Day Two, 2021 RHY National Grantee Training
Wednesday, November 17th

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 

 

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 Wednesday, November 17:

  • 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)*
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 - 1:45 PM ET - Break

1:45 PM - 3:00 PM ET - Workshop Session 3

Supporting Youth Shelter Staff: Feedback and Recommendations

Summary

The Night Ministry provides residential programs for youth ages 14-24 experiencing housing instability or homelessness. Program specialists provide daily care for residents using an approach based in Harm Reduction, Positive Youth Development, and Trauma Informed Care. Management, after observing that program specialists seemed less engaged overall, collaborated with internal evaluation staff to collect anonymous feedback about their role. This presentation will reflect on the opportunities and challenges of working within these frameworks, increase awareness of internal evaluation methods, and identify strategies for supporting youth shelter staff to engage more deeply with their roles and their residents.

Presenters
  • Damian Nelson (he/him), Learning & Impact Director, The Night Ministry
  • Jana Greenslit (she/her), Learning & Impact Analyst, The Night Ministry
  • Allison McCann-Stevenson (she/her), Assistant Director of Long-Term Residential Services, The Night Ministry

Workshop Audience

  • Everyone (All levels of knowledge)

Materials

New Deal Policy to End Youth Homelessness

Summary

The New Deal is a comprehensive approach to ending youth and young adult homelessness and will require transformation and re-orientation toward justice in the nation’s major systems serving young people - systems currently rooted in structural racism. To do this, the New Deal is being crafted around five pillars: (1) Housing Justice (2) Transformative Justice (3) Economic Justice (4) Immigration Justice (5) Child and Family Wellbeing Justice.

Presenters 

  • Marcella Middleton (she/her), Executive Director, A Way Home America
  • Rivianna Hyatt (they/them), Owner-Worker, Housing Justice Collective
Workshop Audience
  • Everyone (All levels of knowledge)

Materials

Strengthening Social-Emotional Wellbeing through Mindfulness

Summary

Social-Emotional wellbeing may seem challenging if living with uncertainty, housing insecurity, or unhealthy/unsafe relationships. Social-Emotional wellbeing provides a pathway to success by learning to recognize one's emotions and thoughts, along with developing a space between stimuli and response. Learning these skills can change how a person sees themselves and their future.

Presenters

  • Dixie Zittlow (she/her), Senior Training Advisor and Master Trainer, The Dibble Institute
  • Mina Koplin (she/her), Program Manager at Milestone Transitional Living Program, Salt Lake County Youth Services
  • Lorri Lake (she/her), Mental Health Therapist & Program Therapist, Milestone Transitional Living Program, Salt Lake County Youth Services
  • Maygan Martinez (she/they), Chair of Youth Services Advisor Board and member of Salt Lake County Mayor’s Council on Diversity Affairs, Salt Lake County Youth Services

Workshop Audience

  • Everyone (All levels of knowledge)

Materials

The Impact of COVID-19 on At-Risk Youth Engagement

Summary

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on youth and families nationwide. Youth are reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline (NRS) seeking services and support during this public health crisis. The session will discuss the severity of the pandemic on the young people who reached out to the NRS for support in 2020. The facilitators will share qualitative and quantitative data from the crisis contacts; and how this data informed NRS’ response to effectively engage with youth in crisis and youth experiencing homelessness through digital platforms.

Presenters

  • Jeff Stern (he/him), Chief Engagement Officer, National Runaway Safeline
  • Maria Taylor (she/her), Prevention & Youth Engagement Coordinator, National Runaway Safeline
Workshop Audience
  • Everyone (All levels of knowledge)

Materials

Supporting Youth Experiencing Homelessness through Education Pathways

Summary

Join the National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) in exploring the role of education partnerships and pathways in helping equip young people to thrive in adulthood, and leave with next steps to take to strengthen your RHY program’s efforts in this area. The session also will include a panel of young adults with lived experience of homelessness who will share their perspectives on the importance of education and how to support young people in accessing and succeeding along their educational journey.

Presenters

  • Christina Dukes (she/her), Deputy Director of Partnerships and Policy, National Center for Homeless Education

Workshop Audience

  • Everyone (All levels of knowledge)

Materials

The Power of 3: Services, Safety, and Sanctuary for LGBTQ Youth and Youth of Color

Summary

Culturally Responsive Programming for LGBTQ Youth and Youth of Color is imperative for building programs and services that support equity, diversity, and inclusion. LGBTQIA+ survivors face multiple systems of discrimination and abuse within families and systems because of how their identities intersect. They will often deal with homophobia within their own cultural/ethnic communities. Aside from internal barriers, they face other obstacles in the mainstream culture also that is compounded by ageism. This session will break down the challenges LGBTQ Youth and Youth of Color experience when accessing services and resources and best practices and strategies to address and deconstruct oppressive social structures that hinder access. LGBTQ Youth and Youth of Color must have space for safe healing and empowerment in their narrative through community action and accountability.

Presenters

  • Ayana Wallace (she/her), Training Manager, Ujima Inc., The National Center on Violence Against Women in the Black Community
  • Ana Sanz-Saumeth (she/they), HBCU Specialist, Ujima Inc., The National Center on Violence Against Women in the Black Community

Workshop Audience

  • Everyone (All levels of knowledge)

Materials

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM ET - Break 

3:15 PM - 3:45 PM ET - Spark Story/Conversational 1:1 Networking

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

Spark Story: Expanding Binary Thinking for LGBTQ+ Youth Housing Justice 

Summary

Dr. Shelton will describe initial findings and learning from the national research agenda on LGBTQ+ youth homelessness developed by True Colors United and highlight ways that providers can better support LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness through their programs and ultimately as partners in the work.    

Presenter

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

  • https://www.jamashelton.com 

Jama Shelton, MSW, PhD is the Chief Strategy Officer at True Colors United and an Assistant Professor at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Dr. Shelton’s research examines the needs and experiences of LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness and the service providers with whom they work. In particular, Dr. Shelton is interested in identifying and addressing systemic barriers rooted in hetero/cisgenderism that frequently constrain the successful transition out of homelessness for LGBTQ youth and young adults.  

Previously, Dr. Shelton served as the Deputy Executive Director of True Colors United. In this role, Dr. Shelton was engaged in systemic change efforts directly informed by years of direct practice experience. Having worked in the areas of clinical practice with LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness, as well as program development, evaluation, research, technical assistance and training, Dr. Shelton brings a comprehensive understanding of the issues facing both LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness and also the service providers with whom they work. Most recently, Dr. Shelton co-edited the peer-reviewed text Where Am I Going to Go? Intersectional Approaches to Ending LGBTQ2S Youth Homelessness in Canada and the US, published by the Canadian Homelessness Research Network Press. 
 
Spark Story: Beats, Breaks & Balance 

Summary

Aisha Fukushima will link themes such as hip hop, global citizenship, empowerment, feminism and cultural activism through storytelling as well as live musical performance tailored to the RHY grantee audience.  This session will provide an opportunity to explore the power of your voice, and the power of creativity as a portal for changemaking (from the inside out).  Using music, movement, and mindfulness, this will be a space to decompress and get refreshed.  Come as you are, all are welcome. 

Presenter

Aisha Fukushima is a Performance Lecturer, Justice Strategist, Singer/Songwriter, and RAPtivist (rap activist). Fukushima founded RAPtivism (Rap Activism), a hip hop project spanning 20 countries and four continents, amplifying universal efforts for freedom and justice. She is a multilingual, multiracial African American Japanese woman who has done lectures and performances everywhere from the United States to France, Morocco, Japan, Germany, England, South Africa, Senegal, India, Denmark and beyond. Fukushima’s ‘RAPtivism’ work has been featured on Oprah Magazine, TEDx, KQED Public Television, The Seattle Times, TV 2M Morocco, The Bangalore Mirror, HYPE, South Africa’s #1 Hip Hop Magazine, and Tour highlights include performing for audiences of over 20,000 people in Nepal, speaking with the President of Estonia about the power of music to create change, and sharing stages with the likes of Bernie Sanders, Emory Douglas (Black Panthers), KRS-One, Herbie Hancock, Christian McBride, The Isley Brothers, and M1 (Dead Prez). As a public speaker, Aisha combines the art of performance and lecture. In my keynotes she links themes such as hip hop, global citizenship, empowerment, feminism and cultural activism through storytelling as well as live musical performance.  

As a public speaker, Fukushima combines the art of performance and lecture. In her speeches she links themes such as hip hop, global citizenship, empowerment, feminism and cultural activism with live musical performance. She was the first non-Native person to deliver a keynote address at Montana’s 2012 Schools of Promise Conference for Indigenous youth and has presented at such diverse venues as Stanford University, Yale Law School, Duke University, the National Conference On Race and Ethnicity (NCORE), People of Color in Independent Schools (POCIS) conferences, UMass Amherst, TEDxSitka, TEDxBend, TEDxWhitman, TEDxUWCCR, Rock The School Bells, Osaka University, among others.  

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM ET 

Break

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 3:45pm - 4:00pm ET.

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM ET - Plenary Session: General Federal Session

Materials

5:15 PM - 6:00 PM ET - T/TA & RHY-HMIS Consultation

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 5:15pm - 6:00pm ET.

 

*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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