REGION IX: 2021 Runaway and Homeless Youth Grantees Regional Training

Welcome to The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) and Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC), 2021 Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) Grantees Regional Training. Below you will find your region's agenda, supplemental materials, and information regarding access to the Virtual Event Platform. 

Region IX Location: CA, NV, AZ, HI, AS, Mariana, Micronesia, Guam, Palau, Marshall I
Federal Program Officers: Deb Oppenheim, Petrina Winston, Angelica Gutierrez
Regional Program Manager: Jeff Daniels


Monday, May 24th

Grantees from ALL regions to attend. Please CLICK HERE for Day One's presentation and session materials. 
12:00 pm - 12:15 pm ET                  Welcome & Federal Updates
  • Dr. Sanzanna Dean, Director, Division of Runaway and Homeless Youth, Family and Youth Services Bureau
12:15 pm - 12:45 pm ET Virtual Monitoring
  • Areon Kelvington, Runaway and Homeless Youth Regional Program Manager, Regions 4, 5 and 7, Family and Youth Services Bureau
 12:45 pm - 1:15 pm ET                       National Runaway Safeline
  • Ana Cody, Human Trafficking Advisor, Family and Youth Services Bureau
  • Susan Frankel, Chief Executive Officer, National Runaway Safeline 
  • Jeff Stern, Chief Engagement Officer, National Runaway Safeline
 1:15 pm - 1:45 pm ET                                     Health and Well-being in a Virtual Space
  • Maddox Guerilla, Youth Catalyst Team, Youth Collaboratory
 1:45 pm - 2:15 pm ET                                                                                     Break
 2:15 pm - 3:45 pm ET RHY-HMIS: Information You Can Use
  • Dr. Resa Matthew, Director, Division of Evaluation, Data and Policy, Family and Youth Services Bureau
  • Gloria Watkins, Program Specialist, Family and Youth Services Bureau
  • Lori Hunter, Principal Associate, Enabling Technologies, Abt Associates
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm ET                                                        Closing Remarks & Schedule Review
  • Dr. Sanzanna Dean, Director, Division of Runaway and Homeless Youth, Family and Youth Services Bureau
  • Meredith Hicks, RHYTTAC Director, Youth Collaboratory


Wednesday, May 26th

*Presentation and session materials to be added as they become available. 

1:00 pm - 1:15 pm ET                                              


  • Deb Oppenheim, Program Specialist R9 , Family and Youth Services Bureau
  • Petrina Winston, Program Specialist R9 , Family and Youth Services Bureau
  • Angelica Gutierrez, Program Specialist R9,  Family and Youth Services Bureau
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm ET                   


"RHY and Education Partnership Opportunities" (Presentation and Q&A)

  • Christina Dukes, Deputy Director, Partnerships and Policy, National Center for Homeless Education

Session Materials:

2:15 pm - 2:30 pm ET                               


2:30 pm - 3:30 pm ET                                                         

"Vaccination Hesitancy and COVID-19 Impacts” (Presentation and Q&A)

  • Heather Butts, JD, MPH, MA, Co-founder, H.E.A.L.T.H. for Youths, Assistant Professor, Long Island University

Session Materials:

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET


Peer to Peer Discussion: Education Partnerships

  • Kenneth Cook, Director of RHY Services, Youth Emerging Stronger

Session Materials:

Peer to Peer Discussion: Impacts of COVID-19

  • Jeffrey Richardson: Safe Haven Director, Covenant House California

Session Materials:


Access Virtual Event Platform Information

Click HERE to access instructions and information regarding the 2021 Regional Training Virtual Event Platform.

More Information/Support

If you have questions or need assistance, please reach out to RHYTTAC at [email protected] or at any time during the event via Event Chat.