Call for Presenters: 2024 RHY National Grantee Training

2024 RHY National Grantee Training
Call for Presenters

The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) Program, and the Runaway and Homeless Youth Training, Technical Assistance, and Capacity Building Center (RHYTTAC) are now accepting proposals for presentations at the 2024 Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) National Grantee Training.

The deadline for proposals is Friday, August 2, 2024.
Please click on the link at the bottom of this webpage to
submit your workshop proposal today. 

RHYTTAC welcomes proposals from enthusiastic presenters that align with the following objectives:  

  • Learn strategies and develop collaborative solutions to enhance outcomes for RHY grant recipients and youth in the four core outcome areas (safe/stable housing, permanent connections, education/employment, emotional/social wellbeing). 
  • Highlight evidence-based, evidence-informed, and innovative and promising practices from the field to enhance outcomes for youth and young adults. 
  • Discuss approaches and practices that support authentic partnership with youth and young adults and incorporate their lived experience, expertise, and leadership skills in program development. 
  • Develop and strengthen partnerships with colleagues in the field of youth homelessness. 
  • Develop skills to enhance cross systems collaboration to address the multiple service needs of youth and young adults in RHY programs. 
  • Discuss and embrace systemic change to strengthen the field of youth homelessness. 
  • Approaches and practices that support authentic partnership with youth and young adults and incorporate their lived experience, expertise, and leadership skills in program development. 

Who should consider presenting: 

  • RHY Grantee Recipients  
  • Youth and Young Adults   
  • Community/National Organizations   
  • System Leaders (juvenile justice, child welfare, behavioral health care)   
  • Licensed Social Workers/Counselors 
  • Researchers   
  • Educators   
  • Advocates   

Presentation Format: 

  • Length: 90-minutes  
  • Audiovisual (A/V) Support: While completing the application, you will be asked to indicate your A/V needs from the standard available equipment: screen, projector, Wi-Fi, slide advancer, microphone, a laptop loaded with the presentation, the ability to play audio, and limited A/V support. 
  • Additional Materials: Along with the slide deck, presenters have the option to provide additional digital handouts, resources, etc. as supplements for attendees. These additional materials will be uploaded into the event app to access during and following the workshop. 

Prioritized Topics Include:  

Innovative Leadership Practices 

  • Promoting Systems Change: Building initiatives across youth-serving systems such as child welfare, juvenile justice, education, and mental health, along with coordinated community approaches to preventing and ending youth homelessness  
  • Community-Based Collaboration: Developing strategies that increase a collaborative approach to utilizing community resources and developing cross-system solutions to youth homelessness 
  • Promising Practices in Data Collection, and Evaluation: Considerations for how and why data are collected, protected, analyzed, and reported in addition to the impact of data extraction on marginalized communities 
  • Program Stability and Growth: Strategies and models for improving staff retention (organizational culture, hiring, compensation, professional development), innovating service delivery, and ensuring program success  

Core Outcomes 

  • Education or Employment: Modern adaptations in a post-pandemic era that provide high-quality education and employment services for youth in RHY programs 
  • Permanent Connections: Indicators and strategies to build long-lasting relationships and networks of support for youth 
  • Safe and Stable Housing: Programs and strategies (including host homes, family and natural supports, etc.) that outline the key elements and operationalizing of safe and stable housing  
  • Social and Emotional Well-being: How communities, organizations, and programs can share resources to promote health, healing, and well-being among youth in RHY programs 

Program Strategies 

  • Aftercare: Strategies to meaningfully support youth beyond program engagement where collaboration with community partners expand capacity and support youth more holistically 
  • Case Management: Strengthening case management models and practices utilizing information from assessment and input from youth receiving services 
  • Harm Reduction: Evidence-based approaches that incorporate community-driven strategies to reduce risk center youth agency to increase safety in services  
  • Human Trafficking: Integrating strategies to prevent and address human trafficking among youth experiencing homelessness  
  • Outreach: Strategies that coordinate activities with other organizations to increase education and awareness and connect eligible youth to services 
  • Trauma-Informed Approaches: Understanding and responding to the symptoms of trauma among youth and staff and prevention of re-traumatization 
  • 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  
  • Positive Youth Development: A strengths-based approach that emphasizes youth’s self-determination and strengths, and provides a meaningful framework to consistently support youth 
  • Screening and Assessment: Building knowledge to determine youth’s eligibility for services and to identify needs to provide appropriate services 
  • Worker Safety: Developing practices to increase the safety and well-being of workers 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

  • Authentic Youth Leadership/Youth Action Boards: Using a PYD framework to engage young people in meaningful leadership roles   
  • Cultural Responsiveness: From passive inclusion to active celebration, building programs and services that create safe and inclusive spaces and services for BIPOC, LGBTQIA2S+, youth, youth with disabilities, and indigenous youth, and are inclusive of language access needs  
  • Ensuring Equity: Addressing disparities related to disability status, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity  
  • Restorative Justice: Data, programs, and strategies that address the intersection of juvenile justice and youth homelessness   

As a presenter, you will receive: 

  1. Complimentary registration to the RHY National Grantee Training to present, network and engage in the full session schedule (including CEU’s, as available). 
  2. Support in developing a high quality and engaging presentation, including a detailed outline of the timeline and process. 
  3. Personalized evaluation summary for your session (available by March 2025) in addition to the full event evaluation. 
  4. Listing in event communications to attendees, including in the event app.

As a presenter, you will be expected to: 

  1. Agree to attend one of the pre-scheduled info sessions with the RHYTTAC team. At this session, RHYTTAC will share presentation best practices, tips for engagement, requirements for accessibility, and the slide deck template.  
  2. Track and submit the time for your proposal creation and workshop development.  
  3. Arrange and cover the costs for your own travel and hotel lodging. 
  4. Make suggested changes to content or delivery based on feedback from FYSB and/or RHYTTAC staff. 

(Note: All submissions regardless of final selection for a workshop at the 2024 RHY National Grantee Training may be invited to present in additional RHYTTAC training and technical assistance (TTA) events including webinars, TA  Cafés, or recorded as an eLearning module.) 

What to Expect: 

Phase 1: Proposal Submission 

  • Submit your proposal online HERE. 
  • 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 Shandra Steinenger (RHYTTAC) at [email protected] if you did not receive a confirmation.  
  • Completed proposals, including all required criteria, must be received no later than Friday, August 2, 2024. 

Phase 2: Proposal Evaluation  

  • Proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by the National Grantee Training Planning Committee, consisting of Action for Impact Team members, young adults, RHYTTAC staff, RHY providers, and RHY federal program staff to ensure a diverse and relevant selection of topics and presentation styles that will meet the training needs of the participants. 

Phase 3: Workshop Finalization 

  • Proposals chosen for workshops will submit slide decks and supporting materials within three weeks of being notified of acceptance for review and approval by FYSB. RHYTTAC staff will work with and support presenters in developing a high quality and engaging presentation.  


If you have any questions about the Call for Presenters or need assistance, please contact [email protected]. For any other questions, please email RHYTTAC [email protected].

Last Updated 7/9/2024