Youth Programs (Ages 5 - 12)

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 child.

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

Time Event*
3 – 4 p.m. Basecamp Missions – 3rd floor
Start the conference at Basecamp. Meet other kids and parents. Choose from a variety of fun mission activities to start your journey to becoming a Psoriatic Psuperhero.

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



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 a.m.

Psuperheroes at Play

Through Improv, express your Psuperhero side with Melissa Leeolou by learning how to use your “powers” when faced with difficult situations about your psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis.

9 – 10:15 a.m.

Discover Your Psuperhero Side

Discover your inner Psuperhero from strengths to feelings and how to counter bullying with licensed pediatric psychologist Dr. Rachel Piszczor, Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.

Power Up (Snack break)

10:30 – 11 a.m.

Animal Sidekicks

Visit favorite sidekicks from Chicago Canine Rescue.

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Heroes are Stronger Together

Build a Psoriatic Psuperhero team with PsoStrong Ambassadors Jonathan Scott and Alisha Bridges.

12 – 1:05 p.m.

Time to Power Up Again (Lunch)

1:15 – 1:45 p.m.

Advice from the Imperial Guards

Informal chat with legendary Guard Dr. Amy Paller (pediatric dermatologist) and a teen mentor.

1:45 – 2:15 p.m.

Psuperhero Moves

Learn some Tang Soo Do moves with Master Cat Dvorak, Black Belt, Tang Soo Do.

2:15 – 3 p.m.

(Includes snack break)

Refuel, Reenergize

Create superhero snacks that refuel and reenergize the body with food blogger and PsoStrong Ambassador Brenda Kong.

3 – 4 p.m.

Heroes of Science

Watch the Heroes of Science with Dynamic Joy from Mad Science of Chicago uncover amazing things right before your eyes.

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.