National Conference

Registration is now open for the 2014 National Runaway and Homeless Youth Grantees Conference! 

The conference registration deadline is November 1, 2014 and the Hotel reservation deadline is October 17.  Registration Link: 

Please note that there is a nominal registration fee for this event, and you must register by the deadline to ensure that you have name badge, materials and access to sessions.  Conference check-in occurs Monday, November 10th from 11am – 8pm and runs through Tuesday, Nov. 11 until 5:00pm.

Let others know you are coming!  Visit us on Facebook at and "Join" the upcoming event created for the conference.  You can also follow conference updates with the hashtag #RHYConference2014!

Hotel Reservations:
This year’s conference will be held at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak.  The all suite property has a discounted rate of $99 and night, single or double.  Parking on property is free and there will be complementary shuttle service from the airport on November 10 and to the airport on November 13. There is a water park as well as swimming pool, playground, and miniature golf included.  This is a green hotel and a participant in National Human Trafficking Prevention Initiatives.  The link for hotel reservations is

Each organization having an RHY grant from FYSB will be eligible for a travel stipend to attend this conference. The stipend amount is up to $600 per organization regardless of the number of RHY grants received by the organization. The details, instructions and the form for the stipend will be available on-site at the conference. Please note:  Participants must be present for the entire conference to obtain the stipend.

RHYA 40th Anniversary Celebration:
Celebrate with us! This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act!
We are planning to put together a tribute that will highlight some of the wonderful memories you have created since the RHY Act was signed in 1974. We also would like to share what your dreams are for the next 40 years. Your organization can be a part of this celebration by submitting your story. Learn more at:  You can follow celebration updates by using hashtag #RHYA40!

Sponsor, Exhibit and/or Advertise:
Registration is currently open to those who would like to Sponsor, Exhibit, and/or Advertise. Space is limited this year and registrations are coming in quickly.  To learn more about these opportunities, please visit: or contact Elizabeth Smith Miller, Communications Coordinator, at  You may register now at:

Conference Sessions:
The National  RHY Grantees Conference will be held November 11 – 13 in Phoenix, Arizona.  All RHY Grantees are encouraged to send a minimum of one participant from each organization. You may view the Schedule at a Glance below, as well as download the document here:  

To learn more about the Pre-Conference Institute Trainings being provided at the 2014 RHY Grantees Conference, you may visit:

To learn more about the Workshops being provided at the 2014 RHY Grantees Conference, you may visit:

To learn more about the Roundtable Discussions being provided at the 2014 RHY Grantees Conference, you may visit:

Off-Site learning opportunities: We're pleased to offer 2 optional site visits this year.  The first site visit is to Tumbleweed Center For Youth Development (RHY grantee).  Learn more about Tumbleweed at  This site visit is sponsored by True Colors Fund (

The second site visit,The Heard Museum of American Indian Art and History ( will be available on a first come, first served basis at registration.  There is a $16 per person charge for the Heard Museum which includes a guided tour and is payable in cash at the time of sign up.  On-site registration begins on November 10 at 11 a.m.

This year's conference will feature:

Please note that workshops are subject to change

Monday, Nov. 10

11:00am -8:00pm             Conference Registration
1:00pm – 5:00pm             Pre-Conference Institutes

·         Advanced Human Trafficking: Successful Intervention Strategies From the RHY Field

·         Understanding Evidence Based Practice and Research Basics

·         Rural Focus Issues

Tuesday, Nov. 11

7:30am - 5:00pm               Conference Registration – Exhibits Open
8:00am – 9:00am              Continental Breakfast

                Roundtable Sessions: A facilitated sharing of issues, challenges, promising and best practices (Optional Participation)

·         Staff and Staffing Issues

·         Harm Reduction and Substance Abuse

·         Host Home Affinity Group

·         Family Engagement Issues and Strategies

·         Fatherhood Issues in TLP and MGH

·         Repairing and Enhancing Community and Neighborhood Relations

·         New Grantees Q and A- Meet Your RHYTTAC TA Team

·         Executive Management Critical Issues

9:00am - 10:30am             Opening Plenary – Welcome

·         Speaker- Mark Greenberg, Acting Assistant Secretary, Administration for Children and Families

·         Native American Welcome Ceremony Phoenix Oyate Singers

·         Recognition of Veterans Day, Veterans Appreciation event with Color Guard From Fort McDowell Veterans Association

10:45am - 12:15pm          Workshop Session I

·         Restorative Parenting: Advanced Application and Program Integration

·         The Nightmare of Systems: The Challenges of Street Youth Receiving Services in Bureaucracy

·         It Starts Here: Encouraging Healthy Transistions and Long Term Preventative Care by Engaging the Parents of RHY

·         A Long Way from Home: Exploring Unconventional Methods for Delivering Mental Health Services to Runaway and Homeless Teens

·         "Take a Closer Look" : Bellefaire JCB's Campaign to Impact the Community's Level of Empathy for RHY

·         Transgender youth: Understanding and Addressing Systemic Barriers to Create Inclusive Spaces

·         Bullying: Beyond School Grounds

·         Creating Sustainable Funding for Your Runaway and Homeless Youth Organization

·         Emergency Preparedness Panel

·         Federal Session  - TBD

12:15pm - 1:45pm            Lunch Break (on your own)

1:45pm - 3:15pm              General Federal Session (General RHY updates and Q & A)-

3:30pm - 5:00pm              Workshop Session II – Regional Meetings With Federal Project Officers

6:00pm – 8:00pm             40th Anniversary of RHYA Celebration – Outside Celebration on the Grounds of the Hotel

·         Musical Presentation by Valley Youth House youth, Ms. Kayla Avitable

·         National Runaway Prevention Month Candlelight Vigil

Wednesday, Nov 12

8:00am - 9:00am               Continental Breakfast – Anniversary Videos

                Poster board Session – Data, Evidence Based Practices and Promising Initiatives

9:00am - 10:30am             Workshop Session III

·         Developing your Board for Better Governance and Mission Engagement

·         Youth Artist in Residence as an Effective Therapeutic PYD Model

·         Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking: Assessing and Reducing Risk

·         Understanding Rural Outreach and Host Home Services

·         "I Can Relate to This:" Culturally Effective Programs for Minority Youth

·         Employer Engagement: Sending an Effective Message to Employers about Young People as Job Candidates

·         Becoming a Data-Driven Organization--Lessons from Larkin Street

·         Community Collaborations to End Homelessness for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care and LGBTQ Youth

·         Federal Session (TBD)

·         Federal Session (TBD)

10:45am - 12:15pm          Workshop Session IV

·         RHY 101 Monitoring RHY Programs

·         The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Youth

·         Empowerment Through Elimination of Legal Obstacles to Success

·         How to support parents and teens using a Prevention and Aftercare Model

·         Mobile Empowerment For Homeless Youth

·         Building Sustainable Programs

·         The National Runaway Safeline 24/7: What we do, and how we do it!

·         Preventing LGBT Youth Homelessness: Early Reports From a New Pilot Initiative

·         Federal Session (TBD)

·         Federal Session (TBD)

12:15pm - 1:45pm            Luncheon – Mural Winner Presentation  Keynote Session

2:00pm – 5:00pm             Optional Site Visits

1.       RHY Programs in Action – Visit to Tumbleweed (Bus 1) - Sponsored by: True Colors Fund

RHY Programs in Action – Visit to Tumbleweed (Bus 2) - Sponsored by: True Colors Fund

2.       Heard Museum (Charge of $16 tickets) – Native American Art and History

2:00pm – 3:30 pm            Workshop Series V

·         Outreach to RHY involved in Human Trafficking

·         Brain-Based Youth Programming

·         Daybreak: New Horizons in TLP Services and Collaboration

·         Beyond Basic Needs: Providing Mental Health Services in an Overnight Youth Shelter

·         Strength-Based Approaches to Facilitate Movement from Entitlement toward Empowerment

·         Connecting Homeless Youth with Services: Harm Reduction as a Key

·         Tomorrow is a New Day!  Offering Hope For Change With Evidence-Based Programming

3:45pm - 5:15pm              Workshop Session VI

·         Triage to Triumph

·         Making the Best of Stress through Breath, Meditation and Movement

·         Integrating a Permanency Practice Model for Transition Aged Youth

·         Don’t Train Your Leaders -  Develop Them

·         Trauma Informed Care - What's the Brain Got to Do with It?

·         Multi-Cultural Challenges: Meeting the Needs of New And Changing Populations

·         Working Across Community Sectors: Partnering with the Criminal Justice System to Meet the Needs of Homeless Youth

Thursday, Nov. 13

9:00 - 11:00am                   Closing Session – Matt D’Arrigo and Youth from ARTS, A Reason To Survive

                Annual Banner Signing