Pre-Institutes - November 16, 2020

All times below are Eastern Standard Time. Once logged into Hopin, all session times in the Reception area will be local time to each participant. Each session will be open 5 minutes prior to the start of each session. 

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12:00 p.m. ET - 5:10 p.m. ET

National Training Information Center Open

The Information Center will be staffed and available for questions during the Pre-Institute and National RHY Grantees Training activities. Request information and support by using the Event Chat in Hopin, or emailing us at [email protected].

Virtual Display Center Open

Click on Expo to peruse our Virtual Display Center and interact with exhibitors and other participants. 

  • Exhibitors - Visit 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. 
  • Networking - Connect with RHY Grantees, youth service organizations, youth and young adults, and allies in these virtual networking sessions. Hear directly from providers and young people about their experiences with RHY programs. Discuss trends particular to each program, and brainstorm solutions to challenges. Get ideas and support from colleagues doing the work. This networking is available throughout the National Training in the Expo area and will also host live sessions at times listed in the program.
  • Self-Care - World renowned speaker, musical performer, and facilitatorAisha Fukushima will lead attendees through a series of mindfulness practices. Her interactive performance lecture style will help us process what is going on inside of our bodies through guided meditation, artistry, and exploration that will include reflection prompts. Participants can access this recorded self-care session at any time in the Expo area.

1:00 p.m. ET - 5:00 p.m. ET

Motivational Interviewing for Youth Work: More than Just a Clinical Tool

Pre-registration is now closed. Because of the demonstrated demand for this training topic, RHYTTAC is working with the presenters to offer this training to grantees at alternate times throughout this year.  


Motivational Interviewing (MI) has been used in clinical settings for over 25 years. In recent years, MI has been adapted to serve nonclinical settings as well. DIAL/SELF AmeriCorps has been training members and site partners to use MI to support young people in developing a stronger sense of self-efficacy in pursuit of learning goals. Members have successfully incorporated MI in a variety of settings, from drop-in centers and afterschool programs to academic classrooms and creative programming. This institute will provide practical information and hands-on skill-building activities for using MI in a variety of non-clinical settings and roles.


  • Participants will learn spirit/principles of MI and concrete skills to implement.
  • Participants will have the opportunity to practice MI and gain familiarity with the basic techniques.
  • Participants will understand how MI can be adapted for meaningful use in multiple contexts.


  • Phil Ringwood, Executive Director, DIAL/SELF Youth & Community Services
  • Allison Scott, AmeriCorp Member Coordinator, DIAL/SELF Youth & Community Services
  • Caroline Palmer, AmeriCorps Service Quality Specialist, DIAL/SELF Youth & Community Services

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

New RHY Grantee Orientation Question and Answer Session


If your organization has just received funding for a new RHY program or is in the first year of federal funding to serve runaway and homeless youth, you are invited to participate in this Q & A session. This opportunity would also be helpful for new program managers, executives, or grant specialists unfamiliar with FYSB requirements.


  • Participants will hear an overview of FYSB and Office of Grants Management (OGM) structure and key personnel with contact information. 
  • Participants will hear an overview of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act as reauthorized in 2008 and the Final Rule published in January 2017. 
  • Participants will hear an overview of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Program Network (RHYPN).


  • Areon Kelvington, Program Manager-Runaway and Homeless Youth Program, Family and Youth Services Bureau
  • Christopher Holloway, Program Manager-Runaway and Homeless Youth Program, Family and Youth Services Bureau
  • Jeff Daniels, Program Manager-Runaway and Homeless Youth Program, Family and Youth Services Bureau
  • Keith Wallace, Program Manager-Runaway and Homeless Youth Program, Family and Youth Services Bureau

2:30 p.m. ET - 3:40 p.m. ET

Grants Management for RHY Grantees


Managing Your Federal Grant. Participants will be provided an overview of the Office of Grants Management (OGM) Roles and Responsibilities, Key Regulations and Administrative References, Reporting Requirements, Post-Award Activities, and other Useful Resources.


Participants will learn about:

  • Roles and Responsibilities of OGM
  • Policy Guidance for the Use of Grant Funds
  • GrantSolutions
  • Division of Payment Management
  • Reporting
  • Post-award Amendments
  • Non-competing Continuations
  • Lessons Learned and Common Questions


  • Katrina Morgan, Grants Management Officer, Office of Grants Management

4:00 p.m ET - 5:10 p.m. ET

Introduction to the RHY-HMIS Platform


Participants will be provided with a presentation on the RHY-HMIS platform and have an opportunity to ask questions.


  • Participants will gain an understanding of the RHY-HMIS platform including a data overview
  • Participants will understand how to access the Help Desk


  • Resa Matthew, Director, Division of Adolescent Development and Support, Family and Youth Services Bureau
  • Thuan Huynh, Senior Analyst, Abt Associates
  • Mary Schwartz, Associate, Abt Associates