2021 RHY National Grantee Training Call for Presenters

The Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC) welcomes proposals for the 2021 Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) National Grantee Training.

The RHY National Grantee Training is an annual event featuring training opportunities, networking, and workshops for Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) funded RHY grantees and members of the youth services field including youth and young adults.

We anticipate over 1,200 attendees seeking to learn new and innovative strategies for integrating and implementing RHY programming into community-based programs, opportunities for participants to connect with federal staff, and network with other grantees. This event provides an opportunity to share knowledge, experiences, and creativity to pursue the common goal of providing effective and culturally responsive services to young people experiencing homelessness.

This year’s theme is Brighter Futures: Strengthening Pathways for Youth Success!

This year, the 2021 RHY National Grantee Training will be held virtually allowing flexibility and accessibility for both attendees and presenters alike. The virtual event will take place November 16-18, 2021 between 12pm - 6pm ET. The Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC) welcomes proposals from enthusiastic presenters that align with the following objectives:

  • Learn strategies to identify the unique contexts and environments in which we work to enhance outcomes for RHY grantee programs and the youth they serve
  • Develop and strengthen partnerships with colleagues in the field of youth homelessness

Who should consider presenting?

  • RHY Grantees
  • Youth and Young Adults
  • Community leaders
  • System leaders (juvenile justice, child welfare, mental health care)
  • Researchers
  • Educators
  • Advocates
  • YOU!

Suggested Topics

  • Culturally Responsive Programming for LGBTQ Youth and Youth of Color: Building programs and services that support equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Prevention: Approaches that reduce the number of youth who experience homelessness and roles that RHY grantees can play at different levels of prevention in collaboration with other institutions 
  • Innovative Practices: New approaches that support positive outcomes for youth and young adults and enhanced program operations
  • Evidence-based Practices: Program models and approaches proven effective through research in improving outcomes for homeless youth 
  • Systems-Partnerships: Building resources and relationships across youth-serving systems such as child welfare, juvenile justice, education, mental health, etc., and coordinated community approaches to preventing and ending youth homelessness
  • Social and Emotional Well-being: How communities, organizations and programs can share resources to promote health and well-being among RHY youth
  • Permanent Connections: Strategies to enhance attachments to families, communities, schools, and other positive social networks
  • Education and Employment: Programs and strategies that provide high quality education and employment services for runaway and homeless youth
  • Safe and Stable Housing: Programs and strategies with a focus on providing a safe and reliable place to call home
  • Core Competency Skill Development: Building skills to enhance programs, service provision and partnership in the field of youth services such as trauma-informed care, harm reduction and Positive Youth Development (PYD) 
  • Authentic Youth Collaboration: Using a PYD framework to engage young people in meaningful leadership roles 
  • Preventing/Addressing Human Trafficking: Integrating strategies to prevent and address human trafficking among homeless youth 
  • Juvenile Justice and Youth Homelessness: Data, programs and strategies that address the intersection of juvenile justice and youth homelessness
  • Emergency Planning: Strategies and models to effectively respond to public health emergencies such as COVID-19, natural disasters or other emergencies
  • Sustainability: Strategies and models for ensuring program success beyond federal funding
  • Additional Topics: Other areas or topics that support or enhance effective design, implementation of services to runaway and homeless youth

Content may be delivered in two ways at the National Training, and beyond*:

  • 75-minute workshop session
  • 10-minute TEDx style talks

**All submissions regardless of final selection may be invited to present in additional RHYTTAC TTA events including webinars, TA Cafes, or recorded as an eLearning module.

As a presenter, you will receive:

  • Constructive feedback on your slides and presentation
  • Training on the Hopin platform
  • Rehearsal time in Hopin
  • Participant evaluation of your session
  • Listing in the Digital Program

The August 20th deadline has passed but additional submissions may be reviewed and contacted for additional training opportunities.

Please read the following guidance and submit your application online. Contact [email protected] with any questions.

Here is what you need for a successful proposal:

Proposal Criteria

1. Identify Panel Members

We encourage a diverse team of 1-3 presenters including a youth and young adult presenter for panel presentations. If you are unable to include a youth or young adult presenter, please share the ways in which youth and young adults have contributed to the development of the presentation content or topic.

Submit a biography for each presenter that demonstrates their expertise on the topic. Biographies should be between 50 and 75 words and in third-person voice. Biographies will be used for workshop presenter introductions.

For example:
Diamond is a graduate from the University of North Florida with a Bachelors of Art in Anthropology. She worked as a Street Outreach Worker in her hometown of Key West, Florida. With expertise in human trafficking, suicidality, trauma-informed care, and related areas, her aims are to support youth who are diligently working to understand the messiness of life. As a Youth Catalyst Team consultant, Diamond works to expand her knowledge, and continue promoting youth as catalysts of change.

2. Summary, Learning Objectives, Title and Format:

Provide details of your session including a working title, summary, learning objectives, and session type.

Presentations should address at least one of the RHY Program’s four core outcome areas or new and innovative, research-based, and evidence-informed approaches to prevention, intervention, and aftercare.

The four core outcomes areas include:

  1. Safe and stable housing – assuring safe, stable housing for youth that is sustainable over time; 
  2. Permanent connections – establishing lasting social and community supports through connections with healthy, positive role models, mentors, and peers; 
  3. Education and/or employment – completing formal education and training that supports the acquisition of jobs paying a living wage and the development of career paths; 
  4. Social-emotional well-being – enhancing well-being in relation to positive interpersonal and intrapersonal functioning, e.g., problem severity, hopefulness, and satisfaction. 

Presentations should be consistent with the theoretical frameworks and/or perspectives identified by the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) to assist youth in building protective factors to overcome past adverse experiences, including positive youth development, trauma-informed care, evidence-informed practices, social support, relationship capacity building, and cultural responsiveness. Additional priorities include content focused on LGBTQ youth, racial equity, prevention, and systems-partnerships. Presentations must provide meaningful examples of practical application of the workshop topic. All presentations should also demonstrate connectivity with research and established policy.

3. Audience and Level:

Presentations should support the needs of youth service professionals serving young people experiencing homelessness. Please provide a rationale explaining how the training applies to RHY grant programs and/or youth-serving professionals. 

My session will benefit:

  1. All FYSB RHY Programs
  2. Street Outreach Program (SOP) 
  3. Basic Center Program (BCP) 
  4. Transitional Living Program (TLP) 
  5. Maternity Group Home (MGH) 
  6. Systems and Community Partners (e.g. child welfare, justice, education, behavioral health)
  7. Youth and Young Adults
  8. Other

Content will be most appropriate for this level of audience:

  1. People new to the topic (Introductory)
  2. People experienced with the topic (Advanced) 
  3. Everyone (All levels of knowledge)

4. Engaging Outline:

Submit an outline that shows the structure of your session and how it will incorporate attendee participation. Examples include using polls, chat prompts, discussion (participants on video), reflection exercises, or other activities. Breakout groups are not available for workshop or TEDx style sessions.

5. Presentation Slides:

Submit a slide deck according to the following guidelines to ensure the best viewing experience for the attendees in the Hopin platform.

  1. Use either MS PowerPoint or Google Slides
  2. Use widescreen size (16:9 aspect ratio). Please note that changing slide size from 4:3 to 16:9 will distort graphics and text, so it is very important to choose 16:9 in advance of creating your slides.
    1. For PowerPoint, this can be found in Design > Slide Size.
    2. For Google Slides, this can be found in File > Page Setup.
  3. If using videos in your slides, include as YouTube links for maximum quality (do not embed).
  4. Ensure font size of 20 or larger

Presenter Criteria/Agreement

Selected presenters for the 2021 RHY National Grantee Training must agree to: 

  1. Provide documentation of expertise and educational credentials demonstrating their capacity and knowledge about the workshop topic, as requested.
  2. Ensure approval from their agency/organization to present the proposed content during the 2021 National RHY Grantee Training (if applicable).
  3. Submit content, presentations and supporting materials for review and approval by FYSB to ensure content is appropriate and aligned with the event’s objectives by the established deadline. 
  4. Submit final 508-compliant PowerPoint and materials within three weeks of notification of acceptance for review and approval. 
  5. Review the on-demand “Presenter Training Webinar” which will be available in Fall 2021.
  6. Deliver a 75-minute workshop presentation (this includes content and questions), a plenary session or 10-minute TEDx style talk during the 2021 RHY National Grantee Training. The presentation must be consistent with the summary and outline submitted as well as address all stated objectives.
  7. Be named/featured on the RHYTTAC website(s) and/or the national training program.
  8. Sign a still/motion release form for the presenter and any co-presenter(s). This will permit RHYTTAC to take photos/moving images of the presenter(s) in digital and print forms and display them on the RHYTTAC and FYSB websites for promotional purposes.
  9. Agree that any content, resources, or curricula presented in the workshops must be accessible to all attendees for no additional cost. Language or content designed to encourage grantees to purchase additional access to consultations or products is prohibited.
  10. Respond to any follow-up information requests within 72 hours and be communicative regarding any changes in availability.
  11. Allow your presentation to be made publicly available via the RHYTTAC eLearning site and RHYTTAC website.

Proposal Evaluation - (Based on a 100-point system)

Proposals will be reviewed and evaluated the National Grantee Training Planning Committee, consisting of a team of young adults, RHYTTAC staff, RHY providers, and RHY federal program staff. We strive to create a balanced and representative group of topics, levels, presenters, and presentation styles that will meet the training needs of the participants.

Complete proposals will be scored on the following criteria:

  • Applicability to RHY grantee programs (0-10 points)
  • Grounded in research and/or evidence-based practice (0-10 points)
  • Connection to at least one of the four core outcomes (0-5 points)
  • Alignment with an in-demand TTA topic and FYSB Priorities (0-15 points)
  • Presenter panel composition (experience, credentials, diversity, young adult presenter 0-25 points)
  • Presentation materials are clear and engaging (0-25 points)
  • Other elements e.g. creativity, urgency of the topic, innovation (0-10 points)

Proposal Submission

  1. Submit your proposal online HERE
  2. Once completed, a confirmation notice will be sent. If a confirmation notice is not received, this means the application has not been processed. Please contact the RHYTTAC at [email protected].
  3. Completed proposals, including all required criteria, must be received no later than Friday, August 20, 2021. The deadline has passed but additional submissions may be reviewed and contacted for additional training opportunities. 
  4. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact [email protected].

Additional web-based materials to guide submissions: