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Wednesday, April 15
 

7:00am PDT

Registration
Wednesday April 15, 2020 7:00am - 12:00pm PDT
2nd Floor

8:30am PDT

Readiness Refresh: Infusing the Science of Learning and Development into Practice, Policy, and Research
This invitation-only pre-session on Wed. April 15 will bring together national and local youth-serving organizations (including Weikart Center clients, Success360 grantees, SD Bechtel, Jr. grantees, and others) for a day-long session on how to apply the science of learning and development to tackle issues most relevant to participants’ work. The pre-session will include networking over breakfast and lunch, a plenary, and afternoon break-out groups.  

Breakfast will be available starting at 7:30 am. 

Wednesday April 15, 2020 8:30am - 4:00pm PDT
Salons 7-10

3:30pm PDT

Registration
Wednesday April 15, 2020 3:30pm - 7:00pm PDT
2nd Floor

4:30pm PDT

Ready by 21 Primer
An optional orientation session for those interested in a refresher on key Ready by 21 ideas and frameworks to help them take full advantage of the National Meeting.

Wednesday April 15, 2020 4:30pm - 5:30pm PDT

5:30pm PDT

Welcome & Networking Reception
Come enjoy this chance to see old friends and meet new ones as we kick off another Ready by 21 National Meeting at the wonderful Muhammad Ali Center. 

Wednesday April 15, 2020 5:30pm - 7:30pm PDT
Muhammad Ali Center 144 N 6th St, Louisville, KY 40202
 
Thursday, April 16
 

6:30am PDT

Morning Exercise TBD
Join us for a fun and energizing morning physical activity!

Thursday April 16, 2020 6:30am - 7:15am PDT

7:30am PDT

Registration
Thursday April 16, 2020 7:30am - 3:30pm PDT
2nd Floor

8:00am PDT

Breakfast
Thursday April 16, 2020 8:00am - 9:30am PDT
Marriott Ballroom

8:15am PDT

Opening Plenary



Speakers
avatar for David Williams

David Williams

Policy Outreach Director, Opportunity Insights
David A. Williams serves as the Director of Policy Outreach at Opportunity Insights, a research and public policy lab based at Harvard University dedicated to using big data to improve upward mobility in America. He is tasked with supporting research and evidence-based policy change... Read More →


Thursday April 16, 2020 8:15am - 9:45am PDT
Marriott Ballroom

9:45am PDT

Break & Refreshments
Thursday April 16, 2020 9:45am - 10:00am PDT

10:00am PDT

Advancing Equity Through Career Pathways Programs
Young people who are encouraged and supported to actively advocate for changes to the systems they live in are developing skills that will be critically necessary to their participation in citizenship as adults.  Youth workers can promote equity by providing youth with opportunities to understand problems and issues while providing methods to address them.  Participants will investigate their own experiences and attitudes with youth advocacy and how these can open opportunities for youth empowerment. Participants will delve into past youth movements, what techniques were used, and how they might be applied with the youth people with whom they currently work.

Speakers
AW

Anita Winkis

Quality Advisor, Prime Time Palm Beach County Inc.


Thursday April 16, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
Bluegrass 1

10:00am PDT

Are We Moving The Needle? Measuring Impact With Data
Metro United Way, Jefferson County Public Schools, and the Louisville Metro Government created Building Louisville's Out-of-School Time Coordinated System (BLOCS) to help answer the question: there are a lot of great OST programs in the community, but how do we really know if we are moving the needle toward positive outcomes for the youth they serve? This workshop will give attendees valuable insight into BLOCS’ data collection and how this unique partnership collaborates to produce its impact report. Attendees will also get a behind-the-scenes look into the various tools and databases that have been developed by BLOCS to warehouse and report on these data to stakeholders.

Speakers
MD

Mike Degen

Data Integration Manager, Youth Success, Metro United Way
JS

Jasleen Sethi

Senior Manager, Impact Insights, Metro United Way


Thursday April 16, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
Rose

10:00am PDT

Closing the Equity Gap for LGBTQ Youth: Blueprints for Change
Healthy development and well-being are essential for youth to be ready for college, work, and life. Positive identity formation, parent and peer relations, and connection to community can serve as critical protective factors. This session provides information and resources to help create more intentionally inclusive services for LGBTQ youth, in particular those of color.  Participants will gain insights for how to implement equitable services that can change trajectories and improve outcomes. Participants will learn about blueprints for action, including standards of care for LGBT youth, the LGBTQ Supplement to the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™, and tips gained through a national inclusivity initiative at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

Speakers
JP

Jeffrey Poirier

Senior Research Associate, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
HB

Hillary Bardwell

Director, Foundation Grants, Big Brothers Big Sisters
CR

Christian Rummell

Principal Consultant, Mentorist


Thursday April 16, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
Thoroughbred

10:00am PDT

Collective Impact: Innovating for Equity
Since 2016, child-serving partners in Broward County, Florida, have been applying a racial equity lens to the Broward Children’s Strategic Plan (BCSP), a county-wide collective impact initiative. Using Results Based Accountability, partners engage in shared goals, shared measurement, mutually reinforcing activities, and continuous communication. Over the last 3 years, over 3,000 community partners, youth, and residents have completed training on the local history of racism, implicit bias, and racial equity. This workshop will be relevant for system leaders, organizational partners, and community members who are looking to strengthen their initiatives by applying a racial equity lens to co-create equitable outcomes.

Speakers
KG

Keisha Grey

Strategy Manager, Children's Services Council of Broward County
MH

Michelle Hagues

Programs Manager, Children's Services Council of Broward County


Thursday April 16, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
Skybox

10:00am PDT

Connecting Policy and Research in 21st Century Learning Community Programs
21st Century Learning Community programs receive federal funding to promote education outcomes through academic and non-academic enrichment activities complemented by family engagement services. Participating programs have to adhere to performance monitoring and evaluation requirements. How can programs use data and continuous improvement to support their own growth? And how can programs communicate their progress in ways that make sense? Join multiple state networks to hear how their work with the Youth Program Quality Intervention allows them to show the link between program quality and youth outcomes as well as demonstrate the need for broader systems-reform and alignment efforts.

Speakers
KC

Krista Collins

Director, Research and Evaluation, Weikart Center, The Forum for Youth Investment
ME

Mary Ellen Wiggins

Director of Policy and Research, The Forum for Youth Investment


Thursday April 16, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
Bluegrass 2

10:00am PDT

System Building Beyond the Bell
Developing powerful environments where youth can thrive requires coordination, critical backbone services, supports, and continuous quality improvement. Join the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and The Opportunity Project (Tulsa, OK) for this interactive session focused on integrating learning systems through quality expanded learning opportunities. AIR and The Opp will highlight promising practices in coordinating strategy alignment with a focus on SEL. Participants will have the opportunity to learn how effective coordination of quality improvement activities can establish a collaborative culture, enhance cross-sector alignment, and develop collective responsibility. The session will provide practical facilitation tools, tips, and research-based strategies for engaging quality improvement teams.

Speakers
FL

Fausto Lopez

Content Area Expert, American Institutes for Research
AA

Amy Anderson

Senior Manager, Experiential Learning, The Opportunity Project


Thursday April 16, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
Salon 10

10:00am PDT

The Power of Developmental Relationships in Young People's Lives: An Introduction to New Research and Activities to Promote Positive Growth
Developmental relationships are close connections through which young people discover who they are, gain abilities to shape their own lives, and learn how to interact with and contribute to the world around them. In this workshop, participants will learn about Search Institute’s new research which explores the power of developmental relationships in young people's lives and how those relationships impact positive youth development. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage with newly tested “relationship-builders” – activities designed to build developmental relationships and promote positive growth with (and among) youth.

Speakers
JS

Jenna Sethi

Research Scientist, Search Institute


Thursday April 16, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
Filly

10:00am PDT

Who Are We? Defining the Thriving Youth Fields Workforce
The science tells us that adults are key in facilitating quality programs and supporting young people’s learning and development. But to better support the adults who work with young people, we must better understand the diverse nature of that workforce. Who we are, and what do we do? How do we see ourselves as a profession and as a field? What is our capacity to make a difference, and what supports do we need? This interactive session is an opportunity to share stories as part of the workforce and discuss efforts underway to better understand and support that workforce effectively.

Speakers
DB

Dale Blyth

Extension Professor Emeritus and Senior Research Fellow, Center for Applied Research & Educational Improvement, University of Minnesota
JY

Jill Young

Senior Researcher, American Institutes for Research


Thursday April 16, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
Salon 8

10:00am PDT

Why Focus on Adult Practice to Promote Program Quality? How can You Support Adult Learning Effectively?
Once adult learning has been identified as a goal for an organization or for a set of grantees, how do you develop the right set of supports for those adults? Are there certain strategies that are more effective with certain types of staff or in certain situations? What else needs to be taken into consideration when developing the set of strategies? How can adult participants take more ownership of the supports they are participating in over time? Participants will leave this workshop with lessons learned from foundation staff who have developed, implemented, and refined supports for hundreds of adults working in small, medium, and large youth-serving organizations.

Speakers
AD

Allison Dymnicki

Principal Researcher, American Institutes for Research
AL

Alexis Llamas

Senior Program Associate, The S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
HR

Haviland Rummel

Executive Director, SCE


Thursday April 16, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
Salon 9

10:00am PDT

Youth Development’s Best and Brightest: Cultivating Talent from Within an OST Network
It is a challenge to build a staff of “lifers” in any workplace. Staff members come and go, leaving organizations to deal with high turnover rates, low capacity, and the task of finding suitable replacements. This workshop will discuss the value of cultivating talent from within an OST network, explore strategies for elevating and supporting talent discovered within youth development professionals, and provide techniques for aligning the skills of an individual youth development professional to the culture of an organization, and then with the culture of the OST network and community they serve.

Speakers
MM

Monica Marie Jones

Senior Field Consultant, Weikart Center, The Forum for Youth Investment
YS

Yolanda Scarborough

Program Quality Assessor, Coach, and Trainer, Youth Development Resource Center
KT

Kelsey Thompson

Improvement and Impact Associate, Youth Development Resource Center


Thursday April 16, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
Salon 4

10:00am PDT

“In My Feelings” SEL Competency for Family and Youth Engagement
This workshop will cover a variety of topics including learning about personal space, managing feelings, understanding sensory needs, creating community, and conflict resolution. The goal is to build a toolkit to create an environment that supports the social-emotional needs of youth and families.

Speakers
TJ

Tasha Johnson

Senior Director, Character Development Learning Institute, YMCA of the USA
AS

Angela Strickland

Youth Development Program Director, YMCA of Western North Carolina
KW

Kelly Wise

Technical Advisor, YMCA of the USA


Thursday April 16, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
Salon 7

11:30am PDT

Networking Luncheon
This is your chance to build your professional network. Find others from your state, or those who work in a similar role in other communities, to compare notes and exchange cards.

Thursday April 16, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT

12:45pm PDT

Peer Exchange Roundtables
The Peer Exchange Roundtables are small group discussions on a range of important topics relevant to our work. A list of 20-25 topics will be distributed at lunch. Participants will change tables after the first 25 minutes, so you will have the opportunity to choose two topics. The roundtables are informal conversations, where everyone will be able to hear what other communities and organizations are working on, and to learn from one another.

Thursday April 16, 2020 12:45pm - 1:45pm PDT
Salons 1-3

1:45pm PDT

Break & Refreshments
Thursday April 16, 2020 1:45pm - 2:00pm PDT

2:00pm PDT

A Tale of Two Frameworks: Aligning Strategies to Leverage Impact
It was the best of times when Camp Fire married Search Institute’s Developmental Relationships Framework with the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality’s framework for youth development. Developmental Relationships provides a tool to help youth workers become more intentional in building impactful relationships with youth. The Active-Participatory Approach builds youth worker skills to create a safe, supportive, and productive environment for youth to thrive. When used in tandem, the two frameworks work together to produce better outcomes for young people AND program quality. Hear the story of how one youth development organization aligned these two powerful frameworks to leverage their impact.

Speakers
NR

Nikki Roe Cropp

Director, Program Effectiveness, Camp Fire National Headquarters
GR

Gene Roehlkepartain

Vice President, Research and Development, Search Institute


Thursday April 16, 2020 2:00pm - 3:15pm PDT
Bluegrass 1

2:00pm PDT

Changing Policies = Creating a Sense of Belonging
Some of the most heinous injustices experienced by youth in schools are justified by statements that begin with:  “According to our policy, . . . “. This session is designed to assist stakeholders in identifying harmful practices, policies and procedures; advocating for change; and implementing new equitable policies. Presenters will walk participants through the process of identifying the need for change to implementing newly-designed equitable policies without limiting the discussion to the boardroom. Find out how to not only include student, parent, and community voice, but also to be led by it.  

Speakers
KC

Kish Cumi Price

Director of Education Policy & Programming, Louisville Urban League
CR

Carla Robinson

Youth Development Coordinator, Louisville Urban League
RW

Rodney Webb

Youth Development Specialist, Louisville Urban League


Thursday April 16, 2020 2:00pm - 3:15pm PDT
Salon 9

2:00pm PDT

Equity in Action: Community Capacity Building to Drive Systemic Change
The Office of the Local Children's Board uses a collective impact approach to improve outcomes for children, youth, and families living in Howard County. Two foundational components to their approach are equity and authentic and sustained community engagement. This workshop will provide participants with a framework that aligns equity and engagement as anchors in a collective impact strategy. In this framework engagement is broken into four essential categories: Youth Engagement, School Engagement, Community Engagement, and Strategic Partnership Engagement. Participants will walk away with clear strategies in each of these four categories and how they work together to drive a collective impact strategy.  

Speakers
BB

Benjamin Barnwell, Sr.

Manager of Community Engagement, Howard County Office of the Local Children’s Board, Department of Community Resources and Services
KE

Kimberly Eisenreich

Administrator, Howard County Office of the Local Children’s Board, Department of Community Resources and Services
JS

Jacqueline Scott

Director, Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services


Thursday April 16, 2020 2:00pm - 3:15pm PDT
Filly

2:00pm PDT

Improving Youth Prevention Programs through Core Components: An Interactive Workshop
What elements of effective youth programs make them effective? Can we use information about effective components to inform program improvement efforts? In this collaborative workshop, participants will learn about practice guidelines for youth programs that were developed using a core components approach. The guidelines identify effective practices that evidence shows can reduce behavior problems and improve social competencies. This workshop is intended to provide information about the core components of successful programs for youth, but is designed to be interactive. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to brainstorm suggestions for implementing these practices, as well as potential challenges.

Speakers
CH

Cheri Hoffman

Director, Division of Youth Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
SJ

Sandra Jo Wilson

Principal Associate, Abt Associates


Thursday April 16, 2020 2:00pm - 3:15pm PDT
Bluegrass 2

2:00pm PDT

Living Data: Leveraging Multiple Assessments for Thriving Youth and Programs
This workshop will explore three different assessment tools to support the measurement of program quality and youth outcomes, the Youth Program Quality Assessment (YPQA), the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA), and the Holistic Student Assessment (HSA). Presenters will focus on 1) how to select quality assessments that best support organizations’ goals, 2) the relative strengths and limitations of different assessments approaches, and 3) how to tell compelling stories with data from multiple assessments.

Speakers
PL

Paul LeBuffe

Vice President, Research & Development, Aperture Education
GN

Gil Noam

Founder & Director, The PEAR Institute, Harvard Medical School
KR

Kimberly Robinson

Managing Director, Weikart Center, Executive Vice President, The Forum for Youth Investment


Thursday April 16, 2020 2:00pm - 3:15pm PDT
Salon 8

2:00pm PDT

Nothing About Us Without Us: Equity and Engagement in Youth-led Research
Research can tell us so much—but do we ask the right questions and understand the data in young people’s real-world context? Hear directly from youth and adults from the Brooklyn Bridge Alliance for Youth who flipped the script on research norms through their Youth-to-Youth Survey, in which youth design, conduct, and analyze research that results not only in increased equity and engagement, but ultimately better data about themselves. Participants will walk away with increased understanding and also the first steps of an actionable plan to implement in their own program.

Speakers
IL

Ivan Lui

Data and Quality Coordinator, The Brooklyn Bridge Alliance for Youth


Thursday April 16, 2020 2:00pm - 3:15pm PDT
Salon 10

2:00pm PDT

Partners in Advancing Equity: Aligning Educators, Youth Voice, and Parents
Are you searching the educational ecosystem for exemplary alignment of in-school and out-of-school time? Curious how to blend social-emotional learning and academic development? Learn how America’s land-grant universities partner through Cooperative Extension’s experiential learning curriculum delivered by 4-H in schools are transforming chronic absenteeism, reducing behavior referrals, and providing avenues for leveling the playing field academically. This session encourages shared commitment at local, state, and national leadership levels and aligned action within the educational ecosystem to advance equity. Participants will learn how to impact their own community in a way that leverages the power and voice of youth leaders.  

Speakers
RK

Rebecca Kelley

Director, Development, National 4-H Council
BS

Brittany Sonntag

Urban 4-H Agent, NMSU Bernalillo County Extension
ST

Stephani Treadwell

Principal, Collet Park Elementary School / Albuquerque Public Schools


Thursday April 16, 2020 2:00pm - 3:15pm PDT
Skybox

2:00pm PDT

Social and Emotional Learning In and Out of School: A Preview of Early Implementation Lessons from a National, Six-City Initiative
Since 2017, school districts and out-of-school time intermediaries in six communities have been working to help children develop critical social and emotional skills, such as self-awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making.  This multi-year initiative, launched by The Wallace Foundation, takes an integrated, holistic approach to SEL throughout the school and afterschool day and includes building adult capacity, integrating SEL instruction into academics and out-of-school programming, incorporating explicit SEL curriculum and instruction, and learning from data to improve implementation. This session will preview early findings from the RAND Corporation, in advance of the first public report’s publication later in 2020.

Speakers
MC

Miranda Cook

SEAL Initiative Manager, Office of Children’s Affairs, City and County of Denver
RB

Robert Bean

Principal, Newlon Elementary School (Denver, Colorado)
KP

Katherine Plog Martinez

Consultant, Weikart Center, The Forum for Youth Investment
HS

Heather Schwartz

PK-12 Program Director and Senior Policy Researcher, Education and Labor, RAND Corporation


Thursday April 16, 2020 2:00pm - 3:15pm PDT
Salon 7

2:00pm PDT

Supporting Older Youth: Lessons from Adolescence Science and Brain Research
Adolescent brain development research provides clear evidence that the human brain continues to develop well into an individual’s twenties. It is during adolescence that we experience a second critical window of development filled with opportunities for learning, growth, and healing different from both early childhood and adulthood. Facilitators will include a young person and will engage participants interactively to help bridge the understanding of adolescent brain science with practical ways to meaningfully support young people who have experienced foster care. Presenters will review findings from a recent national consensus report and related resources from the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative.

Speakers
AL

Alexandra Lohrbach

Senior Associate, Annie E. Casey Foundation
JP

Jeffrey Poirier

Senior Research Associate, The Annie E. Casey Foundation


Thursday April 16, 2020 2:00pm - 3:15pm PDT
Thoroughbred

2:00pm PDT

Thriving, Learning, Equity: Why We Can’t Advance Any without Committing to All
Thriving, learning and equity are terms that are frequently used in discussions about youth outcomes, youth opportunities and system and societal responsibilities.  They are incredibly important concepts that have deep research bases that should inform policy, practice and public opinion. Casual usage, however, has weakened their value as goals.  They are buzzwords defined more by user interests than by links to research and also to the realities of daily life.  This devolution is not just unfortunate, it is problematic. This workshop will discuss convergent definitions, present compelling new research (including focus group findings) and facilitate table discussions to help participants curate their own examples of why these goals have to be linked.

Speakers
KP

Karen Pittman

President and CEO, The Forum for Youth Investment
HS

Hal Smith

Senior Vice President for Education, Youth Development and Health, National Urban League


Thursday April 16, 2020 2:00pm - 3:15pm PDT
Rose

3:15pm PDT

Break & Refreshments
Thursday April 16, 2020 3:15pm - 3:30pm PDT

3:30pm PDT

Afternoon Plenary
Speakers
avatar for Karoline Jimenez

Karoline Jimenez

Manager, Personal Statement Film


Thursday April 16, 2020 3:30pm - 5:00pm PDT

5:00pm PDT

Meeting Adjourn
Thursday April 16, 2020 5:00pm - 5:15pm PDT

5:30pm PDT

Special Event: Reception at the Kentucky Derby Museum
Thursday April 16, 2020 5:30pm - 7:00pm PDT
Kentucky Derby Museum 704 Central Ave, Louisville, KY 40208
 
Friday, April 17
 

6:15am PDT

Morning Exercise TBD
Join us for a fun and energizing morning physical activity!

Friday April 17, 2020 6:15am - 7:15am PDT

7:15am PDT

Networking Breakfast
Friday April 17, 2020 7:15am - 8:15am PDT
Marriott Ballroom

7:30am PDT

Registration
Friday April 17, 2020 7:30am - 10:00am PDT
2nd Floor

8:30am PDT

Morning Keynote: Changing the Odds Includes Getting Outdoors – A Call to Action with Author Richard Louv
The outdoors is one of the most plentiful, versatile, recuperative, and transformative settings that youth, families, and systems have access to. How often, in our efforts to design equitable learning environments, do we limit our thinking to only what’s indoors? How frequently do we underestimate the privileges naturally available to some families and neighborhoods? How quickly do we write off opportunities to experience the outdoors as nice but not necessary? Or think that we’ve done enough if we’ve given an inner city youth two weeks at camp? Should the outdoors be a non-negotiable part of our equity agenda?

Richard Louv has the passion, wisdom, and research we need to wrestle with those great questions. He is a journalist and author of ten books, including Our Wild Calling: How Connecting With Animals Can Transform Our Lives - And Save Theirs and Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder. His books helped launch an international movement to connect children, families, and communities to nature. He is co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Children & Nature Network, an organization helping build that movement.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Louv

Richard Louv

Author, Last Child in the Woods and Our Wild Calling
Richard Louv a journalist and author of ten books, including Last Child in the Woods, The Nature Principle and Vitamin N. Translated into 20 languages, his books introduced the term “nature-deficit disorder,” and have helped launch an international movement to connect children... Read More →


Friday April 17, 2020 8:30am - 9:45am PDT
Marriott Ballroom

9:45am PDT

Break & Refreshments
Friday April 17, 2020 9:45am - 10:00am PDT

10:00am PDT

Advancing Equity through Summer and School-Year Partnerships
According to The Aspen Institute’s “From a Nation at Risk to a Nation at Hope” report, school-community coordination is critical to supporting children's well-being. Building on this, new research from the National Academies of Sciences highlights the role of summertime – a unique opportunity to foster such cross-sector partnerships. This workshop will share success stories and best practices of school and community collaboration to support children's mental and physical health. Attendees will have the opportunity to brainstorm and action plan in small groups.

Speakers
AD

Aaron Dworkin

CEO, National Summer Learning Association
DH

Daniel Hatcher

Director of Community Partnerships, Alliance for a Healthier Generation


Friday April 17, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
Bluegrass 2

10:00am PDT

Building an Equitable System - Designing for the Margins
In this session, a team of California Technical Assistance providers will share the story of how they used Compassionate Systems tools layered with a lens of equity and adult social-emotional learning to begin to “build something new.” Participants will discover new tools and learn about this emergent strategy around capacity building for a system that supports nearly 900,000 of the most vulnerable children, youth, and families in California’s Expanded Learning programs.

Speakers
DA

Diego Arancibia

Director, ASAPconnect, Santa Clara County Office of Education
TG

Tiffany Gipson

Program Director, Quality Initiatives, California Afterschool Network
TS

Troy Selvey

Program Specialist, California Afterschool Network
JS

Julie Sesser

ASAPconnect Specialist, Santa Clara County Office of Education


Friday April 17, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
Salon 9

10:00am PDT

Connecting the Dots: The Relationship Between Continuous Quality Improvement and Progressive Staff Development
How do people connect the dots between their Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) process and staff development and outcomes? The Boys and Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana has developed an approach that includes aligning program schedules, creating CQI teams, and emphasizing staff development. CQI teams were formed at each location to focus on site-level quality. This includes weekly pulse checks, monthly staff observations and coaching, and improvement plans. As a result of the initiatives around CQI, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana are finding that program outcomes are improving at a greater rate and the data they are gathering is also more consistent.

Speakers
KL

Kelley Luckett

Director of Programs and Training, Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana
SB

Scott Been

Director of Quality Improvement, Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana


Friday April 17, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
Rose

10:00am PDT

Designing Detroit’s Future: Engaging Youth as Civic Activists Through History & Design Thinking
In April 2018, 11 promising youth leaders from the Detroit region were invited to embark on a youth immersion and leadership development program as an alternative to their normal Spring Break activities. The pilot program, created by the Detroit Historical Society in collaboration with activist, designer, and engineer Chanel Beebe, represented the culmination of a community engagement initiative honoring the 50th Anniversary of Detroit’s 1967 Uprising. This workshop will detail this powerful programmatic framework utilizing historical context, design theory, positive youth development, and unique forms of collaboration to create a youth-driven environment. Lessons learned from the project can be adapted to spark new ideas for engagement.

Speakers
CB

Chanel Beebe

Founder, Beebe Arts LLC
KD

Kalisha Davis

Director of Community Outreach & Engagement, Detroit Historical Society


Friday April 17, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
Salon 7

10:00am PDT

Fostering Protective Factors in Youth: Making an Impact that can Last a Lifetime
New research shows that the adolescent years are an important developmental period for brain growth, and are a critical period for youth to develop skills and competencies. There are a wide array of factors at the individual, family, and community levels that affect this development; risk factors that increase the likelihood that youth will partake in unhealthy behaviors, as well as protective and promotive factors that help youth navigate the challenges and opportunities that they will face as adults.  This panel discussion will feature perspectives from research and practice and share more about how youth development programs can focus on developing the skills, behaviors, and beliefs that youth need to thrive.

Speakers
DG

Dan Gilbert

Senior Project Manager, SEL Specialist, Afterschool Alliance
SF

Stacy Frazier

Professor, Clinical Science Program in Child and Adolescent Psychology, Florida International University
KH

Kateena Haynes

CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Appalachia
NY

Nikki Yamashiro

Vice President of Research, Afterschool Alliance


Friday April 17, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
Skybox

10:00am PDT

How do You Support Practitioner and Manager SEL Competency Development?
Weikart Center staff will use an activity from the new Social Emotional Learning (SEL) methods to illustrate its approach to supporting “adult SEL” in a new suite of SEL training workshops and resources. Self-awareness work in social, emotional, and cognitive development is a foundation skill if youth workers, program managers, and administrators are to effectively model, name, and support SEL competency development in youth. Psychological safety, human development knowledge, introspection, community building, personal goal setting: join the conversation about the role of these practices in professional development that translates to most effectively supporting learning and development in young people.

Speakers
MM

Monica Marie Jones

Senior Field Consultant, Weikart Center, The Forum for Youth Investment
DM

David Martineau

Director of Product Design & Innovation, Weikart Center, The Forum for Youth Investment
PB

Poonam Borah

Senior Research & Program Associate, Weikart Center, The Forum for Youth Investment


Friday April 17, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
Salon 10

10:00am PDT

On Becoming an Anti-Racist Organization: Taking Step Zero and Walking the Talk
What is an Anti-Racist Organization? What is Step Zero? How do we become ready to do this work? To continuously grow and change organizational culture, anti-racism must be at the forefront of the conversation. Eastern Michigan University’s Bright Futures anti-racism leaders will discuss their journey of implementing an anti-racist framework within their program and the characteristics of what readiness looks like. Attendees will have an opportunity to gain insight into how Bright Futures navigated this anti-racism space from beginning conversations to current work. Participants will also have the opportunity to take inventory of their readiness to implement an anti-racist framework in their organization.  

Speakers
TD

Taylor Davis

Site Coordinator, Adams Upper Elementary School, Wayne Westland Community Schools
SE

Sarah Eicher

Project Management Assistant, Weikart Center, The Forum for Youth Investment
PH

Parish Halsell

EMU Bright Futures Site Coordinator, Marshall Upper Elementary School, Wayne-Westland Community Schools


Friday April 17, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
Filly

10:00am PDT

Opportunity Index: Harnessing Population Indicators to Improve Community Opportunity
Since 2011, the Opportunity Index has provided a picture of opportunity in America’s communities that goes beyond economics. With 20 indicators on education, health, community, and economic well-being, the Index can be used to identify gaps in and improve access to opportunity. The purpose of this session is to allow participants to problem-solve using Index data. Through questions brought by participants or prompts provided by session organizers, groups will explore solutions and generate ideas on how data can provide practitioners, advocates, policymakers, and others with the information they need to ensure children and communities have the best opportunities to thrive.

Speakers
HL

Hannah Lantos

Research Scientist, Child Trends
HR

Hannah Racker

Senior Research Analyst, Child Trends
DW

Delbria Walton

Senior Policy Associate, The Forum for Youth Investment


Friday April 17, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
Salon 3

10:00am PDT

Ready to Tackle Program Quality? What Needs to be in Place First
Participants in this session will learn how to think about whether their organization, district, or school is ready to tackle the issue of program quality. What needs to be in place before one can assess if specific programs are being implemented with quality? Presenters will describe several organizational capacity, self-reflection, and program-reflection tools developed by the YMCA to generate ideas about individual and organization strengths and areas to grow and provide opportunities for reflection. Presenters will also explore the key ingredients of quality improvement processes and lessons learned from supporting hundreds of systems in designing, implementing, and scaling improvement efforts.  

Speakers
JB

Joe Bertoletti

Senior Director of Field Services, Weikart Center, Vice President, The Forum for Youth Investment
AD

Allison Dymnicki

Principal Researcher, American Institutes for Research
AJ

Aasha Joshi

Director of Research and Evaluation for CDLI, YMCA of the USA


Friday April 17, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
Bluegrass 1

10:00am PDT

Strengthening Relationships: Building a Community Mental Health System to Ensure All Youth Thrive
We all have a role to play in making our communities a supportive environment that ensures youth feel a sense of belonging and are empowered to reach their full potential. Learn how one school corporation (Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation), in collaboration with community partners, is developing a holistic, systems approach to addressing the mental health needs of their students. Panelists will provide perspective on their system building process, SEL Prek-12 school integration, and cross-sector coalition building to implement the community’s first Youth Master Plan designed to ensure every youth thrives.

Speakers
HC

Heather Carson

Director, Council for Youth Development Bartholomew County
AF

Amber Fischvogt

Director, CivicLab: An Institute for Civic Collaboration
BJ

Bill Jensen

Director of Secondary Education, Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation


Friday April 17, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
Thoroughbred

10:00am PDT

The Youth Will Win
This session will provide an in-depth and behind-the-scenes look of the state of today’s leading youth-led movements, including the areas of equity in education, climate change and gun violence prevention. This session will explore the role adult allies can and have had in amplifying and strengthening social movements through authentic youth-adult partnerships, and how these movements have used digital storytelling to mobilize millions across the country.

Speakers
DB

Dillon Bernard

Youth Engagement Specialist, SparkAction, The Forum for Youth Investment
ES

Emanuelle Sippy

Co-Director, Prichard Committee Student Voice Team


Friday April 17, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
Salon 4

10:00am PDT

Who are the People in a Youth’s Neighborhood?
Sesame Street got it right. Young people grow up in neighborhoods that, ideally, are enriched by organizations and systems that have adults empowered to create key services, supports and opportunities. But who are those people? What are their backgrounds?  What is their charge?  How are they supported, accessed, connected, held accountable? If we mapped all these adults in all of these ways, what would we see? In this workshop, presenters will share the interactive results of a study done to map the adults, services, and systems associated with supporting thriving for children (0-8) and engage participants in discussions of the value and challenges of tackling this type of study for youth and young adults.

Speakers
TA

Tom Akiva

Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh
MI

Merita Irby

Executive Vice President, The Forum for Youth Investment
JS

Jaime Singer

Senior TA Consultant, American Institutes for Research


Friday April 17, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
Salon 8

11:15am PDT

Break & Refreshments
Friday April 17, 2020 11:15am - 11:30am PDT

11:30am PDT

A Trauma-Informed Approach to SEL and Relationship Building
Childhood experiences of abuse, neglect, or witnessing traumatic events can impact the development of a child’s brain and lead to lifelong health and social issues. Fortunately, the presence of a stable, caring adult can help children increase resiliency and recover from exposure to traumatic events. Big Brothers Big Sisters is committed to being a part of the solution toward ending violence and victimization in children’s lives. BBBS has developed and implemented trauma-informed practices that focus on building resilience and strengthening social emotional learning skills through one-to-one mentoring. Attendees will have the opportunity to review trauma-informed care training materials and resources.

Speakers
JM

Jessica Mitchell

Associate Director, Research & Evaluation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
AS

Angie Scott

Director, Youth Protection, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America


Friday April 17, 2020 11:30am - 12:45pm PDT
Salon 8

11:30am PDT

Continuous Quality Improvement: Strategies to Optimize your Practices
Leading quality improvement efforts can be confusing. Where does one start? What resources are available? How do I gain buy-in? How do I keep it going? This workshop will introduce participants to Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) and explore best practices in leading CQI system development. The session will help attendees identify key processes and procedures necessary for developing and maintaining a CQI culture. Attendees will walk away with tangible resources that will enhance CQI practices within their organizations.

Speakers
AD

Alise Dixon

Senior Director of Quality Improvement, Boys & Girls Clubs of America
MP

Meg Pitman

National Director of Quality Improvement, Boys & Girls Clubs of America


Friday April 17, 2020 11:30am - 12:45pm PDT
Salon 4

11:30am PDT

Embedding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Youth-Serving Programs: Lessons Learned from a Character Development Initiative Targeting Adult Workers
This panel offers attendees a 360-degree view into efforts to integrate a diversity, equity, and inclusion framework into programming in YMCAs across the United States. The panel will feature presentations from YMCA of the USA and Child Trends that provide an overview of efforts to promote diversity, equity and inclusion at the organization and program levels; findings on how out-of-school time and other youth-serving programs are incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion into their programs; and an example of how this lens is employed on the ground by the YMCA of Greater Charlotte. Attendees will gain an understanding of how to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in youth programs at the organization-, program-, and data collection-levels.

Speakers
SM

Symone McGee Flemming

Association Director of High School Initiatives, YMCA of Greater Charlotte
ZR

Zakia Redd

Program Area Director, Youth Development, Child Trends
VR

Victor Rivera

Manager, Strategic Priorities with Y-USA's Diversity and Inclusion Team, YMCA of the USA
JW

Jessica Warren

Senior Research Analyst, Child Trends


Friday April 17, 2020 11:30am - 12:45pm PDT
Thoroughbred

11:30am PDT

Empowering Youth to Own their Skill Sets: Tools & Lessons Learned from Boston to Providence
Boston & Providence will present on inspiring middle and high school youth to value, grow and document SEL skills in order to own their successes, earn them credit, find a job and get into college. Through three years of targeted work, Boston and Providence have focused on youth skill development efforts with the use of rubrics, portfolios, and badge systems. These systems take a youth-centric perspective on the development of SEL and college and career readiness skills through intentional program design, identified outcomes, regular check-ins with youth, and refined tools. Come learn how to bring this to your community.

Speakers
ED

Emily Dodge

Measurement & Improvement Manager, Boston After School & Beyond
AD

Ann Durham

Deputy Director, Providence After School Alliance
MJ

Matthew Jarrell

Measurement & Improvement Coordinator, Boston After School & Beyond


Friday April 17, 2020 11:30am - 12:45pm PDT
Salon 10

11:30am PDT

Expanding Youth Empowerment Opportunities in Ohio’s Appalachian Region
Ohio has been intentionally creating spaces for young people to lead substance abuse prevention and mental health promotion efforts. In order to create these spaces throughout the state, learning communities were established for adult allies interested in guiding young people. To ensure equitable distribution of adult allies across the state, a group of partners worked together to fund a learning opportunity to support adult allies from Ohio’s Appalachian region in establishing a youth-led program.  This session will provide details on how these partners aligned resources to support youth-led programs in a culturally appropriate manner and explore the current initiatives that resulted from these investments.

Speakers
AC

Aimee Collins

Research Associate, Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs
JC

Jessica Collura

Research Associate, Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs
TW

Troy Westerhof

Graduate Assistant, Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs


Friday April 17, 2020 11:30am - 12:45pm PDT
Filly

11:30am PDT

How Well Do My Policies and Practices Reflect the Science of Development? Let’s Take a Look!
The science of learning and development points to clear “developmental practices” that should shape both simple and sustained interactions where young people and adults come together. Participants will experience using a 15 question tool addressing how important these practices are and how well they are being done. Answers to these questions set the stage for partners to discuss how to close the gap between importance and how well done. By reviewing their current policies, practices, and procedures against the science, practitioners will be able to apply a developmental lens to their policies.

Speakers
LP

Larry Pasti

Senior Director of Field Services, The Forum for Youth Investment


Friday April 17, 2020 11:30am - 12:45pm PDT
Rose

11:30am PDT

Practice Makes Perfect: Developing Design Principles for All the Places Young People Spend Their Time.
To ensure that all young people are ready for college, work, and life, readiness needs to be a priority at every level – from daily interactions with young people to system infrastructure and leadership. By applying the science of learning and development, organization can examine efforts to improve adult capacity as a strategy to create more equitable learning environments. This session will promote questions and discussion on how current policies or practices support or restrict the developmental success of children and youth.   Participants will use and provide input on a tool for assessing their own local policies and practices.

Speakers
MI

Merita Irby

Executive Vice President, The Forum for Youth Investment
PL

Priscilla Little

Senior Consultant, The Forum for Youth Investment


Friday April 17, 2020 11:30am - 12:45pm PDT
Salon 9

11:30am PDT

Readying Staff to Support Youth SEL
What does it take for staff and managers to engage in SEL work with young people? How do you help staff build self-awareness, reflect on and improve their own SEL skills, adopt an SEL curriculum, and then apply everything to their work with youth? What ongoing supports are needed to keep SEL skills instilled yet fresh? What can be done at the system and organization level to support staff and managers in efforts around SEL? This session will give participants an opportunity to explore strategies to build staff readiness to create environments where youth have opportunities to practice SEL skills.

Speakers
MB

Meg Blinkiewicz

Executive Director, Kalamazoo Youth Development Network
LT

Laenne Thompson

Director of Field Services, Weikart Center, The Forum for Youth Investment
LW

Leah Wallace

Portfolio Manager, Weikart Center, The Forum for Youth Investment


Friday April 17, 2020 11:30am - 12:45pm PDT
Salon 7

11:30am PDT

Using Social Justice Youth Development to Address Structural Violence
The University of Louisville Youth Violence Prevention Research Center (YVPRC) is a Center of Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention designated and funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This center works to shift norms and narratives of violence among youth and adults in the city; historically, youth violence narratives have problematized youth and viewed violence as deviant behavior between a perpetrator and victim. Leading with Social Justice Youth Development, the YVPRC researchers act as key advisors and cultivate space for youth to realize structural violence and actualize their power in alignment with community efforts to construct liberating landscapes.

Speakers
TJ

Trinidad Jackson

Senior Research Associate, University of Louisville
ET

Elijah Thomas

Community Engagement Specialist/Youth Fellow, University of Louisville
MW

Monique Williams

Director, University of Louisville


Friday April 17, 2020 11:30am - 12:45pm PDT
Bluegrass 2

11:30am PDT

Working with Researchers: Tips for a Successful Partnership
Establishing a successful partnership with researchers can be daunting, and a process filled with a lot of questions. Where do you begin? What should you expect from a partnership? What’s a good research question? What type of data will you need or be expected to collect to answer your questions? What format should you request for feedback or evaluation outcomes? How can or should the partnership evolve once data are collected and findings shared? In this session presenters will discuss these questions and more with the goal of providing insight from a researcher perspective on how to make the most out of a research partnership.

Speakers
JM

Jennifer McCombs

Director, Behavioral and Policy Sciences Department, Senior Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation
AW

Anamarie Whitaker

Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation


Friday April 17, 2020 11:30am - 12:45pm PDT
Skybox

12:45pm PDT

Break
Friday April 17, 2020 12:45pm - 1:00pm PDT

1:00pm PDT

Closing Luncheon Plenary
Friday April 17, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
Marriott Ballroom

2:30pm PDT

Meeting Adjourn
Friday April 17, 2020 2:30pm - 2:45pm PDT