National Training Day 3: November 19, 2020

11:00 a.m. ET - 4:30 p.m. ET

Virtual Display Center Open

The Virtual Display Center allowed participants to interact with exhibitors and other participants.

  • Exhibitors - Participants visited virtual exhibit booths of companies and organizations that provide resources and supports to RHY Grantees. Exhibitor videos and live sessions highlighted services relevant to youth serving organizations.
  • Networking - Participants connected with RHY Grantees, youth service organizations, youth and young adults, and allies in these virtual networking sessions. They heard directly from providers and young people about their experiences with RHY programs. They discussed trends particular to each program, and brainstormed solutions to challenges. Participants received ideas and support from colleagues doing the work.
  • Self-Care - World renowned speaker, musical performer, and facilitator Aisha Fukushima led attendees through a series of mindfulness practices. Her interactive performance lecture style helped participants process what is going on inside of their bodies through guided meditation, artistry, and exploration that included reflection prompts.

1:00 p.m. ET - 2:10 p.m. ET - Regional Meetings

  • Team East Region 1 (VT, NH, ME, MA, RI, CT) - Jessica Drazenovich
  • Team East Region 2 (NY, NJ, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands) - Danny Balkcom
  • Team East Region 3 (PA, WV, VA, MD, DC, DE) - Habibah Sulayman-Smith
  • Team Mid-West Regions 4, 5, 7 - Areon Kelvington
    • Region 4 Breakout (KY, TN, NC, SC, GA, AL, MS, FL) - Alicia Parks
    • Region 5 Breakout (MN, WI, MI, IL, IN, OH) - Jenny Weiser
    • Region 7 Breakout (NE, IA, MO, KS) - Rachel Francis
  • Team East Region 6 (NM, TX, OK, AR, LA) - Rebecca Eichelberger
  • Team West Region 8 (MT, ND, SD, WY, CO, UT) - Deb Yatsko, Maya Hering
  • Team West Region 9 (CA, NV, AZ, HI, AS, Mariana, Micronesia, Guam, Palau, Marshall I) - Deb Oppenheim, Petrina Winston, Angelica Gutierrez
  • Team West Region 10 (AK, WA, OR, ID) - Janice Holt, Tom Bonnington

2:30 p.m. ET - 4:30 p.m. ET - General Session: FYSB RHY Artistic Expression Contest Award & Closing Keynote

General Session, Artistic Award, & Closing Keynote

In this General Session, Debbie Powell introduced the RHY Artistic Expression Contest Award Winner Mariana Chavez and the closing keynote speaker, Dr. Gloria Burgess. Following the keynote, there was time for questions before closing remarks.

Debbie A. Powell
Deputy Associate Commissioner
Family and Youth Services Bureau

RHY Artistic Expression Contest Award Winner

The Journey

“The Journey”, Mariana Chavez

Mariana Chavez is the winner of the 2020 Family and Youth Services Bureau’s (FYSB) Runaway and Homeless Youth Artistic Expression Contest. “The Journey” was selected by a panel of FYSB representatives, Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC) Advisory Board members, and youth from National Safe Place Network’s Youth Advisory Board Collaboration Committee. The judges praised Mariana’s creative process as she reflected upon her life’s “journey” through the three words of encouragement, “beauty,” “love,” and “respect”, shared in her piece.  

 General Session: FYSB RHY Artistic Contest Award Presentation
General Session: FYSB RHY Artistic Contest Award Recording

Closing Keynote
Hope and Resilience
Dr. Gloria Burgess
CEO and President
Jazz Inc.

In these uncertain and unsettled times, how do you maintain a perspective that allows you not only to strive, but to thrive? In her important virtual keynote address “Hope and Resilience,” Dr. Gloria Burgess will provide insight into these two critical, life-giving concepts. Be encouraged and inspired as she shares from her own life story of triumph over extreme poverty, racism, and sexism. “Hope and Resilience” will empower you to move forward now and into the new year.


  • Participants will understand the concepts of Hope and Resilience.
  • Participnts will feel inspired.

Question & Answer Moderator
Kristen Truffa
Associate Director
Youth Collaboratory

Closing Remarks
Resa Matthew
Division of Adolescent Development and Support
Family and Youth Services Bureau

Meredith Hick
Director, RHYTTAC
Youth Collaboratory