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September 7th, 2019

University of Illinois at Chicago - Forum (UIC Forum)

725 West Roosevelt Rd Chicago, IL 60608


This event includes morning and afternoon sessions.

The Conversations Summit aims to empower youth to embrace and take action on their mental health care. Featuring interactive sessions for learning, dialogue, and activism covering a vast spectrum of intersections on mental health including Academics, Self-expression, ethnicity, economics, LGBTQ+ issues, social and criminal justice, legislation, personal agency, and family dynamics plus much more!

The Conversations Summit features sessions focusing on the following
Youth-Led Program Pillars:

Heighten Our Awareness through Mental Health Education and Self-expression:

Understanding mental health and quality of life, including stigma, trauma, self-expression, signs & symptoms, related sciences, and cultural intersections.

Empower Our Personal and Professional Development:

Sessions providing participants with knowledge and tools for advancing career opportunities and community involvement.

Amplify Our Stories:

Learning about ways to utilize our voices to impact social and institutional policy.

Raise Our Voice through Community Action and Leadership:

Empowering communities and intersectional identities, sharing community perspectives, and leveraging how to leverage lived experiences by sharing stories.

Distribute resources and community best practices in mental health.

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The summit is graciously hosted by UIC at the Isadore & Sadie Dorin Forum (The Forum). There will be ongoing activations including live art, music, digital video, podcasting, and more.

The core of the summit is shaped around three key program blocks:


Educational breakout sessions are produced by youth ages 12-24 from diverse perspectives on a spectrum of topics.


Dialogue sessions and panels on various topics lead by youth and thought leaders in structured open discussion.


An interactive symposium-esque ‘show’ of key-note speakers with strategic calls to action.

Latest Updates at the HFTD Facebook event page


Directions & Parking

Use the UIC Campus Map to coordinate your trip

Arrival Directions

Near downtown Chicago‚ the Forum is the newest university event venue located on the corner of Roosevelt Road and Halsted Street.

From the South: I-94 W/Dan Ryan Expy.Take Exit 52B toward Roosevelt Rd./Taylor St.Stay straight to go onto Ruble St.Turn left onto W. Roosevelt Rd.End at 725 W. Roosevelt Rd.

From the North: I-90 E/Kennedy Expy.Take the Taylor St. exit 52A – toward Roosevelt Rd.Stay straight to go onto S. Union Ave.Turn right onto Roosevelt Rd.

From the East: US – 41S/Edens Expy. becomes I-94 EMerge onto I-90 E/ I-94 ETake the Taylor St. exit – Exit 52 A – toward Roosevelt Rd.Stay straight to go onto S. Union Ave.Turn right onto W. Roosevelt Rd.

From the West: I-290 E/Eisenhower Expy.Merge onto I-90 E/ I-94 ETake the Taylor St. exit 52A – toward Roosevelt Rd.Stay straight to go onto S. Union Ave.Turn right onto Roosevelt Rd.

Ample parking located two blocks west of the UIC Forum at 1135 S. Morgan St. Lot 5.

Event Details & FAQ:

  • Check will open at 7:30 AM

  • Event Dismissal will be at 5:00 PM


  • Event Content Appropriate for ages 12 yrs and older

  • Groups are encouraged and do not have to just be connected to a school!

  • Parents/Guardians/Families also welcome!

  • Lunch will not be provided but options are available on campus and you can bring your own as well!

  • You can check in with a printed OR digital copy of your ticket.

  • This event will be ADS accommodated || Contact for any specific questions/concerns.