Conference focuses on resilience, reaching between generations

Participants at the 2017 AEYC conference raise their hands. (Courtesy photo | Dave Newton)

A conference this week aims to bring people together across generations.

The Association for Education of Young Children (AEYC) and the Juneau Suicide Prevention Coalition are joining forces to set up their Resiliency Symposium, which runs from Thursday, March 15 to Saturday, March 17 at Centennial Hall. The conference is called “ARRR!” which stands for Attachment, Responsive Relationships, Resilience.

The aim of the conference is to educate people young and old about how to become closer as a community, how to reduce adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and other tools to deal with hardship. There will be keynote speakers, breakout sessions in different ballrooms, lunches, coffee breaks and more.

There will also be a Mindfulness Film Festival that is open to the community. Admission is pay-as-you-can, with donations going to the Southeast Alaska Food Bank. This will include a series of short films that educates people about ways to use mental willpower to overcome stress and challenges. The festival will take place Thursday and Friday from 7-8:30 p.m.

The conference costs $175 for the entire three days. To go on only Thursday, the rate is $25, and to go on Friday or Saturday, the cost is $90. Those interested in attending can go to


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