Pre-Institutes - November 16, 2020

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

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


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
Motivational Interviewing Presentation

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
New Grantee Orientation Q & A Recording

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

Grants Management Presentation
Grants Management Recording

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
RHY-HMIS Presentation
RHY-HMIS Recording