A day of fun activities, informative workshops, with new friends and fun prizes. This event is free and open to all middle and high school students in central Iowa.


 For session information, please click here or scroll down to below.


2500 Fleur Dr, Des Moines, IA 50321



Click on the titles below to for a brief descriptions of each sessions.

How To Be An Awesome Ally (AM)

How can you be a great ally to LGBTQ students at your school? Participants will learn in this interactive workshop how to show up for and speak out with LGBTQ students, making sure that every student has a safe space in school.


Becky Smith (She/Her/Hers) is the Director of Youth Engagement for Iowa Safe Schools. Becky brings with her a wealth of experience working with LGBTQ* young people, and is excited to share her knowledge on GSA organizing, youth advocacy, and intersectionality.

Teen Movement and Mindfullness (AM)

50 minute session of : Deep breathing exercises (with essential oils), Mindfulness through listening/movement, Affirmations for healthy happy living, Stretches and postures that are intended to invigorate your body, Postures that are intended to calm and relax your mind and body, Guided Relaxation


Elissa Cirignotta is a writer, teacher and world traveler. When she’s not teaching or practicing yoga in Des Moines, Portland or Sicily, you can find her growing plants, planning trips and writing stories. She founded Happy Mindful People; for more information, visit: happymindfulpeople.com.

Do My Parent's Have To Know? (AM)

This session will cover confidential health care services teens can access without the consent of their parents.


Teens Against Human Trafficking (AM)


Everyone we know uses social media, so how could it ever be dangerous? Teens Against Human Trafficking’s Social Media Workshop will help you identify the role social media plays in human trafficking, and ways to stay safe when using the internet.


Mary Kate Leister is a Program Specialist with Teens Against Human Trafficking. She has a bachelor’s degree in social work from Loras College and is currently working on her master’s degree in social work at the University of Missouri (Go Tigers!). Before joining the Teens Against Human Trafficking team at YSS, she worked with homeless youth in the Des Moines area with Iowa Homeless Youth Centers (also a YSS program). She is passionate about ending human trafficking and enjoys teaching others about the issue. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and Starbucks.

Teens and Substance Abuse (PM)

Session info coming soon

Practical Teens Surviving Depression (PTSD) (PM)

We will provide information on depression, signs and symptoms, as well as resources that teens can use themselves and/or pass on to others. We will incorporate art into our session to demonstrate how art can be beneficial not only in therapy, but also with expression of thoughts and feelings. Our goal is for participants to walk away with practical information on what depression is, how to notice symptoms in themselves or others, and resources to reach out for help.


Marcia Bradley has a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy and has worked with children and families in the Des Moines area since 1996.

Maria Savaidis is a licensed mental health counselor and has provided in home family therapy as well as therapy in a school setting. Maria has worked with children, teens, and families in the Des Moines area since 2011.

Healthy Eating (PM)

Eating well is an important part of feeling and being well. During this session, Lyn will explore food preferences and learn how to make small changes and healthier choices.

About the presenter:

Lyn Jenkins MPH is the Community Health 5210 Coordinator with HCI/VNS. Lyn supports school and community health by addressing the policies, systems, and environments that can help make the healthy choice the easier choice for children and families. She has coordinated and led health education programs through the Iowa Nutrition Network School Grant Program with children, families, and community members in hundreds of in-school and out-of-school settings focusing on increasing health behaviors like eating more fruits and vegetables and getting active every day. Lyn has created nutrition and physical activity lessons and curriculum with the Iowa Department of Education and the Iowa Department of Public Health. She has degrees in Human Services and Public Health and takes a special interest in the interplay of health and education for children and families.

#MeToo (PM)

Session info coming soon


Click on the titles below to for a brief descriptions of the keynote speakers.

Liz Nead (Morning)

Liz is an adventure speaker, most recently climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and flipping 300-pound tires in the Iowa Strongman Games. She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and has authored several best-selling books—Curry Up, The 180 Life, the 100-Day Journey and 20 Beautiful Women. Her work has been ranked in BuzzFeed and reviewed by the Huffington Post. She is a skilled story-teller and teacher, creating powerful personal development and team building strategies.

Tommy Ross (afternoon)

More information coming soon!


8:30 – 9:30

9:30 – 10:00
Morning Opener

10:05 – 10:55
Morning Breakout 1

10:55 – 11:05

11:05 – 11:55
Morning Breakout 2

11:55 – 12:30

12:35 – 1:25
Afternoon Breakout 1

1:30 – 2:25
Afternoon Breakout 2

2:25 – 3:00

Afternoon Keynote



Primary Health Care is hosting Teen Talk, a health education program aimed at high school and middle school aged teens. The event will be held at the University of Iowa Des Moines campus (formerly the AIB campus).

Information about speakers and break-out sessions are available here.

** This is event is a courtesy of Primary Health Care, Inc. as an available community activity and opportunity. This does not constitute any endorsement or sponsorship by any school district or by the event venue.

Contact Kelly Marble (515) 248-1843