:30 a.m. Welcome/Opening Remarks
9:30 - 11:00 a.m. Keynote: Debra Cady
11:15 - 12:15 p.m. Breakout 1
12:15 - 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Breakout 2
2:45 - 3:00 p.m. BREAK
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Breakout 3


September 6th
8:00 - 9:30 a.m. Breakfast and Keynote: Kevin Breel
9:45 - 10:45 a.m. Breakout 4
11:00 - 12:00 p.m. Breakout 5
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:15 - 2:15 p.m. Breakout 6
2:15 p.m. Closing

*All times are subject to change


The conference will take place at University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, University Center. Directions to the campus can be found online by clicking here. A campus map can be found here.


Parking Information

Complimentary parking will be available in lot 14.  Arrive between 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. for a guaranteed spot.  Permits are required to park in all other campus lots.   More information on parking can be found on the Visitor Center website. 

Need a Hotel Room?

Super 8 Whitewater: (262) 472-0400, 917 E. Milwaukee Street, Whitewater.
Baymont Hotel: (262) 472-9400, 1355 W Main Street, Whitewater.
Whitewater also has bed and breakfast accommodations.


Brenda Johansen (262) 472-1704 or email