2018 Let’s Talk! Dallas
Thank you to everyone who joined us the for the 2018 Let’s Talk! Dallas Conference! We were immensely blessed and will be providing a report of the conference soon!
Saturday, September 15, 2018
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
KCUMC (달라스 중앙연합 감리교회)
3800 Carbon Rd, Irving, TX 75038
We’re inviting Korean American parents, middle and high school students, and youth group leaders in the Dallas area to this all-day event full of workshops and activities addressing topics such as family communication, identity, career, and mental health. The opening keynote speech will be given by our MSG director, Dr. Josephine Kim from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and more details on the schedule and other speakers can be found below!
Family Bonding Time
BRIDGING THE CULTURAL GAP BETWEEN KOREAN PARENTS AND THEIR KOREAN-AMERICAN CHILDREN
About the Speaker:
"Dr. Jo" is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who brings expertise on multicultural, mental health, and educational issues. She is the keynote speaker at numerous parent, teacher, counselor, and youth conferences in Asia and in the U.S. and is the author of two best-selling books in Korea "The secret to children's self-esteem" <우리아이자존감의비밀> and "Self-esteem in the classroom" <교실속자존감>.
Parent Session: Parents, Do You Know the Secret to Your Child’s Self-Esteem?
'Self-esteem' formed in childhood strengthens a child, leading to a life of success. This workshop will show parents why you should focus on self-esteem, what to do to increase your child's self-esteem, and what is the role of a genuinely wise parent. It will introduce specific parenting practices that parents can implement now.
Youth Leader Session: Church Leaders as First Responders: Crisis Management Working with Youth Students
In Korean-American society, church leaders often serve as first responders of personal crises and act as gatekeepers who identify and address mental health challenges. The session will help church leaders understand various types of crises, identify risk and reasons for behavioral health referral, and learn how to normalize and de-stigmatize mental health issues in the church. This will lead to a discussion for youth leaders to share current challenges and to engage in vulnerable conversations to support one another.
Youth Session 1: Communicating with Parents
Sometimes parents can seem like they’re so far away, having grown up in a different culture, country, and time. In our presentation, we’ll talk about the successes and challenges in communicating with our parents and share some tools on how to communicate our feelings to parents more effectively. We’ll also spend some time talking about the world they grew up in so that they won’t feel a generation apart but just across the kitchen table.
Youth Session 2: Looking forward: College/Career Decisions
While many Korean American students pursue post-secondary education, many go to college not fully aware of the struggles of entering a new environment. With added pressures of adjusting to academics and deciding on career paths, many express fears of finding a community. This session will review multiple facets of the college experience as a Korean American and provide a space for students to reflect and dialogue with others.
Youth Session 3: Inside Out: Explore Your Beauty Within
Female students only. In this session, we will explore messages regarding female beauty and self-worth we often hear from popular culture and the effects they can have on us. Through various activities and small group discussions, we will unpack those messages and explore how to thrive spiritually and emotionally in a world where beauty is measured solely by outward appearance.
Youth Session 4: Examining Our Masculinity: Uncovering the Mask We Live in
Male students only. American novelist and social critic James Baldwin once said: “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” During this workshop, we will begin facing the distortions, misinformation, and lies that limit our understanding of masculinity. We invite you to critically examine factors that contribute to this by participating in honest conversations and activities as well as through viewing thought-provoking videos. Join us as we begin uncovering the mask we live in and lean in to process of redefining a more holistic view on masculinity.