In May 2019 we hosted our
2nd Annual
“Be In The Know”
Youth Conference at
Stonehill College.

The 2nd Annual Be In The Know Youth Conference was a tremendous success of 2019. It brought together over 115 student leaders and 35 youth advisers and volunteers from 14 different schools in the region. The day was packed full of activities, presentations and fun and you could genuinely feel a sense of youth empowerment in the room.

The conference agenda consisted of student led presentations, a world café break out session led by two of the Collaborative’s high school interns, keynote speaker Matt Ganem, music by DJ New New, dancing and a whole lot of fun.

Throughout the entire day, students were encouraged to meet peers from different school districts, learn innovative youth prevention strategies, and engage in rich discussion about how substance use affects their schools and communities and potential solutions to make lasting change.

Keynote Speaker: Matt Ganem

How To Help: Kelly Macomber

Good Morning & Welcome!

Grand Prize Winner!

Why Are We Doing This?

The Kindness Rocks Project

One of our interactive activities. “One message at just the right moment can change someone’s entire day, outlook, life…” Take One-Make One

DJ Nuno, the best DJ around, joined us for the 2nd year in a row. Thank you NewNew Musik for always creating such a fun & upbeat atmosphere for everyone in attendance.

Bridgewater-Raynham students enjoying the photo booth. Thank you ShootMe PhotoBooth for helping us provide attendees with such a fun activity throughout the day!


“It kept the interest of the students by giving away prizes throughout the event. Students spoke to each other about what they were doing to make a difference in their own schools. I think it was nice that there was a DJ so the students could listen to music they enjoyed throughout the event as well.”

“Examples of student’s accomplishments.”

“I loved that each presentation was done completely by the students without their advisors. I think that the “student voice” is so important and comes across far better to other students rather than adults.”

“The energy and giveaways”

“This was so much fun and motivating”

“I liked that the students were able to showcase their work and gain public speaking experience. All of the students from the various schools did an excellent job talking about their projects.”

“The breakout sessions were very informative”

“I love how it lifts up student voices.”

“Great information, loved seeing students represent their schools and present information. Awesome prize giveaways for all students!”

“I love the thought that is put into every aspect of the event. The organizers are able to hold the attention of the students, and really high light the wonderful things that are going on in the community.”

“it was great hearing what other places are doing”

“The students and the engagement with the audience!!! Everything!! Awesome job!!!”

“Guest speaker, Matt Ganem, was inspiring and relatable for young guests”

“This was very inspirational for bringing new ideas to my school. The students did a wonderful job”

“Fantastic DJ! Awesome conference. Great job again! :)”

“So many great ideas for projects and events to bring back to the school”


“Super fun, positive day :)”

“I got some great ideas on changing the first offense punishment into something more educational/preventative instead of punitive”

“I LOVED IT! Everyone was so open!”

“Great program this year! Loved it even more than last year”

“Very fun and inspirational”

“This was a great experience and learned a lot”

“This was amazing and I hope I can come back”

“This conference taught me a lot”

“Very empowering”

“Thank you for hosting this event. It helps youth learn ways to enact and motivate younger generations”

“I had so much fun!”

“I learned a lot on how to help people that abuse drugs and alcohol”

“Can’t wait for next year”

“Amazing! I loved every second, I hope I can come back next year! Greatest time ever!”

“It was very inspiring and I am excited to come back next year”

“Amazing! I loved every second, I hope I can come back next year! Greatest time ever!”

“It was inspiring”

“I feel my confidence has been boosted and my anxiety reduced”

“For my first event, I could only wish to come back next year and come back with more knowledge”

“My first conference here and it was the best”

“Greatly organized and very inspirational”

“Awesome experience!”