The Boone County Children's Services Board Presents

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UPDATE: Due to the Novel Corona 2019 (COVID-19) threat,
this conference has been postponed until further notice

Purpose of the Event

The Boone County Children's Services Board (BCCSB) is coordinating a conference to bring community-wide stakeholders to learn, discuss, and develop an action plan to reduce youth violence and improve the well-being of children in Boone County.


  1. Conference attendees learn about top issues facing our youth.
  2. Conference attendees network across different community sectors to advance youth violence prevention.
  3. Conference attendees begin developing a community action plan aimed at youth violence prevention in Boone County, MO.
Youth Violence Prevention Forum

BCCSB hosted a forum in June 2019 to get recommendations from community members on coordinating a conference. Participants were from different backgrounds in our community: health and human services, social services, faith community, law enforcement, school personnel, higher education faculty, community advocates, juvenile justice, and local business.

Focus group
Youth Focus Groups

Participants from the Forum expressed the need to have youth voices guide community action planning. The Boone County Community Services Department is organizing Youth Focus Groups to learn what our teens think are the strengths and weaknesses in our community and what should be done about it. This information will be presented at the conference and utilized during action planning.

Youth Violence Prevention Conference

The conference is a compilation of what we've learned from forum participants, youth in our community, and research. We need community members from all sectors to be present to help draft an action plan to address violence in Boone County. The conference is a place to facilitate collective impact by bringing together the multitude of efforts devoted to improving the lives of our youth.

Action planning
Action Planning

Action planning will identify goals for the community to support youth. Our community will be asked to participate in follow-up activities, meetings, and opportunities to create positive change. The action plan will also be used to guide future funding opportunities and decisions of the Boone County Children's Services Board.

Conference Agenda

7:15am - 8:00am

Registration and Coffee

8:00am - 8:15am


8:15am - 8:30am

Law Enforcement and Emergency Response Data - Lieutenant Brian Tate

8:30am - 9:05am

A Trauma Informed Approach to Youth Violence Prevention - Rachel Jones, LPC

9:05am - 9:40am

Suffocated Grief and Healing Among Youth after Homicide Loss - Dr. Tashel Bordere

9:40am - 10:00am


10:00am - 10:45am

Voices for Collective Impact: Incorporating Youth Voices - Megan Corbin Bania and Boone County Youth

10:45am - 11:45am

Action Planning - Part I

11:45am - 12:30pm

Lunch (Provided)

12:30pm - 4:00pm

Action Planning - Part II

4:00pm - 4:55pm

Action Planning - Part III

4:55pm - 5:00pm

Closing Remarks


Dr Tashel Bordere
Dr. Tashel Bordere

Certified Thanatologist (Death, Dying, and Bereavement), Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri - Human Development and Family Science

Carrie Collier
Carrie Collier

New Chapter Coaching, LLC

Megan Corbin Bania
Megan Corbin Bania

Data and Performance Analyst, Boone County Community Services Department

Rachel Jones, LPC
Rachel Jones, LPC

Manager of Trauma Informed Treatment, Department of Mental Health

Carolyn Sullivan
Carolyn Sullivan

New Chapter Coaching, LLC

Lieutenant Brian Tate
Lieutenant Brian Tate

Columbia Police Department


Missouri United Methodist Church

204 S 9th St
Columbia, MO 65201

Free parking is available with no registration required on level 4 of the MU Hitt Street Parking Structure. Thank you to MU Parking and Transportation for waiving parking fees for this event!

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Want to become a conference sponsor? Contact Boone County Community Services!