Teen Programs (Ages 13 - 17)

Activities listed in the agenda are designed to encourage sharing, exploring inner strengths and engaging with other youth while learning tips about treatment and how to live with psoriatic disease (psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis). 

Siblings without psoriatic disease are welcome to attend. Parents with psoriatic disease who are attending the main conference may leave their child or children with us so they can learn more about it. Special family pricing is available at $200 for one parent and one teen. 

Please note: Once a child or teen is checked into the Youth and Teen program on Friday or Saturday, they are required to stay. Only a parent or guardian, whose name and signature is on the release form, can remove a child or teen from these activities.

Friday, August 4, 2017



3 – 4 p.m.

Basecamp Missions – 3rd floor

Start the conference at Basecamp. Meet other teens and parents. Participate in a variety of fun mission activities from creating Psoriasis Selfies to matching family genetics.

3 – 4 p.m.

Parent Round Table - 3rd floor

Informal, Q&A discussion with pediatric dermatologist

Amy Paller, M.D.
Chair, Department of Dermatology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

5 – 7:30 p.m.

Together for a Cure Reception – 1st floor

Includes Exhibit Hall & Poster Session

8 – 9:30 p.m.

Family Meet-Up Activity: Pool Night – 42nd floor (unhosted event)


Saturday, August 5, 2017

Time Event*

7:30 – 8 a.m.

Registration & Continental Breakfast with Parents – 1st floor

8 – 8:30 a.m.

Check-in for Youth Activities - 3rd floor

8:30 – 9:15 a.m.

Initiation Training

Start your training and warm up with Tai Chi Instructor Chris Cinnamon, Head Instructor, Chicago Tai Chi.

9:15 – 10:15 a.m.

(Includes snack break)

Evolve Your Strength

Discover how to maximize your strength with the right food choices while making tasty snacks from food blogger and PsoStrong Ambassador, Brenda Kong.

10:15 – 11:20 a.m.

Develop Your Defense Apparatus

Learn tips on how to talk with friends about psoriatic disease and defense tactics to counter bullies at work or play with licensed pediatric psychologist Dr. Rachel Piszczor, Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

11:20 – 11:35 a.m.

Develop Your Defense Apparatus (continues)

With licensed pediatric psychologist Dr. Rachel Piszczor, Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

11:35 – 12:20 p.m.

Share Your Origin Story

Use your origin story to create your own comic strip and help raise awareness about psoriatic disease with Howard Chang, PsoStrong Ambassador.

12:20 – 1:15 p.m.

Lunch Break

1:15 – 1:45 p.m.

Discovering Your Powers

Learn more about the science behind genetics and current research to find a cure for psoriatic disease. Hear the latest from scientist Dr. Wilson Liao.

1:45 – 2:30 p.m.

Heroes of Science

Watch the Heroes of Science with Dynamic Joy from Mad Science of Chicago uncover amazing reactions found in science.

2:30 – 3 p.m.

Be Battle Ready

Be battle ready with Tang Soo Do moves from Master Cat Dvorak, Black Belt, Tang Soo Do.

3 – 4 p.m.

Pursuing Your Allies

Be inspired by past and present NPF Youth Ambassadors and find out how you can become involved with the mission to find a cure. Features discussions with Andrew Moy and PsoStrong Ambassadors, Jonathan Scott and Alisha Bridges.

4 – 4:30 p.m. Mission Reports (Wrap-up)

4:30 p.m.

Check-out – Youth Activities

6 – 8 p.m.

Volunteer Appreciation Celebration – 2nd floor

Join us for dinner and celebrate 50 years of NPF! Help us recognize the achievements of the volunteer leaders of NPF and the winner of the 2017 Outstanding Volunteer Leadership Award. (In an effort to be more environmentally and fiscally responsible, please RSVP yes or no at registration on Friday if you haven’t already done so.)

* Youth Activity sessions and locations may be subject to change. Updates will be provided to all families who 
  register for our youth activities.


The National Psoriasis Foundation would like to thank Leo Pharma for supporting the 2017 National Volunteer Conference Youth and Teen programs. The Foundation is solely responsible for all conference content and development.