We can't wait to see you at the University of Washington from October 21-24, 2024! Stay tuned for details!

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 Keynote Speaker Announced!

 Chap Clark

Chapman R. “Chap” Clark, PhD

President, Parenteen, Inc. (a 501[c]3 nonprofit)

Chap Clark (PhD, University of Denver) is a researcher, author, and an acclaimed leader in adolescent and emerging adult development and culture. Chap is a highly sought-after speaker, inspirational communicator, and consultant. His warm and engaging use of humor and authentic style connect with all ages and backgrounds. His latest work is on the Cultural Pivot™: how societal shifts have affected all of us, especially Gen Z and AlphaGen.


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A few details about the conference and breakout sessions:
1) Conference Theme: Moving the Needle: Creating a Space for Youth Safety
2) Location: University of Washington
3) Dates: October 21-24, 2024
4) Sessions: Pre-conference - October 21 Breakout Sessions & All Group: October 22-24. Virtual Sessions: October 22-23
5) All breakout sessions will run 75 minutes in length
6) Two-part sessions are welcome; please indicate in the description section below
7) Some sessions may be repeated to allow more attendees to benefit
8) If your proposal is accepted, please be prepared to complete a Speaker Agreement Form 
We are excited to welcome you to Seattle, Washington!
The nearest airport is Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The Watertown Hotel is 18.7 miles from the airport.
Transportation from SeaTac to the hotel:
Uber/Lyft - $25-$35
Link Light Rail - trains depart every 7-15 minutes.
Taxi - $40-$50
You can also fly into Paine Field Snohomish

Coming from Paine Field you have access to ride share, taxi, shuttle, rental car, and bus (transfer required). 


What to do

Check out all that Seattle, Washington has to offer! 

Watertown Hotel
Host Hotel: Watertown Hotel
4242 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
Hotel Booking Link - valid until September 20, 2024.  If you would like to arrive earlier than or depart after the scheduled dates, you will need to call and book directly at 866-866-7977.  
Rates: $189/night + tax, waived amenity fee
Check in: 4:00pm, Check out: 12:00pm
Amenities: High-bandwidth Wi-fi, bicycles, in-room coffee, signature pineapple cookies, coffee welcome reception. fitness center, onsite cafe
.5 miles from the University of Washington, Alder Commons
Registration Rates
In Person Member Non-member
Early Bird (through June) $400 $560
Regular $485 $670
Networking Dinner $55 $55
Virtual  Member Non-member
Early Bird (through June) $200 $280
Regular $245 $335
Preconference 101 & 202* Member Non-member
Early Bird (through June) $180 $225
Regular $215 $305

*The HEPNet Youth Protection 101 session will cover where to start with youth protection - covering the policy life cycle, background checks, training, and much more. This is a must-attend for those new in the field or position or for those wanting to learn more about mitigating the risk of minors on campus and related properties.  This deep dive will include how to keep kids safe and reduce liability on your campus and related properties, the importance of compliance registration systems and how they help to pull the pieces of your policy together, ins and outs of background checks and the difference between types of checks, best practices regarding staff training, and different ways to monitor your programs for compliance, as well as a panel discussion of experts in the field. The 202 session is next level, geared towards those that have a policy in place but are still fairly new to the field. 202 topics will include buy-in, policy, and auditing, as well as networking and panel discussions. 
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Due by June 15 for consideration for next year and beyond



2023 Conference: Youth Protection on My Mind | October 2-5, 2023 | Athens, GA and virtual

2022 Conference: Driving Youth Protection | September 13-16, 2022 | Indianapolis, Indiana and virtual

2021 Conference: Back to the Future | October 4-7, 2021 | Virtual

2020 Conference: Keeping Clear Vision in Times of Change | October 12-15, 2020 | Virtual

2019 Conference: Giant Leaps in Youth Protection in Higher Education | October 7-10, 2019 | West Lafayette, Indiana

2018 Conference: Innovate and Elevate: Building Awareness and Developing New Strategies | October 16-19, 2018 | Salt Lake City, Utah

2017 Conference: All In: Advancing Youth Protection in Higher Ed | October 17-20, 2017 | Clemson, South Carolina

2016 Conference: Conference on Youth Programs in Higher Education- Policy & Procedure: Two Step Toward Compliance | October 20-22, 2016 | San Antonio, Texas (hosted by Texas A&M)

2015 Conference: Minors on Campus Conference | October 21-23, 2015 | College Station, Texas (hosted by Texas A&M)

2014 Conference: Minors on Campus Conference | October 25, 2014 | College Station, Texas (hosted by Texas A&M)

2014 Meeting/Conference: Baltimore Meeting on Higher Ed Child Protection | May 12-14, 2014 | Baltimore, MD (hosted by Ann Franke)

We held the first in-person meeting in Baltimore on May 13-14, 2014. The University Risk Management and Insurance Association (URMIA) accepted a proposal for a youth protection panel at its mid-Atlantic regional meeting. We gathered as a group of about 20 people for two separate conversations during that conference.