2020 National RHY Grantees Training Update

The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), the Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC), and the 2020 National Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) Grantees National Training planning committee are pleased to share updated national training details.

The 2020 National RHY Grantees Training will begin on Tuesday, November 17, and end on Thursday, November 19.

To help increase opportunities for participation across the country, event sessions will take place during the afternoons (Eastern Standard Time).

A pre-training human trafficking certification opportunity provided by National Network for Youth and the McCain Institute will be available Thursday, November 12, through Friday, November 13. Other pre-training opportunities, including Motivational Interviewing for Youth Work, New RHY Grantees Orientation, Grants Management for RHY Grantees, and Introduction to the Runaway and Homeless Youth – Homeless Management Information System (RHY-HMIS) Platform, will be available on Monday, November 16, beginning at 1:00 p.m. EST.

The national training will include an opening keynote presentation, general federal session, regional meetings, workshops, poster sessions, virtual site visits, and a closing plenary to include a celebration of the FYSB RHY Artistic Expression Contest award winner and keynote presentation. Plans also include self-care activities, available consultation appointments with RHYTTAC and RHY-HMIS representatives, and opportunities for networking with colleagues. 


The theme for the national training will be, “Building Futures of Hope for RHY.” 2020 has been a year like no other for Runaway and Homeless Youth (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 will promote promising practices and evidence-informed responses to trauma.

Opening Keynote Speaker

Dr. Chan Hellman will provide 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 will speak on the science and power of hope. His focus will be on collaborating to develop “hope centered organizations.” See his bio and more information on his work at https://www.ou.edu/cas/socialwork/faculty-staff/chan-hellman.

Closing Keynote Speaker

The closing plenary speaker is Dr. Gloria Burgess. 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. See her bio and more information about her work at http://gloriaburgess.com/.

Schedule at a Glance
*All times below are Eastern Standard Time.


Watch for national training updates, including pre-training institutes, workshops, poster session presentation opportunities, and registration in your email and on this. For questions, please reach out to RHYTTAC directly at [email protected].