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Youth Development in Mixed Reality: Adapting to a Changing World

As technology becomes more prevalent in our everyday lives, students, parents, and educators struggle to adjust to the new norm. Decentralized currencies, the metaverse, and mixed realities are just a few concepts that challenge over current view of education and youth development. This presentation will help you reimage youth development in times of hyper wealth inequality and social and political collapse.


Lemuel “Life” LaRoche is the founder and executive director of Chess and Community, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to developing young leaders and critical thinkers in Northeast Georgia. LaRoche fuses chess with conventional therapeutic methods to help youth curb impulsive behavior. With two decades of experience, LaRoche brings a fresh, innovative approach to his youth development work. He earned a graduate degree from the University of Georgia, where he currently teaches.

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