2020 National RHY Grantees Training Recap

“Building Futures of Hope for RHY" was the theme of the 2020 National Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) Grantees Training. This virtual event was held November 17 - 19, 2020 with over 1500 participants! 

2020 was a year like no other for RHY programs and the youth they serve. In dealing with the impact of a pandemic, natural disasters, and community unrest – RHY programs have developed innovative ways to address the trauma, continue services, and reach vulnerable youth. RHY programs partner with youth to build hope and work toward positive futures. The 2020 National RHY Grantees Training promoted promising practices and evidence-informed responses to trauma.


Dr. Chan Hellman provided the opening plenary presentation. Dr. Hellman is the founding director of the Hope Research Center and Professor at the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work of the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Hellman spoke on the science and power of hope, and on collaborating to develop “hope centered organizations.”

Dr. Gloria Burgess was the closing plenary speaker. Dr. Burgess is a leadership expert. An inspirational speaker, best-selling author, and acclaimed poet, she is also an educator, trusted advisor, executive coach, and mentor. Drawing on 30+ years in leadership, systems transformation, and artistic mastery, Dr. Burgess’ focus is singular: Individual and collective transformation.

To learn more about our keynotes speakers, visit our Speakers page.

Recordings in eLearning

Workshop and Plenary Sessions from the 2021 Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) National Grantee Training are now available in the RHYTTAC eLearning!

Be sure to first log into eLearning and then access these sessions in eLearning by searching “RHYCONF20”.

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Schedule at a Glance

Below in the National Training daily schedule are links to details about each day's sessions, recordings of Federal Sessions, and workshop presentations. 

Monday, November 16 - Pre-Institute Day 

12:00 p.m. National Training Information Center & Exhibits Open
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Motivational Interviewing for Youth Work: More Than Just a Clinical Tool
1:00 p.m. - 2:10 p.m. New RHY Grantee Orientation (Q&A)
2:30 p.m. - 3:40 p.m. Grants Management for RHY Grantees
4:00 p.m. - 5:10 p.m. Introduction to RHY-HMIS Platform


Tuesday, November 17 - National Training Day One  

12:00 p.m. National Training Information Center & Exhibits Open
1:00 p.m. - 2:40 p.m. General Session: Opening Keynote
3:00 p.m. - 4:10 p.m. Workshop Session I
4:30 p.m. - 5:40 p.m. Workshop Session II
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Consultations (RHY T/TA and RHY-HMIS)
5:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Virtual Networking (4 RHY Program Types)
5:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Youth & Young Adult Networking (Intentional Space for Young Leaders)


 Wednesday, November 18 - National Training Day Two

11:00 a.m.  National Training Information Center & Exhibits Open
12:00 p.m. - 12:50 p.m. Virtual Self-Care Activity
1:00 p.m. - 2:10 p.m. Workshop Session III
2:30 p.m. - 3:40 p.m. Workshop Session IV
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  General Federal Session
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Consultations (RHY T/TA and RHY-HMIS)
5:10 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Virtual Networking


 Thursday, November 19 - National Training Day Three 

11:00 a.m.  National Training Information Center & Exhibits Open
1:00 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.  Regional Meetings
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. General Session: FYSB RHY Artistic Expression Contest Award & Closing Keynote