Day Three, 2021 RHY National Grantee Training
Thursday, November 18th

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                

 

12:00 PM - 5:15 PM ET

Virtual Event Platform Support
The 2021 RHY National Grantee Training will be presented through the Hopin Virtual Event Platform. Support is available at any time by emailing [email protected] or using the ‘Event Chat’ feature. Click Here to learn more about how to navigate the virtual platform, using the 'Event Chat' feature, troubleshooting, and more.

Visit the Expo Area of Hopin
Peruse our Expo area for opportunities to network; interact with Exhibitors, Provider Expression Displays, and Youth & Young Adult Artistic Expression Displays; gather for Regional Networking Meetings; take a Dance Party break; and more.

  • Visit Exhibitors - Tour virtual exhibit booths of companies and organizations that provide resources and supports to RHY Grantees. Exhibitor videos and live sessions will highlight services relevant to youth serving organizations.
  • Engage with Expression Displays - Check out the displays created by RHY Grantees, youth service professionals, provider organizations, and youth and young adults (YYA) in this creative way to share stories of innovation, inspiration, effective practices, and reflection.
  • Gather in Regional Networking Meetings - Grantees, here you’ll find a space for your region’s networking meetings.
  • Join the Dance Party - Enjoy a dance break in this area with a continual Spotify playlist. You can collaborate with other attendees by adding songs to the playlist and keeping the party going!

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM ET

Exhibitor Live Discussions
Visit the Expo area to tour virtual exhibit booths of companies and organizations that provide resources and supports to RHY Grantees. Exhibitor videos and live sessions will highlight services relevant to youth serving organizations.

T/TA and RHY-HMIS Consultations
Abt Associates will be offering training/technical assistance (T/TA) and Runaway & Homeless Youth – Homeless Management Information System (RHY-HMIS) consultations on program and reporting needs. Questions will be answered on a first come, first served basis. To access the consultations, please visit the Abt Associates Exhibit Booth between 12:00pm - 12:30pm ET.

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM ET

Regional Networking Meetings (RHY Grantees only)
Grantees, please go to the Expo Area of Hopin to attend your Regional Networking Meeting at the designated time. The following regions are meeting Thursday, November 18:

  • 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)*
Youth and Young Adults are encouraged to attend this live session with other youth leaders. This time will be dedicated to building community, shared learning, and reflection.

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM ET - Break

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM ET - Workshop Session 4

Centering Racial Equity in Ending Youth Homelessness

Summary

Bryan Samuels, current Executive Director of Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago and President Obama’s former Commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, will paint a vivid picture, using the best available data today, of disproportionality experienced by homeless and unstably housed young people, bring to light the impacts that COVID had on this issue, and engage the audience based on what’s been learned about pathways in and out of homelessness directly from youth. This promises to be a powerful session that offers attendees a data-driven and youth-informed approach to thinking through the big challenges facing the youth homelessness field today.

Presenters

  • Bryan Samuels (he/him), Executive Director, Chapin Hall

Workshop Audience

  • Everyone (All levels of knowledge)

Materials

Raise the Level with a Youth and Young Adult Homelessness Training Institute

Summary

Survey data suggest that providers and youth and young adults (YYA) want support increasing programming capacity around concepts like trauma-informed care, positive youth development, equity, and housing YYA. Unfortunately, few examples exist of comprehensive training support for RHY providers, particularly for non-clinical staff most likely to work directly with YYA. How can we create a mechanism to provide comprehensive training to the people who need it the most in a way that increases system capacity for the long term?

In 2020, the Cape and Islands, joined shortly thereafter by two other counties in MA, tried to figure that out. This session will explore their implementation of a year-long YYA homelessness training institute, how it changed their communities, and how you might begin the same journey. As part of the workshop, participants will leave with a plan and tips to start their own institute back home.

Presenters

  • Matthew Aronson (he/him), President, Matthew Aronson Consulting
  • Daniel Gray (he/him), Continuum of Care Program Manager and YYA Homelessness Lead, Barnstable County Department of Human Services
  • Miossoty Rivas (she/her), Member, Youth Action Board, Hampden County MA
  • Nathan Santiago (he/him), Member, Youth Action Board, Hampden County MA
  • Travis Smith (he/him), Member, Youth Action Board, Hampden County MA

Workshop Audience

  • Everyone (All levels of knowledge)

Materials

Skills Training to Prepare Youth for Success in Adulthood

Summary

The FYSB Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program’s Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) includes six adulthood preparation subjects (APS) designed to help youth achieve a successful transition to adulthood. They include healthy relationships, parent-child communication, adolescent development, healthy life skills, financial literacy, and educational and career success. This presentation will review the conceptual models that describe the relationship between APS topics and successful outcomes for youth. It will also explore strategies for fostering skills development in key areas relevant to RHY’s transitional living/maternity group home programs along with suggested resources and specific examples for ways to incorporate the topics into programming.

Presenters 

  • LaBretia White (she/her), Program Manager, Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program, Family and Youth Services Bureau
  • Katy Suellentrop (she/her), Senior Manager; Public Health, RTI International

Workshop Audience

  • Everyone (All levels of knowledge)

Materials

Addressing Barriers to System Alignment in Youth Service Delivery (And Debunking WIOA Youth Program Myths)

Summary

The Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration provides funds to local workforce areas to provide comprehensive services to youth through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth Program. WIOA Youth and Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs serve a shared population. Join this session to learn about the WIOA Youth Program, including common misconceptions, and to have a discussion about ways we can not only identify but address barriers to system and resource alignment in youth service delivery in order to better serve our youth.

Presenter

  • Sara Hastings (she/her), Unit Chief, Division of Youth Services, Employment and Training Administration

Workshop Audience

  • Everyone (All levels of knowledge)

Materials

Prevent & End Homelessness Among Youth Exiting Foster Care Experience in Colorado

Summary

Colorado’s Pathways to Success seeks to build the evidence for preventing and ending homelessness among youth with foster care involvement via the implementation and evaluation of a youth-driven model intervention called Engaging Youth in a Coach Like Way (EYCLW). Pathways serves youth who are at high risk of experiencing homelessness after leaving foster care through cross-system partnerships among child welfare and homeless youth providers and other youth serving systems and youth leaders. Findings from Pathways’ formative evaluation show improved interim outcomes in relational permanency, housing, well-being, education, and employment among enrolled youth.

Presenters

  • Lanae Davis (she/her), Senior Research Associate, Center for Policy Research
  • Trevor Williams (he/him), Youth Services Administrator, Colorado Department of Human Services
  • Kippi Clausen (she/her), Strategic Development and Training, Colorado Rural Collaborative for Runaway and Homeless Youth

Workshop Audience

  • People experienced with the topic (Advanced)

Materials

More Than a Shelter Bed: Housing Justice for LGBTQ+ Youth Experiencing Homelessness

Summary

Dr. Shelton will describe initial findings and learning from the national research agenda on LGBTQ+ youth homelessness and highlight ways that providers can better support LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness through their programs and ultimately as partners in the work. The purpose of this national research agenda on LGBTQ+ youth homelessness - the first of its kind - is to ensure our movement and programs are backed by the data we need in order to create real and lasting change. It is our hope that this document will enable researchers across sectors to investigate the topics and questions within, in collaboration with one another and alongside LGBTQ+ young people.

Presenter

  • Dr. Jama Shelton (they/them), Assistant Professor at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College

Workshop Audience

  • Everyone (All levels of knowledge)

Materials

3:15 PM - 3:45 PM ET - Break

3:45 PM - 5:30 PM ET - Plenary Session: Closing Keynote

More details on the Plenary Session coming soon!

Closing Keynote
From Heartbreak to Healing: Radical Self-Care for Emotional Laborers
Dr. Joi Lewis
pronouns: she/her
CEO and Founder of Joi Unlimited Coaching and Consulting

Summary
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.

Materials

 

*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.

 

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