Former Gov. Jim McGreevey will be the guest speaker at the 3rd Annual Union County Youth Services Conference, to be held Wednesday, Oct. 28, 9:00 to 4:00 p.m. at L'Affaire Fine Catering in Mountainside. McGreevey, who serves as executive director of Jersey City's Employment and Training Program, will speak about his experiences working with youth through that program and throughout his career in general.

The Annual Union County Youth Services Conferences each year draws nearly 200 representatives from more than 20 youth services agencies and community members from throughout Union County. The goals of the conference are to foster communications and networking among youth service providers, school-based programs and the community; improve coordination of and access to services by at-risk youth and parents; develop new services; improve the effectiveness and outcomes of these programs; and provide training and educational opportunities for staff of youth services agencies and all individuals invested in the youth of Union County.

Topics this year include after school/recreation, behavioral health ,  DDD/DCF youth transitioning to adulthood, domestic violence, employment, substance abuse, gangs and juvenile justice, housing , LGBTQI, life skills, mentoring, services for returning adjudicated youth and trauma.

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In addition to McGreevey's presentation, the conference will offer attendees morning and afternoon networking sessions that will enable them to interact with and learn more about the other agencies and services available throughout the county.

"This conference is an ideal opportunity for youth services professionals and community members to gather, meet, put names to faces and, most importantly, identify resources available to them to help them better support their youth," said Tanya Johnson, senior assistant executive director of youth services at Community Access Unlimited (CAU). "If you are in the youth services sector, this conference will help you be more effective, which ultimately will improve the lives of the youth and families you support."

Members of Union County's youth services sector who would like to attend may register online at or by visiting and clicking the link under the “News” section.

The 3rd Annual Union County Youth Services Conference is being sponsored by the Union County Youth Services Steering Committee and hosted by CAU. CAU is a statewide Elizabeth-based nonprofit providing support programs and services to adults with disabilities as well as youth served under the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to enable them to live independently in the community, in areas including housing, vocational and life-skills training, education, advocacy and recreation.

About CAU

Community Access Unlimited (CAU), celebrating its 36th year of success in 2015, supports people with special needs in achieving real lives in the community.  CAU provides support and gives a voice to adults and youth who traditionally have little support and no voice in society.  CAU helps people with housing, life skills, employment, money management, socialization and civic activities.  CAU also supports opportunities for advocacy through training in assertiveness, decision-making and civil rights.  CAU serves more than 5,000 individuals each year.  For more information about CAU and its services, contact us by phone at 908.354.3040, online at or by mail at 80 West Grand Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202.