The Boone County Children's Services Board Presents

Voices for Collection Action logo

March 12, 8:00am - 5:00pm

(Coffee and Registration Starts at 7:15am)

At Missouri United Methodist Church

RSVP today to reserve your seat!

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 youth violence prevention, the state of youth violence in Boone County, and evidence-based practices focused on treating youth violence.
  2. Conference attendees network across different community sectors to advance youth violence prevention.
  3. Conference attendees develop community goals aimed at preventing youth violence 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 happen in the afternoon by identifying 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

Thursday, March 12, 2020

7:15am - 8:00am

Registration and Coffee

8:00am - 11:15am


  • Local Data on Youth and Violence
  • Youth Focus Groups Findings
  • Trauma and Youth
  • Grief and Loss

11:15am - 12:15pm

Lunch (Provided)

12:15pm - 5:00pm

Community Action Planning




Rachel Jones, LPC

Manager of Trauma Informed Treatment, Department of Mental Health

Dr. Tashel Bordere

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


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!