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]

The Hotel at The University of Maryland, 7777, College Park, MD, 20740, United States.

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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Maryland Out of School Time Network & Maryland MENTOR

www.mostnetwork.org

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.

CONTACT ORGANIZER

Lex Morgan
Author, Speaker, Life Coach

Ms. Lex Morgan specializes in curriculum development, PARENT WORKSHOPS and helping youth see their strengths. Ms. Morgan is dedicated to use her own personal teenage survival strategies to assist today's youth. Ms. Morgan is a successful book writer, public speaker, certified life coach

https://flsinc.org/
Dr. Michael Sinclair
Associate Profession, Morgan State

Michael is a native New Yorker who recently relocated to Charm City, Baltimore, MD. He has earned a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from State University of New York, College at Old Westbury, a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University, and completed his doctoral Social Work course work at Norfolk State University Michael was awarded the Paige E. Cook scholar at Columbia University for outstanding contributions to the profession of Social Work. Michael brings over 20 years experience in the field of Social Work and his colleagues describe him as having a passion for helping people. Michael has held a number of interesting professional social work positions in a variety of different fields of practice. Prior to joining the faculty at Morgan State University School of Social Work, Michael worked as a Clinical Social Worker in Virginia’s Department of Correction and a school social worker. As the past director of Rutgers University’s, Project SEARCH, Michael has worked to coordinate the aftercare services of ex-offender youth. Additionally, he has also been the New Jersey state coordinator for Social Work p.r.n. and an administrator of a school/community based program for Grand Street Settlement. Michael has done extensive research in the area of Youth Development and has several written articles relative to Juvenile Delinquency and Gangs. Michael has been teaching for over 15 years. He has taught both on the graduate level and the undergraduate level. Michael has taught across the Social Work curriculum which includes practice courses (Individual, Family and Group Dynamic), Policy, Child Welfare, Research, Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Field seminars and Urban Youth and Pop Culture Courses. Although, Michael’s considers his area of expertise as Child Welfare.

David Miller, M.Ed.
Author, Public Speaker

Mirna Newman has ten years of experience leading interactive group presentations, especially in her capacity as Site Manager, with Identity Inc., first for the Northwood High School Wellness Center and currently for the Wheaton High School Wellness Center. Most recently, she presented at the School-Based Health Alliance annual conference and the Latino Health Disparities Conference. In addition, she herself has facilitated and/or trained and managed teams of facilitators of positive youth development programming for students, families and teachers and school administrators.

http://daretobeking.net/about-us/david-miller/
Lauren Going
Psychotherapist/Yoga Instructor

Lauren is a psychotherapist and the owner and director of Going to Thrive, a Baltimore based holistic outpatient mental health practice that incorporates yoga, mindfulness, and other somatic therapies. She also teachers workshops and trainings on trauma and the body, yoga, mindfulness, and yoga nidra. Lauren is trained as an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist through the Himalayan Institute, a Yoga Nidra facilitator through the Amrit School of Yoga Nidra, and a Lifeforce Yoga instructor. Lauren specializes in trauma sensitive yoga as well as yoga for depression and anxiety. Lauren holds an advanced trauma certification through the Ferentz Institute. Lauren believes that to truly heal talking about one’s experiences is not enough. One has to address the entire being-body and mind.

Goingtothrive.net
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/
Albert Casella
Senior Research Coordinator II

Albert Casella is a Senior Research Coordinator at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he supports faculty to ensure the operational, administrative, and scientific implementation of multi-year studies focused on HIV prevention. Prior to working at Johns Hopkins, Albert served as a Monitoring & Evaluation Officer for the Rwanda Ministry of Health, where he worked closely with health and social protection offices throughout the country to implement a national evaluation of Rwanda’s social protection programming. His work and research has primarily focused on substance use prevention, HIV prevention, youth populations, and the organizations that serve youth in low-resource settings.

https://www.jhsph.edu/
Angie Sparks
Inclusion Specialist

Angela Sparks is an Inclusion Specialist with Abilities Network/Project ACT. She promotes high quality, inclusive early childhood education experiences for children of all abilities by providing training and consultation services to early childhood professionals. Through coaching, mentoring, advocating, and the provision of resources, she supports educators and families in fostering healthy social-emotional development and addressing the mental health and behavioral needs of young children. Angela has served as a Pre-K teacher and director, a fifth grade teacher, and a Curriculum Writer/Education Specialist for a for-profit corporate child care. She has worked in urban, suburban, and rural locations, which gives her a diverse perspective of children, families, and teachers.

https://anprojectact.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/
Candace Chance
Founder & Managing Partner at The V.P.I. Firm

Candace Chance has more that 7 years of experience designing effective programs & participatory leadership process, facilitating collaborative partnerships between a variety of groups with sometimes contradicting agendas, providing leadership development, and strategy consulting to architect and community development firms.

https://thevpifirm.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.

https://www.playworks.org/maryland/
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, job readiness and infused programs for youth, teens and adults. An active community engagement professional, she has been an ardent supporter for parent advocacy and student achievement, especially encouraging parents of color to walk the K12 journey with their children through her parent engagement program. Jones is a member of the Montgomery County Youth Development Community of Practice, Maryland MOST Network, Partners for Youth Empowerment, the NAACP Parents Council, and the Takoma Park Providers Network. Jones is also affiliated with Carpe Diem Arts, Inc. serving as their Director of Community Engagement, and will be presenting with founder, Busy Graham, at the MD4Youth 2019 Conference.

https://www.facebook.com/brassring4U/
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

Dr. Lori Melman, LCSW-C, chose social work over business but employs practical strategic practices to ensure participation among youth who have not been traditionally included in empowerment opportunities

https://flsinc.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
Mirna Newman
Program Manager, Wheaton High School Wellness Center

Mirna Newman has ten years of experience leading interactive group presentations, especially in her capacity as Site Manager, with Identity Inc., first for the Northwood High School Wellness Center and currently for the Wheaton High School Wellness Center. Most recently, she presented at the School-Based Health Alliance annual conference and the Latino Health Disparities Conference. In addition, she herself has facilitated and/or trained and managed teams of facilitators of positive youth development programming for students, families and teachers and school administrators.

https://identity-youth.org/
Naketa Lowery
CEO of Sustainable Life Solutions LLC, a Coaching & Professional development company

Naketta Lowery is the CEO of Sustainable Life Solutions LLC, a Coaching & Professional development company. Her background is in Family Science & Community Development with a focus on group dynamics & cohesion. She is a certified trauma & resilience Trainer of trainers, an internationally certified Personal & Executive coach, nationally certified Family Life educator, internationally certified Parent educator, and speaker. Mrs. Lowery is also the mother of multiple magnificent children and grandmother to one brilliant grand-baby!

https://www.connectandsustain.com/
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
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

12:30 PM

Pre-Conference "Health is Wealth"

12:30 PM - 05:30 PM
$75.00
08:00 AM

Breakfast and Networking with Exhibitors

08:00 AM - 08:45 AM
09:00 AM

Opening Session

09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
09:40 AM
Equity & Inclusion

Creating Mentoring Programs that Meet the Needs of Immigrant Youth

09:40 AM - 10:40 AMSalon G
10:40 AM
Equity & Inclusion

Creating a Nurturing Space for Youth with Different Abilities

10:40 AM - 11:40 AMSalon F
Advocacy & Organizing

Suspending Justice: Promoting Equity in MD Schools

10:40 AM - 11:40 AMHenson
Centering Youth in Youth Work

Empowerment through Peer-to-Peer Programs

10:40 AM - 11:40 AMCaroll
Programmatic Innovations

KID Museum

10:40 AM - 11:40 AMKey
Partnership Development

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

10:40 AM - 11:40 AMTubman
Organizational Capacity

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

10:40 AM - 11:40 AMCurry
Healthy Behaviors for Youth & Practitioners

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

10:40 AM - 11:40 AMSalon C
10:50 AM
Centering Youth in Youth Work

Essentials of Positive Youth Engagement, Day 1 and Beyond: Strategies for “Safety and Structure”

10:50 AM - 11:50 AMSalon G
11:45 AM

Exhibitor Tour

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM
12:05 PM

Networking Lunch

12:05 PM - 12:50 PM
01:00 PM
Centering Youth in Youth Work

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

01:00 PM - 02:00 PMSalon G
Partnership Development

Capitalizing on Volunteer Talents

01:00 PM - 02:00 PMSalon E
Organizational Capacity

I Almost Fell Asleep. Someone must be discussing Organizational Capacity

01:00 PM - 02:00 PMTubman

Making Your Non-Profit Profitable: Strategies for Organizational Viability

01:00 PM - 02:00 PMSalon C
02:10 PM
Programmatic Innovations

Reimagining Collective Impact Learning

02:10 PM - 03:10 PMKey
Organizational Capacity

How to Attract, Orient, and Retain High Quality Staff

02:10 PM - 03:10 PMCarroll
Healthy Behaviors for Youth & Practitioners

Treat Yourself: Self-Care Strategies for Practitioners

02:10 PM - 03:10 PMSalon E

Building a Healthy Environment for Out of School Programs

02:10 PM - 03:10 PMSalon G
03:20 PM
Equity & Inclusion

Cultural Competence in Your Changemaking

03:20 PM - 04:20 PMHenson
Programmatic Innovations

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

03:20 PM - 04:20 PMCarroll
Partnership Development

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

03:20 PM - 04:20 PMCurry
Healthy Behaviors for Youth & Practitioners

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

03:20 PM - 04:20 PM
06:00 PM

Partnership Reception

06:00 PM - 09:30 PM
$25.00
08:30 AM

Breakfast and Networking with Exhibitors

08:30 AM - 09:00 AM
09:40 AM
Centering Youth in Youth Work

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

09:40 AM - 10:40 AM
Programmatic Innovations

Building the Bridge to Careers through Out of School Time Programming

09:40 AM - 10:40 AMCurry

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

09:40 AM - 10:40 AMTubman
Partnership Development

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

09:40 AM - 10:40 AMSalon F
Healthy Behaviors for Youth & Practitioners

Leading Youth with Emotional Intelligence

09:40 AM - 10:40 AM
Advocacy & Organizing

Harnessing the Power of Mentorship: Mobilize, Activate, Invest

09:40 AM - 10:40 AMHenson
10:50 AM

Logic Models: Why, What, and How?

10:50 AM - 11:50 PM
10:50 AM
Partnership Development

Cross-Organizational Partnerships

10:50 AM - 11:50 AMTubman
Healthy Behaviors for Youth & Practitioners

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

10:50 AM - 11:50 AMSalon E
Equity & Inclusion

Adverse Childhood Experiences - Resilience and the Science of Hope

10:50 AM - 11:50 AMSalon D

“Together We’re Better” – Inclusive Campaign

10:50 AM - 11:50 AMCurry
Organizational Capacity

Navigate to Increased Impact with an Organizational GPS

10:50 AM - 11:50 AMHenson
12:00 PM

Exhibitor Tour

12:00 PM - 12:25 PM
12:30 PM

Lunch Plenary

12:30 PM - 02:00 PM
01:00 PM
Advocacy & Organizing

How to Use Collective Impact to Build a Strong Mentor Network

01:00 PM - 02:00 PMSalon F
02:10 PM
Equity & Inclusion

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

02:10 PM - 03:10 PMSalon F
02:10 PM
Centering Youth in Youth Work

Live Young Blood

02:10 PM - 03:25 PMSalon G

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

02:10 PM - 03:25 PMSalon F
Programmatic Innovations

Using Play-Based Strategies to Effectively Manage Groups

02:10 PM - 03:25 PMSalon E
Healthy Behaviors for Youth & Practitioners

Self Disclosure: Is it an Ethical Mistake or Intervention?

02:10 PM - 03:25 PMTubman

RISE UP: Resiliency in School Environments Understanding and Practice

02:10 PM - 03:25 PMHenson
Organizational Capacity

Teaching Tech for Non-Techies

02:10 PM - 03:25 PMCurry
03:20 PM
Organizational Capacity

Cypherworx

03:20 PM - 04:20 PMTubman
03:35 PM

Closing Session

03:35 PM - 04:05 PM
12:30 PM

Pre-Conference "Health is Wealth"

12:30 PM - 05:30 PM
$75.00
08:00 AM

Breakfast and Networking with Exhibitors

08:00 AM - 08:45 AM
09:00 AM

Opening Session

09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
09:40 AM
Equity & Inclusion

Creating Mentoring Programs that Meet the Needs of Immigrant Youth

09:40 AM - 10:40 AMSalon G
10:40 AM
Equity & Inclusion

Creating a Nurturing Space for Youth with Different Abilities

10:40 AM - 11:40 AMSalon F
Advocacy & Organizing

Suspending Justice: Promoting Equity in MD Schools

10:40 AM - 11:40 AMHenson
Centering Youth in Youth Work

Empowerment through Peer-to-Peer Programs

10:40 AM - 11:40 AMCaroll
Programmatic Innovations

KID Museum

10:40 AM - 11:40 AMKey
Partnership Development

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

10:40 AM - 11:40 AMTubman
Organizational Capacity

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

10:40 AM - 11:40 AMCurry
Healthy Behaviors for Youth & Practitioners

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

10:40 AM - 11:40 AMSalon C
10:50 AM
Centering Youth in Youth Work

Essentials of Positive Youth Engagement, Day 1 and Beyond: Strategies for “Safety and Structure”

10:50 AM - 11:50 AMSalon G
11:45 AM

Exhibitor Tour

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM
12:05 PM

Networking Lunch

12:05 PM - 12:50 PM
01:00 PM
Centering Youth in Youth Work

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

01:00 PM - 02:00 PMSalon G
Partnership Development

Capitalizing on Volunteer Talents

01:00 PM - 02:00 PMSalon E
Organizational Capacity

I Almost Fell Asleep. Someone must be discussing Organizational Capacity

01:00 PM - 02:00 PMTubman

Making Your Non-Profit Profitable: Strategies for Organizational Viability

01:00 PM - 02:00 PMSalon C
02:10 PM
Programmatic Innovations

Reimagining Collective Impact Learning

02:10 PM - 03:10 PMKey
Organizational Capacity

How to Attract, Orient, and Retain High Quality Staff

02:10 PM - 03:10 PMCarroll
Healthy Behaviors for Youth & Practitioners

Treat Yourself: Self-Care Strategies for Practitioners

02:10 PM - 03:10 PMSalon E

Building a Healthy Environment for Out of School Programs

02:10 PM - 03:10 PMSalon G
03:20 PM
Equity & Inclusion

Cultural Competence in Your Changemaking

03:20 PM - 04:20 PMHenson
Programmatic Innovations

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

03:20 PM - 04:20 PMCarroll
Partnership Development

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

03:20 PM - 04:20 PMCurry
Healthy Behaviors for Youth & Practitioners

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

03:20 PM - 04:20 PM
06:00 PM

Partnership Reception

06:00 PM - 09:30 PM
$25.00
08:30 AM

Breakfast and Networking with Exhibitors

08:30 AM - 09:00 AM
09:40 AM
Centering Youth in Youth Work

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

09:40 AM - 10:40 AM
Programmatic Innovations

Building the Bridge to Careers through Out of School Time Programming

09:40 AM - 10:40 AMCurry

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

09:40 AM - 10:40 AMTubman
Partnership Development

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

09:40 AM - 10:40 AMSalon F
Healthy Behaviors for Youth & Practitioners

Leading Youth with Emotional Intelligence

09:40 AM - 10:40 AM
Advocacy & Organizing

Harnessing the Power of Mentorship: Mobilize, Activate, Invest

09:40 AM - 10:40 AMHenson
10:50 AM

Logic Models: Why, What, and How?

10:50 AM - 11:50 PM
10:50 AM
Partnership Development

Cross-Organizational Partnerships

10:50 AM - 11:50 AMTubman
Healthy Behaviors for Youth & Practitioners

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

10:50 AM - 11:50 AMSalon E
Equity & Inclusion

Adverse Childhood Experiences - Resilience and the Science of Hope

10:50 AM - 11:50 AMSalon D

“Together We’re Better” – Inclusive Campaign

10:50 AM - 11:50 AMCurry
Organizational Capacity

Navigate to Increased Impact with an Organizational GPS

10:50 AM - 11:50 AMHenson
12:00 PM

Exhibitor Tour

12:00 PM - 12:25 PM
12:30 PM

Lunch Plenary

12:30 PM - 02:00 PM
01:00 PM
Advocacy & Organizing

How to Use Collective Impact to Build a Strong Mentor Network

01:00 PM - 02:00 PMSalon F
02:10 PM
Equity & Inclusion

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

02:10 PM - 03:10 PMSalon F
02:10 PM
Centering Youth in Youth Work

Live Young Blood

02:10 PM - 03:25 PMSalon G

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

02:10 PM - 03:25 PMSalon F
Programmatic Innovations

Using Play-Based Strategies to Effectively Manage Groups

02:10 PM - 03:25 PMSalon E
Healthy Behaviors for Youth & Practitioners

Self Disclosure: Is it an Ethical Mistake or Intervention?

02:10 PM - 03:25 PMTubman

RISE UP: Resiliency in School Environments Understanding and Practice

02:10 PM - 03:25 PMHenson
Organizational Capacity

Teaching Tech for Non-Techies

02:10 PM - 03:25 PMCurry
03:20 PM
Organizational Capacity

Cypherworx

03:20 PM - 04:20 PMTubman
03:35 PM

Closing Session

03:35 PM - 04:05 PM

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