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February 27, 2024

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February 27, 2024

Join us at the annual SPEAK HARD youth conference in Jefferson City! Connect with fellow youth from all over the state, learn how to prevent risky behaviors, share strategies to educate peers, and have your voice heard by elected officials 

Registration: Now through February 16, 2024

Schedule for Speak Hard 2024:
9:00AM -10:00AM Pre-Conference & Legislative Meetings
10:00AM – 11:00AM Opening Session & Keynote
11:00AM – 12:00PM Prevent Module
12:00PM – 12:30PM Lunch
12:30PM – 1:30PM  Educate Module
1:30PM – 2:45PM Advocate Module
2:45PM – 3:15PM Closing Session & Outstanding Youth Awards

Keynote Speaker Skyler Gray

 Meet our keynote speaker, Skyler Gray, a survivor of an alcohol-related car accident, who turned her tragedy into a beacon of hope. 

At just 20 years old, Skyler sustained a C5 incomplete spinal cord injury and underwent 10 surgeries, endless hospital stays, and hundreds of hours of physiotherapy. From her experience, she found a calling to share her journey so others could learn.

In 2020, Skyler joined ThinkFirst Missouri, where she’s been sharing her inspiring story with hundreds of people at local, state, national, and international levels. 

Currently, she is pursuing a degree in nutrition and exercise physiology at the University of Missouri, with plans to complete the coordinated dietetics program. Let’s give a warm welcome to Skyler as she continues to inspire us with her strength and determination! 

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Registration  deadline is February 16, 2024

Coalition leaders throughout the state are asked to nominate youth for the Outstanding Youth Prevention Award.  The award honors youth that have made a commitment and significant contribution to prevent underage drinking and substance use in their communities. Nominations are due by February 1, 2024

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