Through Her Eyes Girls Conference

Friday, October 25, 2019 - MassMutual Center, Springfield, MA


CHD is committed to protecting the girls in our care, and in the care of professionals throughout the region. That is why we are convening the Through Her Eyes Girls Conference for the 15th year in a row.

The conference features a keynote speaker, a lunchtime speaker, and breakout workshops run by notable professionals. The conference attracts over 500 professionals each year from throughout Western Massachusetts and Connecticut, including educators, care providers, and social workers. It also engages key educational institutions, agencies, and provider organizations in dialogue about how best to serve and support the front line staff in this critical work.

CHD’s Through Her Eyes Girls Conference contributes to the health and wellness of these vulnerable young people, by investing time, energy, and resources in educating the support network of providers that they will turn to in times of crisis.

Thank you for all you do to help improve the lives of at risk girls and young women in our community.

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Important Event Parking Information!

Please note that parking at the Mass Mutual Center is very limited this year. Priority will be given to individuals with handicap placards.

We are advising attendees to park at the MGM Springfield Parking Garage. Parking is free and just a short walk to the MassMutual Center.

Keynote Speakers


Keynote Speaker


Nikki Bell is the Founder and CEO of Living In Freedom Together (LIFT), a survivor-led organization in Worcester comprised of those who have overcome commercial sexual exploitation (CSE), and professionals sensitive to the needs of this vulnerable and marginalized population. Their mission is to provide resources, advocacy, and support to empower women to escape and recover from the impacts of CSE, and to end prostitution.

“Most women in the sex trade have experienced significant trauma as children; most have been involved in prostitution before they were even old enough to consent to sex, never mind to be sold for sex,” Bell said.

“The beautiful piece of it was that the majority of our volunteers were survivors in recovery. So, without forcing what we thought they needed, we were already providing hope that there was a way out just by ‘being.’ We wanted them to know that they were loved, we were there to support them, and they began to trust that if they wanted help in that moment we would help them, whatever that help might look like.”

Lunchtime Speaker


Peter Sylver is an educator, chaplain, attorney, and an expert on Postive Youth Development. In his current role as supervisor for CHD’s Adolescent Re-Entry program, he has seen the impact that the Five C’s of Positive Youth Development have had on the young people in the program. This portion of the day will provide a firsthand account of the successful implementation of Positive Youth Development through the eyes of one of the young women who has been successful in Sylver’s program.

Five C’s is a framework for understanding positive youth development outcomes developed by Karen Pittman and supported by resiliency research.