2021 RHY National Grantee Training

People walking on colorful pathways


Welcome to the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) and the Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC) 2021 Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) National Grantee Training. This year's event will be held virtually from November 16-18, 2021, between 12pm - 6pm ET, with a Welcome Reception on November 15th beginning at 12pm ET. The RHY National Grantee Training is no-cost to FYSB RHY Grantees and youth-serving organizations.

Through the RHY Program, FYSB supports street outreach, emergency shelters and longer-term transitional living and maternity group home programs to serve young people experiencing runaway or homeless situations. We anticipate over 1,200 attendees seeking to improve their approaches to program implementation, strengthen community partnerships, connect with federal staff, and network with other grantees. This event provides an opportunity to share knowledge, experiences, and innovation to pursue the common goal of providing effective, culturally responsive and trauma informed services to youth and young adults experiencing homelessness.

Theme

Brighter Futures: Strengthening Pathways for Youth Success" is the theme for the 2021 Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) National Grantee Training.  

Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) programs have always adapted and strengthened pathways for the youth they serve by developing innovative ways to address trauma and providing services that lead to youth success. This is particularly true as we continue through and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) and the Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC) 2021 RHY National Grantee Training will expand understanding and show how different pathways, and supportive connections all lead to brighter futures. 

Speakers

Dr. L.J. Punch will provide the opening plenary presentation. Dr. Punch will weave together the themes of gun violence, COVID, homelessness, and opioids with experiences working directly with their community and youth during the last several years of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a trained trauma surgeon, whose work has moved outside the walls of the hospital, he will speak about the power of community partnerships and how to build equitable systems of care that can address trauma and resiliency.

The closing plenary speaker is Dr. Joi Lewis. Together, we will hold space to compassionately sit with our grief, as we interrupt the effects of toxic stress and trauma experienced in our everyday lives, and practice ways to still cultivate joy. Dr. Joi will use the Orange Method (OM) framework, which is grounded in the deep concept of Healing Justice to invite, inspire, explore, and unpack the practice of Radical Self-Care. She will use poetry, song, and stories to illuminate how individuals and institutions transform against the backdrop of oppression-induced toxic stress and trauma.

To learn more about our keynote speakers, visit our Speakers page

Spark Stories

Check out these Spark Stories, topical 10-minute inspiring talks to spark Conversational Networking discussion in the 1:1 Networking tab, or self-guided reflection. 

  • Expanding Binary Thinking for LGBTQ+ Youth Housing Justice; Dr. Jama SheltonAssistant Professor at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College 
  • Beats, Breaks & BalanceAisha FukushimaRAPtivism 

Welcome Reception - Monday, November 15th 

Kick off the 2021 RHY National Grantee Training with us during a Welcome Reception on Monday, November 15th from 12:00-1:00 PM ET. Join your colleagues and attendees for a fun and interactive opening reception.

Don’t miss the opportunity to engage with RHY Grantees, youth-serving organizations, and youth and young adults (YYA) in our Artistic Expression Displays where participants will share their stories of innovation, inspiration, and reflection.*

Registration

The 2021 RHY National Grantee Training will be held virtually Tuesday, November 16th - Thursday, November 18th. The RHY National Grantee Training is no-cost to FYSB RHY Grantees, and youth-serving organizations. This year’s national training will feature three mainstage plenary sessions, 20 workshops, two Spark Story and Conversational Networking opportunities, and two region-specific networking sessions.

This event provides a significant opportunity for participants to come together to share knowledge, experiences, and creativity in order to pursue the common goal of providing effective services to runaway and homeless youth across the country.

Young adult leaders are welcome to attend - please share this opportunity with youth and young adults at your agency and in your network!

You can attend any of the General, Workshop, and Networking Sessions throughout the three days of virtual training. You will not be asked to pre-select Workshop Sessions.

All FYSB RHY Grantees should plan for at least one representative to attend. Don’t miss the opportunity to engage with other RHY Grantees, youth-serving organizations, and youth and young adults.

To register, click the link below. Then click "Join Event" to register by either:

  • Logging in using your existing Hopin Profile, or 
  • Creating a Hopin Profile.

Note: You will only need to complete the above steps once. The next time you click the Hopin link, click "Log In" in the upper right corner to log in and join the event. 

Register for the 2021 RHY National Grantee Training

Schedule at a Glance

Event Times/Sessions are subject to change

Monday, November 15th - Welcome to the 2021 RHY National Grantee Training

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET                       Welcome  Reception, featuring

Youth & Young Adult Artistic Expression Displays* & Provider Expression Displays – Live Discussions

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET                                                    

Youth & Young Adult (YYA) Welcome & Orientation*                  

  
Explore the Welcome Activities
 

Tuesday, November 16th - National Training Day One

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM ET

Exhibitor Live Discussions

T/TA & RHY-HMIS Consultations                                                       

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM ET Plenary Session: Opening Keynote
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET Break
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM ET Workshop Session 1 
3:45 PM - 4:15 PM ET Break
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM ET Workshop Session 2 
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM ET T/TA & RHY-HMIS Consultations 
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM ET                        Break
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM ET                       

Regional Networking Meetings (RHY Grantees only)
• Region VII - MO, IA, NE, KS
• Region IX - CA, NV, AZ, HI, AS, Mariana, Micronesia, Guam, Palau, Marshall I
• Region X - AK, WA, OR, ID

 
Explore Day One Activities

 

Wednesday, November 17th - National Training Day Two

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM ET

Exhibitor Live Discussions

T/TA & RHY-HMIS Consultations 

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM ET

Regional Networking Meetings (RHY Grantees only)
• Region I - VT, NH, ME, MA, RI, CT
• Region III - PA, WV, VA, MD, DC, DE
• Region IV - GA, AL, NC, SC, KY, TN, MS, FL
• Region VIII - MT, ND, SD, WY, CO, UT

Youth & Young Adult Kickback (YYA under age 26 only)*
1:30 PM - 1:45 PM ET Break
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM ET Workshop Session 3 
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM ET Break
3:15 PM - 3:45 PM ET Spark Story/Conversational 1:1 Networking                                     
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM ET

Break

T/TA & RHY-HMIS Consultations 

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM ET                        Plenary Session: General Federal Session
5:15 PM - 6:00 PM ET T/TA & RHY-HMIS Consultations 
 
Explore Day Two Activities

 

Thursday, November 18th - National Training Day Three

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM ET

Exhibitor Live Discussions

T/TA & RHY-HMIS Consultations 

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM ET

Regional Networking Meetings
• Region II - NY, NJ, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
• Region V - MN, MI, IL, WI, OH, IN
• Region VI - NM, TX, OK, AR, LA

Youth & Young Adult Kickback (YYA under age 26 only)*

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM ET Break
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM ET Workshop Session 4 
3:15 PM - 3:45 PM ET Break

3:45 PM - 5:30 PM ET

Plenary Session: Closing Keynote                
 Explore Day Three Activities

 

National Training Information

Meet the FYSB RHY Staff, RHY Provider Network, and Action for Impact Team who contributed to the 2021 RHY National Grantee Training, as well as learn more about our virtual event platform, Hopin. Click here to learn more

Support

For questions regarding the 2021 RHY National Grantee Training, please reach out to RHYTTAC at [email protected]

 

*For the purposes of this event, Youth and Young Adults are anyone under 26 years of age and may include participants or recent alumni of RHY programs or other youth-serving programs.