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

Ronald
Villalobos

Adriane Alicea
Director of Government Relations - MENTOR: National Mentoring Partnership

Jeffrey Kranzler
Founder, Leaf Mentoring

Randy Norris
Baltimore Intersection

Brandon Johns
Executive Director, M.A.N.U.P.

Juanita M. Greenfield
Blesid Consulting

Event Sponsors

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

Grant Writing Intensive and Wellness Playground. Wellness Playground includes: Relax, unwind and be inspired! Join us for 3 hours of self-care and mindfulness to get grounded in advance of the conference and walk away with wellness tools to integrate into your daily life. Hour 1 – Mindfulness: Participants will be introduced to the concept of Mindfulness, its power and associated techniques. Hour 2 - Yoga: Beginner's yoga instruction from Black Male Yoga Initiative yoga teacher, Brian Furr. Participants will learn basic yoga techniques. Hour 3 - Healthy Food: Participants will enjoy a hearty meal of quality vegan cuisine with multiple options.

06:00 PM
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08:00 PM

Happy Hour Welcome Gathering

$0.00

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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11:55 AM
Track : Equity & Inclusion

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

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.

Jenn

Ronald

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!)

Michelle Kaufman

Albert Casella

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

12:05 PM
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01:20 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

Track : Programmatic Innovations

Logic Models: Why, What, and How?

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

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.

Jeannette Simon

Jaquia Bridges

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

01:30 PM
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02:15 PM
02:25 PM
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03:40 PM
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

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.

Sally Munemitsu

Randy Norris

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

03:50 PM
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05:05 PM
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

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

06:00 PM
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09:00 PM

Partnership Reception

$50.00

07:00 AM
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08:00 AM
08:30 AM
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09:00 AM

Breakfast and Networking with Exhibitors

$0.00

09:40 AM
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10:55 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

Michael Brush

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

11:20 AM
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12:35 PM
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.

Lasey 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.

Julia Gabor

Jeffrey Jordan

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

12:45 PM
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02:15 PM
02:20 PM
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03:35 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 E 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.

Olivia Klein

Danielle Marshall

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 : 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

11:20 PM
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12:35 PM
Track : Centering Youth in Youth Work

Creating Space for Resilience: Immigrant Youth Led Leadership Development

In this workshop, the presenters will share a leadership development out-of-school-time program that draws heavily on the emergent field of youth-led participatory action research (YPAR). This framework has been shown to increase youth agency and self-efficacy. The programming has been adapted by the staff of the Identify-managed Wheaton High School Wellness Center and a teaching artist to address the experiences of trauma and support resilience in recently arrived Latino immigrant high school-aged youth dealing with ACES. Through oral histories, photography and role playing activities, students explore the rapid redevelopment of their neighborhood. Examining issues impacting the residents, businesses and environment, youth exercise new leadership skills including project planning, interviewing, facilitating, problem solving, sharing and taking action. The process of discovering and documenting their new community deepens their connection to it.

Mirna Newman

Joanne Miller