2019 Maryland United for Youth Conference

Sun, November 03 2019, 10:00 AM - Tue, November 05 2019, 4:00 PM [EST]

7777, Baltimore Avenue, College Park, MD, 20740, United States

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Sun, November 03 2019, 10:00 AM - Tue, November 05 2019, 4:00 PM [EST]

About the Event

Join us for the largest gathering of Maryland youth development professionals convened by MOST Network and Maryland MENTOR. The 2019 Maryland United for Youth Conference is designed to support changemakers to feel unified, supported and inspired. The work of changing the status quo is challenging, making it essential to prioritize connection and personal wellbeing in the process.

In order for the sector to survive and thrive, youth serving organizations and those who support them, must do more to minimize burnout and overworking, and promote collaboration and self-care. It is crucial to the health of our sector and its ability to drive change. This conference will provide opportunities for resource-sharing, capacity building, connection, reflection and mindfulness to strengthen partnerships to increase our collective impact on the lives of young people in Maryland.

 

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About the Organizer

Maryland Out of School Time Network and Maryland MENTOR present the 2019 Maryland United For Youth Conference. Maryland Out of School Time Network (MOST) is a statewide youth development organization dedicated to more and better opportunities for all of Maryland's young people. Working to build a coalition of youth, families, community members, program providers, educators, funders, and policymakers to expand funding, implement more effective policies, and support increased program quality for youth opportunities in the out of school hours. Maryland MENTOR's mission is to increase both the quality and quantity of mentoring relationships. This is accomplished through support to mentoring programs to improve their quality, effectiveness, and scale while coalescing stakeholders to expand engagement and investment locally.

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Event Speakers

Lauren Going
Psychotherapist/Yoga Instructor

Aarti Sidhu
Education Attorney

Aarti Sidhu is an OSI-Baltimore Community Fellow who founded Represent Youth: Baltimore School Justice Initiative. Represent Youth is housed at the Youth, Education and Justice Clinic at University of Maryland School of Law and works on a variety of school push out issues in Baltimore City. Aarti provides legal representation to students who have been excluded from school, advocates for school discipline reform, and educates and empowers the community with information about the school discipline process.

https://www.osibaltimore.org/fellow/aarti-sidhu/
Adeola Whitney
Chief Regional Officer, iMentor

Ola joins iMentor from Reading Partners, where she served as the Chief Regional Operations Officer. In her time at Reading Partners, Ola oversaw 85% of the organization, where she managed 14+ Executive Directors of Reading Partners programs across the country. She was charged with ensuring that every region had a strong and effective ED, who leads the local program to both quantitative and qualitative benchmarks for success.

https://imentor.org/team/ola-whitney
Adriane Alicea
Director of Government Relations for MENTOR: National Mentoring Partnership

Adriane Alicea, Director of Government Relations at MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, works to mobilize support to advance youth mentoring and strengthen engagement of Congress and the Administration on issues related to mentoring. Adriane holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University.

https://www.mentoring.org/
Ashley Derr
Director of Creativity First

Dr. Ashley Derr is the Director of Creativity First, which provides drama-based enrichment programs for 80+ sites each year throughout the Baltimore and DC region. Through Creativity First she currently leads drama workshops and summer camps for children of all ages, as well as trains teachers and develops curriculum for Creativity First’s programs.

http://www.creativityfirstcompany.com/
Bobby Marvin Holmes
Producer, Social Worker, & Founder of Son of a Dream, LLC

http://sonofadream.com/
Brandon Johns
Executive Director, M.A.N.U.P.

Brittany J. Harris
Vice President of Learning & Innovation at The Winters Group, Inc.

Brittany J. Harris is the Vice President of Learning & Innovation at The Winters Group, Inc., a global diversity and inclusion consulting firm. In her role, Brittany is responsible for curating and facilitating learning experiences that shift perspectives, change hearts, and empower action in service of equity, justice, and inclusion.

https://www.wintersgroup.com/
Chelsea Goodly
Senior Associate, Policy and Advocacy at the Data Quality Campaign (DQC)

Chelsea is a Senior Associate, Policy and Advocacy at the Data Quality Campaign (DQC). She supports DQC’s advocacy efforts across a range of topics by developing key resources, managing projects, and informing policy analysis. She focuses on issues including the role of data in advancing education equity, educator data literacy, and empowering families and communities with information to better support student success.

https://dataqualitycampaign.org/
Damión Perkins
Arts Based Health Educator for Kaiser Permanente

Damión Perkins is currently an Arts Based Health Educator for Kaiser Permanente. Damión has her Masters Degree in Theatre Education from The Catholic University of America. She currently leverages external partnerships in the DC and Suburban Maryland area to increase equity in health and education for under resourced schools and communities.

https://thrive.kaiserpermanente.org/care-near-mid-atlantic?kp_shortcut_referrer=kp.org/midatlantic
Dana Carr
Executive Director of Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Center, Inc.

Dana Carr is the Executive Director of Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Center, Inc., a non profit arts education organization whose mission is to empower youth through the arts, academics, and social development. A Baltimore native, Dana has presented at the Arts Integration, Maryland Fine Arts Education, and Culturally Responsive Teaching Conferences and is a part of the Fine Arts Education Advisory Panel for the state. Dana also sits on the board of the Alumni of Maryland Schools’ Arts Programs.

http://ltyc.net/
Danielle Marshall
Executive Director of Playworks Maryland

Danielle Marshall is the Executive Director of Playworks Maryland, a national nonprofit committed to ensuring children have access to safe and healthy play at recess. Danielle has authored several articles on increasing children’s access to play. She recently helped to curated the Play- Based Experiential Learning (PBEL) Toolkit in conjunction with the Alliance for Childhood, aimed at reinstating child-directed and teacher-supported play opportunities into early childhood learning environments.

Denise M. Jones
President of Brass Ring Company

Denise M. Jones, President of Brass Ring Company, is a youth development practitioner, instructional designer and facilitator of cultural arts, education, life skills, parent engagement, and workforce development programs for youth, teens and adults. An active community engagement professional, she has been an ardent supporter for parent advocacy and student achievement.

Derek Simmons
Director of Student Services

Dr. Derek L. Simmons has served as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal at the high school level. He has also served as a K-12 Instructional Supervisor and is currently the Director of Student Services, a position he has held for six years. In the community, Dr. Simmons serves on the Caroline County Recreation and Parks Advisory Board, Caroline County YMCA Branch Board, Caroline County Planning Commission, Maryland Rural Health Collaborative, and Food For Learning, Inc. Board.

https://www.carolineschools.org/student-life/student-services/
Heather Buritsch
Statewide Gardening for Nutrition Coordinator

Heather Buritsch is the Statewide Gardening for Nutrition Coordinator for the Maryland SNAP-Ed program with the University of Maryland Extension, know as the Maryland Food Supplement Nutrition Education Program. She is a North Carolina native and graduate of North Carolina State University. In her role with with FSNE, she coordinates food gardening and nutrition programs and out of school programming for use with collaborating partners statewide.

https://extension.umd.edu/fsne/fsne-youth-programs/youth-gardening-nutrition
Jake Weinfeld
Executive Director of MERIT Health Leadership Academy

Jake Weinfeld is the Executive Director of MERIT Health Leadership Academy, a program that educates and empowers underrepresented students to become health professionals and change agents. During Jake’s time at MERIT the program has grown from serving 50 to 250 students. Prior to joining the MERIT team Jake was a science teacher and department chair at KIPP.

https://www.meritbaltimore.org/
Dr. Jaquia Bridges
Nonprofit Organization and Management

Dr. Jacquia Bridges has a proven track record of pushing students toward success. His education background includes a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Rust College in Mississippi, a master’s degree in Business Administration from South University in South Carolina and a Doctorate of Education from Argosy University in Georgia. He utilizes the knowledge and experiences that he has gained through his experiences to help young people realize their potential and reach their goals.

http://www.marylandmentor.net/
Jeannette Simon
Founder/CEO of ANANIZACH LLC

Jeannette Simon is the Founder/CEO of ANANIZACH LLC, a mentoring consulting firm. Utilizing 27 years of mentoring experience, Jeannette offers technical assistance and training to new, emerging and established mentoring programs in Maryland, DC, and Virginia. For seven years Jeannette was the Director of Volunteer and Mentoring Services with Concerned Black Men National (CBM). Jeannette is a 1989 graduate of Morgan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Sciences.

https://www.ananizach.com/
Jeffrey Jordan
Mindful Co-Founder

Jeffrey is a Mindful Co-Founder and social entrepreneur. His work is centered on holistic youth development, mentoring and kinetic life coaching. His mission has been dedicated to a Mind, Body, Spirit approach to personal empowerment and life balance for adults, families and youth. Jeffrey is a national speaker, his mission is to inspire an awareness of the Mind, Body, & Spirit balance to student and staff programming.

http://www.kid-grit.com/
Jeffrey Kranzler
Founder, Leaf Mentoring

Dr. Jeffrey Kranzler, Ph.D., LCSW-C has been involved in the field of mentoring for over two decades. He began his career as a volunteer in a Baltimore based mentoring program while attending Johns Hopkins University and studied mentoring during his Masters and Doctoral studies at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work. In January of 2014, he published his dissertation entitled "The Impact of a Mentoring Intervention on the Substance Use and Aggression of Homeless Young Adults."

http://leafmentoring.com/
Jennifer Gauthier
Founder and Executive Director of Lead4Life, Inc.

Jennifer Gauthier is the Founder and Executive Director of Lead4Life, Inc.? Gauthier graduated from Springfield College with a Bachelor’s of Science and Master’s of Social Work. Gauthier has ample experience working with high risk youth and their families.? Gauthier is committed to working with youth and adults and hopes her challenges and victories will help at least one person.

https://www.lead4lifeinc.org/
Jennifer Rivers
Program Manager for Professional Development

Jennifer Rivers is an educator who has dedicated herself to helping students of all ages to discover their gifts and talents and explore how they can use them to make the world a better place. Jennifer is an advocate for lifelong learning, who is able to foster the confidence and courage in other educators and youth to pursue challenges and community changing projects.

https://www.techbridgegirls.org

Jessica Mellon is a 4-H Educator with the University of Maryland Extension in Allegany County. She is committed to providing Allegany County youth with STEM and robotics learning opportunities that keep them competitive in emerging technologies and ready for their chosen college and career paths. She conducts free and innovative STEM programming in every public school in Allegany County as well as outreach programming in all public libraries and many private schools.

Joanne Miller
Visual artist, photographer and educator

Joanne Miller is an accomplished visual artist, photographer and educator experienced in arts education, environmental engagement and community arts programming. Joanne has collaborated with more than 100 Artist Residency programs. She has taught at the National Portrait Gallery and presented at the Walters Museum. Certified in Arts Integration STEAM (STEM+Arts) and ESSA-SEL, she is on the Teaching Artist Roster of the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.

http://www.joanne-miller.com
Jonathan Prozzi
Director of Learning Design at the Digital Harbor Foundation

Jonathan Prozzi is Director of Learning Design at the Digital Harbor Foundation where he develops resources for teaching technology and maker skills to youth and educators. He's has worked with youth for over 10 years through academic coaching, cognitive training, audio engineering, and as a maker and technology educator. Jonathan is a lifelong learner, technologist, musician, and design enthusiast passionate about empowering others through technology and creativity.

https://www.digitalharbor.org/
Juanita M. Greenfield
Blesid Consulting

Juanita Greenfield focuses her consulting practice in the non-profit at-risk youth development community and diversity, inclusion, and equitable education industry. She consults with non-profits, boards, educators, and government entities to develop strategies, training, capacity building and funding strategies. Juanita holds an MBA in Business Management, and a MSA in Marketing from the University of Maryland, University College.

http://blesidconsulting.com/
Julia Gabor
Co-Founder of kid-grit

Julia is the grateful Co-Founder of kid-grit, a curriculum with a new, holistic approach to youth development which encompasses mindfulness, social and emotional learning, character education, digital and social media awareness and finishes off with a project showing students mastery. Julia is a graduate of the State University of New York, Fredonia receiving her bachelor’s degree in the Fine Arts. She received her Master’s in Educational Leadership from Antioch University in 2012.

https://www.kid-grit.com/
Kaitlin Doyle
Marriage and Family Therapist

Kaitlin is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in Psychology and Hispanic Linguistics and her Master's degree from the University of Maryland in Couple and Family Therapy. She currently works as a Child and Family Therapist with the Linkages to Learning program where she provides trauma informed mental health therapy to elementary-aged children and their families.

https://www.emilycooktherapy.com/therapists/kaitlin-doyle/
Kat Stork
Program Director for Caroline County Afterschool & Summer Learning Programs

Kat Stork is a youth and family advocate with 20+ years of nonprofit and public sector experience in initiating and fortifying strong partnerships that support environments and human relationships that are safe, nurturing, and enriching for children, youth and families. She is particularly dedicated to working to improve access to resources for youth and families who live in rural communities both on Maryland's Eastern Shore and beyond. For more than a decade she served as the program director for Caroline County's Afterschool and Summer Learning programs, including managing 21st Century Community Learning Center grants. She is a former Afterschool Alliance Ambassador and continues to advocate for continued federal, state, and local support for OST programs. She lives in Caroline County.

http://carolinelmb.com/index.php/life-long-learning-centers-after-school-program/
Katherine Spinney
Leadership Coach

After nearly twenty years of experience in direct service and management, Katherine has combined her background in education, social work and coaching to support leaders in the youth development field. Through a powerful combination of training and coaching focusing on both skills and mindset, it is Katherine’s vision and dream to support leaders to effectively support their staff in order to more effectively serve their clients.

https://www.katherinespinney.com/
Kera Ritter
Nonprofit Management Consultant

Kera Ritter of The Ritter Group, LLC. is committed to helping not-for-profit organizations build and strengthen their capacity. She provides consulting in the areas of strategic planning, organizational development, and transition management. Ms. Ritter holds a Master of Science from Drexel University and a bachelor’s degree from University of Maryland, College Park.

http://www.marylandmentor.net/
Kristina Berdan
Education Director, Baltimore City Initiatives

Kristina Berdan is a National Board Certified teacher who taught in Baltimore City Schools for fifteen years. She graduated from Towson University’s Master of Arts in Teaching Program after dancing pre-professionally with the Dayton Ballet Company and then earning her B.S in Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland. Alongside nine of her middle school students in Baltimore City, she founded The Youth Dreamers, Inc. in 2001.

www.yamd.org
Lacey Tsonis
Assistant Deputy Director for Resource & Referral Services for Maryland Family Network and the Maryland Child Care Resource Network

Lacey Tsonis is the Assistant Deputy Director for Resource & Referral Services for Maryland Family Network and the Maryland Child Care Resource Network. Lacey has worked with children and families in addition to working in human resources, as a trainer, and a professional development coordinator. Lacey received her Bachelors in Child and Family Studies from Albright College in Pennsylvania and completed post-graduate work in education at Loyola University Maryland.

http://www.marylandfamilynetwork.org/
Lindsey Foss
Director of YMCA Linkages to Learning

Lindsey is Director of YMCA Linkages to Learning, a school based collaborative that works to enable at-risk children and adolescents to reach optimal physical and mental health, achieve academic success, and become socially secure in their communities. She is a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist. Lindsey has 10 years of experience in community based work in the D.C. metro area.

https://www.ymcadc.org/
Lisa Moyer
Program Coordinator & Associate Professor for Graduate Education at Stevenson University

Lisa Moyer is Program Coordinator & Associate Professor for Graduate Education at Stevenson University. She received her PhD from Virginia Tech in Integrative STEM Education, and served as a Post-Doctoral Associate in I-STEM Education and Engineering Education. In her role as an educational consultant, Lisa facilitated various educational projects, included building professional development protocol for NASA's Out of School Learning Network.

http://www.muddysquirrel.com/
Liza Manfred
Director of Educational Strategy & Planning at KID Museum

Liza supports KID Museum’s organizational and programmatic strategy execution, as well as serving as a Maker Educator developing and facilitating innovative programs. She has a special focus on managing partnership programs like the Invent the Future Challenge with Montgomery County Public Schools. Drawing on her background in science education, she has worked at the International Spy Museum and the National Building Museum. Liza holds a master’s in Museum Education from The George Washington University, and a bachelor’s from the University of Notre Dame.

kid-museum.org
Lynn Sobolov
Educator, Grant Writer, OST Systems Builder

Lynn Sobolov has worked as an educator, grant writer and out-of-school time systems builder over the past 30 years. She has written and received federal, state and local grants totaling over 5 million dollars in funding for after school programs and has served as project director for 21st Century Community Learning Center programs in West Virginia and Maryland. In her current role as independent consultant, she provides training, technical support and grant-writing expertise to out-of-school time organizations in the state of Maryland and the DC region.

Melanie J. Wells
Director of Administration for the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics

Melanie J. Wells is the Director of Administration for the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics with 20 years of experience in the public health and nonprofit sectors. During her career, she has served vulnerable communities in North Carolina, Florida, the District of Columbia and Maryland. Her areas of expertise include: nonprofit governance, strategic planning, full-cycle grants administration, as well as program design, implementation, and evaluation.

https://www.acmg.net/
Michelle Kaufman
Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University

Michelle Kaufman, PhD, is a social psychologist by training and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health, Behavior & Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her research focuses on how factors related to the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, and socio-economic status contribute to health disparities, particularly for youth of color.

https://www.jhsph.edu/faculty/directory/profile/2841/michelle-r-kaufman
Nick Greer
VP of Interconnection

Pamela Herath
Leadership and Educational Consultant

Pam Herath is a leadership and educational consultant who has delivered over 300 leadership and coaching workshops and has presented at numerous conferences, including Character.org, Urban Soccer Symposium, The Healthy Masculinity Summit, NAIS, and PAIS. She served as the keynote speaker for the SAIS and NYSAIS Athletic Director’s conferences in the spring of 2018 and delivered an engaging workshop on self-awareness at the University of Delaware’s Women’s Week conference.

https://www.striveleadership.org/leadership-workshops
Rachael Wooden
Kaiser Permanente’s Community Health team

Rachael Wooden is works as a part of Kaiser Permanente’s Community Health team. She leads the Thriving Schools and Arts-based Learning work in greater Baltimore with a focus on increasing resiliency and career and college readiness in youth and the adults that serve them. She brings twelve years of experience as an educator in public schools and using the arts to unite and heal schools-centered communities.

https://about.kaiserpermanente.org/community-health
Randi Norris
Baltimore Intersection

Randi Norris is the Executive Director of The Intersection, a leadership and community organizing program for high school students in Baltimore City. Her work is rooted in her love of Baltimore and passion for empowering with youth. She has been a classroom teacher, ran after school programs, worked in fundraising and development and provided systems level coaching and capacity building to nonprofits and community school programs. Randi is also an Adjunct Instructor with Stevenson University’s Community Based Education and Leadership Program.

http://www.baltimoreintersection.org/
Robert Anthony Granger
President of Nautical Health Concepts

Robert A. Granger III is the President of Nautical Health Concepts. He holds 13 years of experience in leading public health, community advocacy, and youth-based programs. His expertise has gained in supporting related efforts in 15 different states via opportunities in government, healthcare organizations, and nonprofits. Mr. Granger received a Bachelor of Science in Health Education from the University of Florida and a Master of Public Health from Morgan State University.

https://www.nauticalhealthconcepts.com/
Shaquanna Foster-Dotson
President and Founder of Inspiring Change Mental Health Services

Shaquanna Foster-Dotson is the President and Founder of Inspiring Change Mental Health Services. She has created several workshops for children, parents, and professionals in order to bring awareness to social issues such as; bullying, conflict resolution, suicide prevention, HIV awareness, and self -esteem. Mrs. Foster-Dotson has over fifteen years of experience with providing crisis management and counseling services to families of Maryland and Ohio.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/shaquanna-foster-dotson-lcsw-c
Sharon Dols
Office Manager & Event Coordinator, The Arc Maryland

Sharon Dols is the Office Manager & Event Coordinator for The Arc Maryland, an organization working with a mission to create a world where children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) have and enjoy equal rights and opportunities. She received her bachelor's degree in communication sciences from The University of Connecticut at Storrs and has worked for over 15 years with Middle and High School students.

http://www.thearcmd.org/
Steve Rohde
Deputy Director for Resource & Referral Services for Maryland Family Network and the Maryland Child Care Resource Network

Steve Rohde is the Deputy Director for Resource & Referral Services for Maryland Family Network and the Maryland Child Care Resource Network. He is the President Emeritus of the Child Care Aware of America board. He has bachelors and masters degrees in Early Childhood Education from Towson University and an Executive Certificate in Transformational Nonprofit Leadership, University of Notre Dame.

http://www.marylandfamilynetwork.org/
Steven Stookey
Co-Founder and CCO of CypherWorx, Inc.

With over 30 years of experience in training and management positions, Steve is excited to discuss the latest tools and resources for online professional development training designed specifically for the world of afterschool. Working with programs throughout the country, Steve is happy to share the experience of others looking to continue to take advantage of technology and creating purposeful professional development paths that ultimately help improve quality and reduce turnover in programs.

Tawanna Kane
Certified Yoga Teacher and MBSR Instructor

Tawanna Kane, RYT is a certified yoga teacher and MBSR instructor, has created stress reduction and mindfulness curricula for public school systems, hospitals, research studies, juvenile halls, level III schools and other general adult populations throughout the US. Tawanna’s work has been featured in American Legacy Woman, Ascent Magazine, Mindful Magazine and in several films, including The Fire of Yoga and the documentary, Yoga Comes to Brooklyn.

http://www.innerresourcesproject.com/
tree
Managing Director of the Baltimore Wisdom Project

tree@everythingtree.info

www.baltimorewisdomproject.org

Trina Payne has a Master’s degree in Social Work from Howard University. Her experience includes providing support on organizational and case practice issues with the DC Child and Family Services Agency, MD Association of Resources for Families and Youth, & other human service organizations on a local, state, and national level. Mrs. Payne has trained direct care and management staff. She also conducts quality service reviews and collaborates on safety, permanency, & well-being outcomes for children, youth, and families.

www.legacysupportservices.com
Trivia Payne
Founder & CEO of Bondage to Grace Connections

https://www.facebook.com/bondagetograceconnections/
Valerie Branch
Teaching Artist Fellow, Young Audiences/Arts for Learning

Valerie Branch graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland College Park with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance. As a Roster Artist and a Teaching Artist Fellow with Young Audiences of Maryland and the Wolf Trap Early Learning Program, her mission is to bring dance to schools throughout DC/MD/VA and beyond. Valerie believes in the importance of sharing the performing arts with under-served youth and adults to enhance growth and development within their communities.

www.yamd.org

Event Schedule

  • November 3, 2019
  • November 4, 2019
  • November 5, 2019
12:30 PM
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05:30 PM

Pre-Conference "Health is Wealth"

$75.00

Join us for a day of personal and organization care and growth with a morning focused on self-care and a grant writing intensive to help you capitalize on available funding opportunities. 'Self-Care for Youth Development Professionals' will transport you to a wellness wonderland where you will learn the practice of mindfulness and yoga as well as strategies to integrate those techniques into your work and personal life. Close out the session with our grant writing intensive: 'How to Win Grants and Influence People.' This course will put you in the position of the grantmakers. Learn key strategies for making your grant application stand out by reviewing a sample grant and best practices for funding requests.

Lynn Sobolov

Lauren Going

08:00 AM
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08:45 AM

Breakfast and Networking with Exhibitors

$0.00

09:00 AM
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10:30 AM
10:40 AM
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11:40 AM
Track : Advocacy & Organizing

Suspending Justice: Promoting Equity in Maryland Schools

This workshop will review school discipline laws in Maryland and discuss due process rights of students. This workshop will provide a brief overview of school discipline policy in Maryland, as well as current and past rates of exclusionary discipline. We will also discuss the negative impacts of exclusionary discipline as well as the disproportionate use of exclusionary discipline with minority students and students with disabilities.

Aarti Sidhu

Track : Centering Youth in Youth Work

Empowerment through Peer-to-Peer Programs

L4L has created a model of peer-to-peer and/or peer-to-near-peer programming to enhance the success of youth re-engagement, ex-offenders, and those in substance abuse recovery receiving a mentor. Participants will receive an interactive workshop session that explores peer-to-peer work, data, and models. Participants will create a peer-to-peer model that will be presented to the larger group with feedback from the facilitators.

Jennifer Gauthier

Ronald Villalobos

Track : Programmatic Innovations

KID Museum

KID Museum will provide an overview of Invent the Future Challenge, a region-wide initiative open to any middle schooler. This challenge encourages students to think of an enviornmental problem, big or small, that needs to be addressed. Then come up with solution to that problem; and invention that would address that problem. Youth development professionals can coach their middle school students in this challenge by providing the opportunity and space for a collaborative, team-building project. KID Museum offers a structural framework and a community of practice for these professionals and other educators and community members to gain insight and links to resources in the prototype design and development process.

Liza Manfred

Track : Partnership Development

Advocate for Mentoring: How to Develop Fruitful Relationships with Elected Officials

By nature, mentoring programs excel at building relationships with young people and communities. However, a missing piece of the puzzle for many programs is building relationships with a key stakeholder - effected officials! This workshop will help your program create goals for developing relationships with elected officials (local, state and federal) and identifying advocacy goals specific to your program challenges or needs. You will also learn about key federal legislation that would expand mentoring opportunities for young people and how you can advocate for mentoring with your colleagues.

Adriane Alicea

Track : Organizational Capacity

Mending Your Relationship with Evaluation Data: Ways to Use Data to Strengthen Programs -

Workshop Description: Many programs shy away from monitoring and evaluation data because they do not know how to collect it well, how to summarize it, or how to describe results in presentations or reports. This workshop will focus on taking the fear out of data collection and use monitoring and evaluation to strengthen a program (and the prospect of future funding!)

Albert Casella

Michelle Kaufman

Track : Healthy Behaviors for Youth & Practitioners

Growing Strong Youth from the Inside Out: Building the Mentor-Mentee Relationship on a Foundation of Wellness

Health promotion topics, including nutrition, fitness, sleep hygiene, and mindfulness, require more time than brief office visits allow. The mentor-mentee relationship represents a special opportunity to encourage youth wellness through discussion, modeling, and creating a shared culture of wellness. This workshop will address several important health concerns facing youth, the principles of a healthy lifestyle, and how mentors may act as a much needed positive influence surrounding issues of wellness

Qadira Ali Huff

Track : Equity & Inclusion

Creating a Nurturing Space for Youth with Different Abilities

As the nation's largest youth development program, 4-H engages millions of people from all areas of the country to provide youth opportunities for youth the learn life skills, confidence, and compassion. The 4-H program is committed to being inclusive and welcoming of all forms of diversity. This session will focus on best practices for creating an inclusive out-of-school-time enviornment for youth with disabilities.

Jessica Mellon

11:45 AM
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12:00 PM

Exhibitor Tour

$0.00

Stroll through our Exhibitor Hall to see a wide selection of innovative programs, software, and products to make your youth development or mentoring organization sustainable and impactful.

12:05 PM
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12:50 PM
01:00 PM
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02:00 PM
Track : Centering Youth in Youth Work

From Marginalized to Emerging: Centering Youth Voices in Our Decision Making

This workshop will challenge participants to rethink how they engage youth within their work. Participants will work together to discuss common challenges and barriers; identify potential solutions, and review best practices that will lead to increasing the meaningful engagement of youth in institutional decision making

Jason Walker

Jeffrey Walker

Track : Partnership Development

Capitalizing on Volunteer Talents

Fostering opportunities for long-lasting relationship sis a key component to creating large scale change in youth organizations. Albeit, relationships play a major role in the sustainability of youth programs. Program that know how to leverage these relationships for the betterment of their organization assists in creating a sustainable environment. Volunteers are the lifeline of the program. This workshop will illustrate how organization management can mobilize this process through cognitive diversity and demonstrate a pragmatic approach that has a direct impact on volunteer support and organizational sustainability.

Dr. Jaquia Bridges

Jeannette Simon

Track : Organizational Capacity

I Almost Fell Asleep. Someone must be discussing Organizational Capacity

Is your non-profit a pop-up tent or a Class 5 hurricane-proof home? If you were a young person seeking a safe place during a storm, which one would you choose? Youth thrive in organized environments with consistency and support, which requires organizations to run effective operations that support the organization's mission. In this workshop, participants will understand the difference between running a program and running and organization; evaluate the strengths and areas of improvement for their organization; and create a plan for moving their organization to the next level. We'll cover building a strong Board of Directors, creating a strategic plan that doesn't collect dust on a shelf, why risk management plans won't prevent you from being sued but can increase the likelihood your organization survives in the event that things go sideways; and more.

Kera Ritter

Track : Healthy Behaviors for Youth & Practitioners

Treat Yourself: Self-Care Strategies for Practitioners

This workshop addresses the importance of self-care for teachers and practitioners. Through self-reflective, hands;on activities and experiences, participants will explore and increase their familiarity with best practices in self-care, including breathing techniques, using mantras, getting enough rest, and feeling gratitude. These techniques are also able to be used with children and youth. Participants will create a plan to increase the use of self-care strategies in their daily lives.

Angie Sparks

02:10 PM
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03:10 PM
Track : Programmatic Innovations

Reimagining Collective Impact Learning

Let's reimagine how collective imapct data can support learning at all levels of a youth development organization. Improve your overall learning culture by further understanding research-based, social-emotional learning (SEL) outcomes that can cut across various youth development programs as well as data-driven positive youth development (PYD) reccomendations that can bolster SEL growth for youth. Experience how the same data can be maximized to communicate program results to funders, your board, to improve your program activities and to identify data-driven, professional development opportunities for your frontline staff.

Randi Norris

Sally Munemitsu

Track : Organizational Capacity

How to Attract, Orient, and Retain High Quality Staff

All the research agrees - for programs to have impact, they must have high-quality staff. In order to have high-quality staff, programs must be intentional in attracting, orienting, and retaining them. This session will explore some of the best practices in developing and retaining high-quality staff. Be prepared to challenge your thinking and let go of the excuses that are getting in the way of your program reaching its full potential.

Katherine Spinney

Track : Healthy Behaviors for Youth & Practitioners

Building a Healthy Environment for Out of School Programs

Participants will be introduced to the "Healthy Kids for Out of School" curriculum and resources developed by University of Maryland Extension's FSNE program (Maryland SNAP-ed) to provide fun and inventive ways to engage youth in healthy eating and physical activity practices that can be replicated in all areas of their lives. participants will be introduced to lessons and activities that can be incorporated into their programs to build healthy daily routines.

Heather Buritsch

Track : Equity & Inclusion

Creating Mentoring Programs that Meet the Needs of Immigrant Youth

This workshop will provide participants with the most up to date research on the needs of immigrant youth. It will also develop the skills needed by participants to provide the most effective mentoring training and program design for programs serving immigrant youth.

Jeffrey Kranzler

03:20 PM
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04:20 PM
Track : Centering Youth in Youth Work

Essentials of Positive Youth Engagement, Day 1 and Beyond

This workshop focuses on creating guidelines and strategies for positive first-time mentor/mentee engagement and relationship building. This course concentrates on creating a "safe and structured" space for youth to assemble, openly communicate, interact and build positive relationships.

Brandon Johns

Track : Programmatic Innovations

Creative Kids Drama: A Case Study of Innovative, Inclusive, Empowering After-School Programming

In this workshop the founder and current director of the Creative Kids Drama program will share their experience - both success and challenges - in creating and managing an innovative after-school drama program for elementary and middle school students.Creative Kids Drama merges traditional drama skills with literacy skills based on common core standards in a program in which students dramatize children's literature. The facilitators will discuss the process of creating and disseminating an after-school program that is academically valuable and also accessible and empowering for students of all backgrounds and abilities. Participants will also be invited to discuss their own process of creating or facilitating inclusive and empowering after-school programming.

Ashley Derr

Lenor Blank Kelner

Track : Partnership Development

It's a Family Affair: Engaging Families: Parents, Youth, and Seniors

As community based organizations seek to promote growth and sustainability, cross-organization partnerships can add depth to the impact we have in our communities. By joining forces, we can add value to our respective organizations, as well as to the impact we have in the lives of our youth. In order to effectively take advantage of partnerships, we must prepare ourselves adequately for combined efforts.

Denise M. Jones

Track : Organizational Capacity

Making Your Non-Profit Profitable: Strategies for Organizational Viability

Non-profit organizations are often run by leaders, staff, and volunteers who are passionate about the mission of the organization. However, building a legacy for your nonprofit organization will require more than passion. This workshop will highlight key leadership and management strategies for developing organizational capacity, including: strategic planning, organizational growth and talent management. This workshop will be ideal for board members, volunteer leaders, and senior staff to attend together.

Melanie J. Wells

Track : Healthy Behaviors for Youth & Practitioners

Integrating the Pause: Bringing Mindfulness to You and Those You Serve

This workshop is designed to offer those that work with adolescents a way to integrate mindfulness into settings with youth. We will also explore how mindfulness can enhance our own personal growth, reduce the risk for conditions such as empathy fatigue, vicarious traumatization and burnout while increasing emotional resilience. Each participant will leave with a toolkit of core practices and experiential activities that will invite and build present moment awareness and mindful presence.

Tawanna Kane

Track : Equity & Inclusion

Cultural Competence in Your Changemaking

The road to equity and inclusion is paved with cultural competence; our ability to build equity relies on our ability to build and harness our cultural competence. In this highly interactive session, we explore cultural competence and its importance in the work towards creating a better community for the youth in Maryland. Intentionally developing our understanding of cultural competence means we can effectively communicate with those different with us by meeting meeting where they are, while ultimately serves us in challenging the status quo in a way that minimizes the inevitable burnout. Join us for this workshop and leave with a grater understanding of cultural competence; why it is important in your work of fostering equity and inclusion; and the tangible tools you can apply directly to your work moving forward.

Brittany J. Harris

06:00 PM
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09:30 PM

Partnership Reception

$25.00

08:30 AM
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09:00 AM

Breakfast and Networking with Exhibitors

$0.00

09:40 AM
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10:40 AM
Track : Equity & Inclusion

Equity and Inclusion: Moving from Dialogue - To Intention - Into Action!

This workshop will be a discussion built to provide an understanding of the definitions of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Understanding these terms and moving from the need for dialogue to intention and then the action of providing programs that provide an equitable solution. A key element will be understanding the difference between the concepts of equality vs. equity, and why equity specifically is needed. The 10 myths about Diversity and Inclusion will be discussed and an open conversation will be had about what bias is and how we carry then and how they affect how we approach, care, and work for and with our youth.

Juanita M. Greenfield

Track : Centering Youth in Youth Work

Engage, Reflect, Create: The Intersection of the Arts and Student Centered Classrooms

What does student-centered work look, sound, and feel like? In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to engage in a student-centered lesson demonstration co-taught by nationally credentialed teaching artist Valerie Branch and national board certified teacher, Kristina Berdan. The lesson demonstration will lead into time for reflection about the less, strategies and resources for creating student-centered lessons, and time for creating your very own student-centered lesson with the workshop facilitators and your peers.

Kristina Berdan

Valerie Branch

Track : Programmatic Innovations

Building the Bridge to Careers through Out of School Time Programming

MERIT Health Leadership Academy builds the bridge between Baltimore's medical community and its youth. Talented young people long for meaningful college/career preparation. At the same time, universities, corporations, and government entities want to engage youth but often don't know how. Come learn how OST programs can bridge the gap.

Jake Weinfeld

Track : Partnership Development

Thinking Beyond the School Day: How Secure Data Sharing and Community Partnerships can Improve student learning

Faced with increasingly diverse pathways through school and into the workforce, families, educators, and policymakers must think creatively about how to equip students with the skills they need to successful. Collaborative partnerships between out-of-school time programs and schools, supported by the secure sharing of education data, can help prepare students for their future by bridging learning in and out of the classroom. Join the Data Quality Campaign to hear how communities across the country are using data to support these collaborations and the important role states can play to support this work.

Chelsea Goodly

Track : Healthy Behaviors for Youth & Practitioners

Leading Youth with Emotional Intelligence

Anyone who performs in a leadership capacity must understand the role they play in influencing others, as well as the importance of leading with emotional intelligence. Our level of emotional intelligence has a direct impact on how we manage behavior, work through situations, handle stress, and make decisions that achieve positive outcomes. This workshop is designed to teach Emotional Intelligence concepts and give insight to strategies for mastering and leading oneself, so that they may successfully lead others, including youth.

Gina Kelly

Track : Organizational Capacity

Cypherworx

Using the Maryland Out of School Time Network (MOST) and Family League of Baltimore professsional development program to deliver and track approved online training for staff. Sharing the advantages of technology to save time and expense related to professional development within afterschool programs. The workshop covers tools to evaluate existing competency levels and develop individualized learning plans. We will discuss developing purposeful professional development and putting the tools in the hands of staff to help improve quality and reduce turnover in programs

Steven Stookey

Track : Advocacy & Organizing

Harnessing the Power of Mentorship: Mobilize, Activate, Invest

In this workshop, we will use iMentor as a case study to demonstrate how harnessing the power of mentors can not only create transformative relationship, but can also advance the mission of the organization beyond the one on one relationship. Our mentors support our mission by utilizing their network, resources, and their commitment to issues of equity to grow the impact, scale, and sustainability of the mission.

Adeola Whitney

10:50 AM
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11:50 PM

Logic Models: Why, What, and How?

$0.00

Platitudes abound in our work and when it comes to metrics: "see the forest for the trees," "measure what matters," and don't drown in data". However, these phrases don't help get closer to illuminating progress toward ambitious missions and visions. At Thread we focus on a powerful goal - to build relationships across lines of difference so that everyone involved (Young Adults through Board Members) are on a journey of growth - and have developed effective ways to meet it. Central to our work is a clear logic model, which is a tool that looks backwards from long-term goals to define the actions and align the resources needed to succeed. In this session, participants will first explore logic models as a tool for managing outcomes, then share their expertise with logic models with peers, and finally outline a new or refine a current logic model.

Nick Greer

10:50 AM
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11:50 AM
Track : Equity & Inclusion

Adverse Childhood Experiences - Resilience and the Science of Hope

Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. Understanding the biological foundation of ACEs establishes greater awareness of the key elements of an ACEs score and the impact these experiences have on children throughout their lifetime. However, there are resiliency and protective factors which can help reduce these adverse experiences and mitigate the impact they have on children who do experience them. IDentifying these action steps to coordinate change on all levels is an important first step.

Lacey Tsonis

Steve Rohde

Track : Centering Youth in Youth Work

Live Young Blood

View screening of "Live Young Blood" documentary, exploring the impact of violence in Baltimore and interventions to engage youth living in urban communities, followed by 45 min panel discussion with practitioners and experts on youth violence prevention and culturally competent programming for African American boys.

Bobby Marvin Holmes

Track : Programmatic Innovations

RAISE THEM UP! 5 Fresh & Fun Approaches to Integrate SEL & Mindfulness Into Your Program

It's no secret that there is a learning gap among youth in US schools across the nation. Research suggests that enviornmental, social challenges and access to essential needs are lending to the learning gap. Classroom teachers, administrators, and afterschool programs are starving for tools and resources to apply that support students in a whole child methodology. In this workshop-style presentation, we will address the equity gap and provide an innovative approach to social-emotional learning, mindfulness and youth development.

Jeffrey Jordan

Julia Gabor

Track : Partnership Development

Community Based Cross-Organizational Partnerships

This interactive workshop will provide resources, tips, and ideas for how to create, facilitate, and sustain university and community -based cross-organizational partnerships. It will highlight several graduate students' work with youth organizations in the community, as well as other partnerships, providing a variety of examples of pitfalls and collaborations that work. Participants will work together to build ideas for projects and partnerships for their particular organizations, and network while taking the preliminary steps toward building new and creative cross-organizational partnership that will positively impact the lives of our youth.

Lisa Moyer

Track : Healthy Behaviors for Youth & Practitioners

POSI - Preventive Opioid Strategies and Interventions for Youth Providers and Educators

The POSI workshop is designed for providers and educators to assist in creating preventive opioid strategies and interventions while engaging youth in healthy discussions and behaviors. Involving students in program design and implementation promotes positive outcomes. The workshop will also incorporate curriculum from the Seeking Safety intervention (evidence-based) practices that promote self-care and the importance of primary behavioral healthcare partnerships.

Track : Organizational Capacity

Navigate to Increased Impact with an Organizational GPS

Learn how to use the principles of a Global Positioning System (GPS) to guide the direction of your organization. Use those principles to create a foundation for developing a strategic organization versus just a strategic plan. Integrate participatory design, stakeholder engagement, and deep listening strategies to build buy-in and loyalty.

Candace Chance

Track : Advocacy & Organizing

How to Use Collective Impact to Build a Strong Mentor Network

Collective Impact Framework to navigate through the process of transformation and help you implement a trauma-informed system of care. It is an innovative and structured approach to making collaboration work across government, non-profit organizations, businesses, philanthropy and citizens to achieve significant and lasting change in communities. The presenter will discuss how mentoring organizations can utilize the five principles of Collective Impact (common agenda, shared measurement system, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication, and backbone support) to improve their communication, share information, and achieve outcomes on a community-level to achieve greater impact.

Trina Payne

12:00 PM
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12:25 PM

Exhibitor Tour

$0.00

Stroll through our Exhibitor Hall to see a wide selection of innovative programs, software, and products to make your youth development or mentoring organization sustainable and impactful.

12:30 PM
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02:00 PM

Lunch Plenary

$0.00

Don't miss this lunch! Not only will you hear from a youth panel about equity, inclusion, and youth voice in programming. After the panel, we will be giving out our OST & mentoring Awards!

02:10 PM
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03:25 PM
Track : Equity & Inclusion

Together We're Better

Participants will learn learn to engage children they support in out-of-school time activities through disability awareness activities that celebrate diversity.

Sharon Dols

Track : Centering Youth in Youth Work

Student2Student2Succeed and ROYALS (Responsible Outgoing Young Adult Leaders Succeeding) Impact on Career Readiness, Academic Effort and Positive School Climate

High school and college students will share their experience as leaders of group mentoring and in-class tutors. Student2Student2Succeed is based on Dr. Melman's experience placing AmeriCorps members and mentor coaches into classrooms to provide direct support to students underachieving. Dr. Melman will share the history of pilot initiative and data from a current program at Neelsville Middle School, including information from teachers on the intervention.

Lori Melman

Track : Programmatic Innovations

Using Play-Based Strategies to Effectively Manage Groups

Dive into Play-Based Learning with our Professional Playworks trainer! Our trainings provide participants with critical insight and tools related to group management and game facilitation as a method to teach social-emotional skills, cooperation and conflict resolution. Our trainer will provide professional development on the key strategies of building rapport, attention getters, openings and closings, learning styles and rules and consequences.

Danielle Marshall

Olivia Klein

Track : Healthy Behaviors for Youth & Practitioners

Self Disclosure: Is it an Ethical Mistake or Intervention?

This workshop explores the ethical dilemmas surrounding the use of self-disclosure with clients. The use of self disclosure is a controversial and ambiguous area even for many seasoned therapists/mentors. It has become an important topic of discussion in clinical practice. Individuals who attend this self-disclosure workshop will be made aware of the ethical considerations surrounding self-disclosure with clients, as well as be apply an effective method for using self-disclosure.

Shaquanna Foster-Dotson

Track : Healthy Behaviors for Youth & Practitioners

RISE UP: Resiliency in School Environments Understanding and Practice

An interactive arts-integrated workshop for youth-serving professionals to practice trauma-sensitive skills that build confidence and improve capacity in their interaction with students and themselves.

Damión Perkins

Rachael Wooden

Track : Organizational Capacity

Teaching Tech for Non-Techies

The success and effectiveness of our programs is not just a matter of who we hire, but how we maintain a culture of peer learning throughout our organization. This session will break down some key components in the process of building staff capacity in technology from the ground up and how to help a non-technical staff member develop confidence in their tech skills.

Jonathan Prozzi

03:35 PM
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04:05 PM

Closing Session

$0.00

Come together for a final time as we say thank you to our attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors for making this conference possible. We will also give out door prizes and provide an opportunity for you to give feedback on your workshops and the overall event.

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