A: Even though Silver Oak may not be comprised of Carroll County or rural youth, there are similarities no matter where you live. We all are aware that our society is in turmoil and encounters violent acts on a consistent basis. We all are impacted by these acts and they shape our view of the world, the future and how we see ourselves. Carroll County is no different. The myth that our rural youth are not impacted from events such as riots, shootings, significant gang violence and other newsworthy events minimizes the everyday violence our county youth face daily. Carroll County is not exempt from violence. The violence within in our county may be at a different frequency and/or intensity than urban areas but our youth still experience domestic violence in the home, dating abuse, bullying, and societal accepted acts of aggression. In our presentation, the audience will see universal examples of how violence impacts not only our youth but all phases of the life cycle. At Silver Oak, I work primarily with urban youth and I also live in Carroll County so I can appreciate the need to understand the violence urban youth have encountered and how it has shaped their lens of the world. Carroll County is a migrating point for outlying areas where families are trying to escape poverty, community violence and inadequate school systems, while finding a safer haven within our county lines. Carroll County residents need to be realistic that the urban migration brings a culture clash. Violence and substance use are overwhelming in many urban areas and Carroll County residents will need to make an effort to understand that changing one's attitudes and beliefs is a difficult challenge when throughout the life span these are the experiences that one has lived with. These experiences shape their value systems and result in behaviors that county residents may struggle to understand.