Help Us "Shape the Future" at the 2023 Northland Prevention Conference!

Gather with other caring adults with a passion for protecting our youth for a day of learning, empowerment, and connection! For the first time since March 2020, the Northland Prevention Conference will be taking place in-person! Join us for the 2023 Northland Prevention Conference, “Shaping the Future,” on Friday, February 24th from 8:30am-2:30pm at Platte Woods United Methodist Church. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. To kick off the day, the Northland Coalition president will share a welcome message and then awards will be presented to those who have made an impact in prevention this year. Following awards, attendees will hear from two featured speakers, Aubree Adams and Erik Erazo. Aubree and Erik will share how their real life experiences and programs have changed the lives of those in their communities. After a short break, attendees will pick two breakout sessions to attend. To conclude the day, Latrese Kabuya will provide an empowering message, encouraging us all to be our best selves and make a change in the world. Together, we can use the power of prevention to shape safe and healthy communities for youth to live, learn, and grow.

Sponsorship Opportunities Are Now Available!

The Northland Coalition is seeking conference sponsors to provide financial support for this event. Your generous contribution will help cover various costs including speaker fees, swag, food, and materials. With your help, we can mobilize more individuals to promote healthy and safe environments for youth! 

This year we are offering four sponsorship levels – diamond, star, heart, and other donations. Read more about what is included with each sponsorship level below.

  • Six conference admissions
  • Your business/organization will be announced at the event, alongside other Diamond-level sponsors
  • Your logo included on all marketing materials including the conference agenda, scrolling PowerPoint, and workshop welcome PowerPoint slides, as well as Northland Coalition social media and website
  • Opportunity to host a resource table, if you choose
  • Event outcome data will be provided to share with your organization’s stakeholders
  • Four conference admissions
  • Your business/organization will be announced at the event, alongside other Star-level sponsors
  • Your logo included on all marketing materials including the conference agenda, scrolling PowerPoint, and workshop welcome PowerPoint slides, as well as Northland Coalition social media and website
  • Opportunity to host a resource table for your organization, if you choose
  • Two conference admissions
  • Your business/organization will be listed in the scrolling PowerPoint and on the Northland Coalition website
  • Your business/organization will be listed on the scrolling PowerPoint and the Northland Coalition website

Featured Speakers

Aubree Adams

Aubree Adams

As Director of Every Brain Matters, a primary project of the Parent Action Network, Aubree has grown a community of support and advocacy based on science and lived experience. Aubree co-developed Mar-Anon, a 12-Step program that gives support and hope to families affected by another person’s marijuana use.

Erik Erazo

Erik Erazo

Throughout his career, Erazo has created various programs for students. His two flagship programs are the Olathe Leadership Lowrider Bike Club and The Spot which target at-risk youth by providing mentorship and encourages students to maintain personal identities while removing negative activities. Currently, these programs boast a 100% graduation rate.

Latrese Kabuya

Latrese Kabuya

Latrese Kabuya is driven by her passion to inspire, uplift and educate people about their mental wellness. Latrese’s transparency, relatability and energy, makes her a frequently sought-after speaker. She participates in Women’s Wellness seminars, mental health events, workshops, conferences, and as a keynote speaker. In 2015, she hosted her inaugural It’s All About You (IAAY) Empowerment seminar (IAAY) for girls ages 8 – 18.

Workshop Speakers

Cassidey Collins

Cassidey Collins

Cassidey Collins is the Assistant Director of School Based Integrated Services with Synergy Services and has helped grow the school based program in Jackson, Clay and Platte Counties. She is a trainer of Search Institutes Developmental Assets and Relationships Frameworks, and throughout her career has provided training on trauma informed care, inclusivity and diversity, and positive youth development to community partners, nonprofit agencies, and local school faculty.

Fahrmeier Jeremy

Jeremy Fahrmeier

Jeremy began his law enforcement career in 1996 with the Lafayette County Missouri Sheriff’s Office. In 2013 he began working for the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.

Kim Halfhill

Kim Halfhill

Kim Halfhill is the founder of KH Consulting. She currently works with both local and national clients to improve community health and quality of life outcomes through a systematic, data-driven approach. Kim serves on the Board of Directors for ACT Missouri, the Excelsior Springs Community Foundation, and is an active coalition member of Excelsior Springs SAFE.


Amy Holsopple

Amy loves promoting ideas, products and organizations that have positively impacted her life, in hopes they can make a difference in your life, too. When she discovered Screen Sanity, she not only felt immense relief to have a guide as she raises a digital native, but she felt a call to help further Screen Sanity’s mission — because digital health is a critical component of mental health.


Jonathan Ridgeway

Jonathan Ridgeway is a Youth Prevention Media Specialist with Tri-County Mental Health Services. He has a background in marketing, specializing in youth messaging regarding substance use and mental wellness.


Kim Shaw-Ellis

Kim Shaw-Ellis enjoyed a career of more than 33 years in Law Enforcement and is looking forward to continuing to share her experience through training and consulting in her retirement. When she retired, Kim eagerly accepted a position with Synergy Services as a Community Police Liaison. This allowed her to continue her passion for training as a subject matter expert on Domestic Violence Response/Investigation, Diversity & Inclusion and Tactical Communication/De-Escalation.

We Are Northland Coalition

The Northland Prevention Conference is hosted by the Northland Coalition, a dedicated group of volunteers whose goal is to prevent and reduce substance use among our youth. This one-day conference is hosted for coalition members and concerned adults in our communities to gain tools, resources, and knowledge that fuel effective prevention efforts across the Northland. The Northland Coalition receives technical assistance from Tri-County Mental Health Services, Inc., the Prevention Resource Center for Clay, Platte, and Ray counties.

Calling Coalition Members and Caring Adults!

Who should attend? Any adult concerned about youth! This includes, but is not limited to, parents, caregivers, educators, law enforcement, health care professionals, youth-serving organizations, civic/volunteer organizations, government officials, and faith leaders

Conference Schedule

Click on the agenda item to see workshop descriptions.

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Welcome and Awards

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Featured Speaker #1: Aubree Adams

10:20 AM - 11:05 AM

Featured Speaker #2: Erik Erazo

11:20 AM - 12:10 PM

Workshop Session #1

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM


1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

Workshop Session #2

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Closing with Latrese Kabuya

Workshop topics include how to effectively communicate prevention messages to youth, internet safety, current local drug trends, the role of unconscious bias in prevention, social determinants of health, and the 40 developmental assets.

Check back regularly for updates on speakers and workshops as they are available!

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