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NYEC PEPNET TRACK WORKSHOPS
Tuesday, Dec. 4th, 3:00 - 4:30 pm: Sessions A1-A3

Workshop Title: Improving Programs, Improving Systems: Using PEPNet to Build Youth Program Quality
Workshop Description:
Join this interactive session to learn how San Francisco's Department of Children, Youth and Their Families (DCYF) launched a citywide initiative to improve the quality of youth employment programs. DCYF engaged its grantees in a comprehensive self-assessment and improvement effort using the national Promising and Effective Practices Network (PEPNet) standards and tools. Presenters will share lessons learned, discuss benefits programs and the community gained, and explore how to enhance the effectiveness of youth programs in today's competitive environment. Don' miss this opportunity to learn how to tap into PEPNet's powerful resources to improve programs and communities.
Presenter(s):
Glenn Eagleson, Director of Youth Workforce Development, Mayor's Office of Economic and Workforce Development
Eric Cline, Member Services Coordinator, National Youth Employment Coalition
Peter Gerharz, Manager of Workforce Development, Larkin Street Youth Services
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Workshop Title: Motivating Court Involved Youth with Accountability and Resources
Workshop Description:
Presenters from a PEPNet-Awarded program will demonstrate how a youth development approach coupled with teaching accountability benefits court-involved youth. Attendees will learn how offering career-based internships and individualistic educational opportunities can increase the likelihood of future success. In addition, presenters will discuss utilizing long-term alumni services to reduce recidivism and provide a platform for long-term educational and employment achievements. The session will include actual classroom materials as well as a video of mock interviews and public speaking presentations.
Presenter(s):
Luis Fuentes, Director, Career Exploration Project/CASES
Jasmin Jenoure, Coordinator, Career Exploration Project/CASES
Greg Wise, Coordinator, Career Exploration Project/CASES
Teury Martinez, Program Alumnus and Graduate Assistant, Career Exploration Project/CASES
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Workshop Title: Developing Entrepreneurial Strategies for Youth Programs
Workshop Description:
Under any number of monikers, the concept of "entrepreneurship", is emerging as an increasingly attractive strategy for nonprofits seeking less dependence on grants and other fluctuating funding sources. This workshop will look at entrepreneurial and income-generating ventures of various sorts, and examine organizational implications of starting a new venture. The session will also explore how to develop a market niche that fits a youth program's strengths and needs. Examples of actual, successful projects from two PEPNet-awarded programs will be presented, along with resources available to help participants seeking to develop ventures and generate new income.
Presenter(s):
Kerry Knodle, Executive Director, YouthBuild Rockford/Comprehensive Community Solutions
Phil Matero, Deputy Director, Los Angeles Conservation Corps
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Wednesday, Dec. 5th, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon: Sessions B1-B3

Workshop Title: Meeting the Needs of Youth with Disabilities
Workshop Description:
The federal Shared Youth Vision stresses serving the "neediest youth," including youth with disabilities. Are you seeking practical strategies for serving this population in WIA or other youth programs? Join this interactive session to learn from PEPNet-awarded Linking Employment, Abilities and Potential (LEAP), an organization that serves persons with disabilities with WIA and other funding. This workshop, featuring a youth co-presenter, will address program design, innovative practices, resources, curriculum, interagency collaborations, funding sources, outcomes, and more.
Presenter(s):
Sandra Carlson, Program Director, Linking Employment, Abilities & Potential (LEAP)
David McKee, Youth Presenter, LEAP
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Workshop Title: Today's Youth - Tomorrow's Manufacturing Gurus
Workshop Description:
How do you inspire youth to consider manufacturing careers? Join PEPNet Awardee, Arbor E&T, and share some exciting experiences that come from operating Choice II - Manufacturing Institute Academy. The Workforce Development Board of the Treasure Coast, partnering with the St. Lucie County School District, Indian River Community College and Arbor to enhance the newly opened Manufacturing / Pre-Engineering Academy at Treasure Coast High School. This workshop will explore program operations, demonstration of tools and the materials, and a comprehensive overview of the Summer Manufacturing Institute component - explained by a participating youth!
Presenter(s):
Scott Amey, Project Director, In-School Youth Training Program/Arbor E&T
Diana Rew, CHOICE Coordinator, Workforce Development Board of the Treasure Coast
Ted Norman, Instructor of Pre-Engineering Academy, St. Lucie County School District
Christian Norman, Student, In-School Youth Training Program
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Workshop Title: Washington Update: The Latest on Youth Policy and Legislation
Workshop Description:
The National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC) tracks and informs federal legislation affecting workforce development, education and youth development. Join this session to learn about the latest developments on Capitol Hill that will directly impact your work. Hear up to date information on the Workforce Investment Act and No Child Left Behind reauthorizations, appropriations information, and the status of juvenile justice, higher education, and other youth-related bills. This workshop will include a question and answer session and information on how to tap into NYEC's policy resources and tools.
Presenter(s):
Mala Thakur, Executive Director, National Youth Employment Coalition
Jonathan Larsen, Policy Associate, National Youth Employment Coalition
Workshop Handouts or Other Workshop Resources Currently Available:
  • Budget & Appropriations Side-by-Side Handout - Dec. 2007
  • Washington Update PowerPoint Presentation Slides - Dec. 2007
  • NYEC Tools for Effective Advocacy Handout - Dec. 2007

    Wednesday, Dec. 5th, 1:30 - 3:00 pm: Sessions C1-C3

    Workshop Title: If You Don't Record It, You Can't Report It
    Workshop Description:
    How can an organization measure and report performance comprehensively and efficiently? Learn what has worked for PEPNet-awarded program Our Piece of the Pie in instituting its data management system. Explore the most useful types of information to collect, as well as how to prepare an organization and staff to implement a data collection and reporting system as part of daily operations. Participants also will have the opportunity to learn about the management information system that OPP has used in Hartford, CT, the Efforts-to-Outcomes (ETO) Software from Social Solutions.
    Presenter(s):
    Bob Rath, President/CEO, Our Piece of the Pie
    Steve Butz, President, Social Solutions
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    Workshop Title: Getting Your A Team on Its A Game: Developing the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities of Youth Service Professionals
    Workshop Description:
    Do you know which knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) youth service professionals need to most successfully work with young people? Looking for ways to implement professional development strategies to reduce front-line staff turnover and boost program performance? Join this resource-rich session to learn how individuals and organizations can use the KSAs - developed by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth and the National Youth Employment Coalition - to tap into a wealth of available tools and materials, as well as how to qualify for the KSA-based Youth Services Endorsement to NAWDP's Certified Workforce Development Professional credential.
    Presenter(s):
    Jennifer Kemp, Senior Policy Advisor, US DOL Office of Disability Employment Policy
    Sean Roy, Project Director, Transition and Workforce Partnerships, PACER Center and National Collaborative on Workforce and Policy
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    Workshop Title: Community Collaboration for Foster Youth
    Workshop Description:
    During the past two years community organizations, education and workforce development providers in Kern County, including Kern High School District's PEPNet-awarded REAP initiative, have worked together to better serve current and emancipated foster youth. In this workshop, you will learn how these agencies over came barriers of funding, performance goals and missions to provide comprehensive services to youth. Best practices, including the development of a Foster Youth Resource Center and working Coffee House to provide a 'one stop' for foster youth, will be shared.
    Presenter:
    Karine Kanikkeberg, Resource Teacher, Re-entry Education Attainment Program, Kern High School District Career Resource Department
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    Wednesday, Dec. 5th, 3:30 - 5:00 pm: Sessions D1-D2

    Workshop Title: Utilizing Community Resources to Support Career Development Among High-Risk Youth
    Workshop Description:
    Larkin Street Youth Services, through its PEPNet-awarded HIRE UP Program and other initiatives, provides a continuum of housing and support services for homeless and at-risk youth. This presentation will provide an overview of the service needs for this group and outline strategies used to develop job skills and address employment needs. The importance of educational services in preparing youth for employment will be highlighted. Partnering with community allies to provide internships that help to develop youths' career paths will also be discussed.
    Presenter:
    Peter Gerharz, Manager of Workforce Development, HIRE UP Program, Larkin Street Youth Services
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    Workshop Title: Teaching Paradigms that Work: Promoting Academic Growth through Youth Cultural Competence
    Workshop Description:
    Teaching youth at risk of life failure must include engaging, relevant and culturally competent instructional practices and educational support. Most youth who have not succeeded in traditional school settings will not succeed through continued use of these methods of drill and practice, lecture, or irrelevant educational content/context. It seems that there needs to be a major paradigm shift in attitude as well as in teaching behavior and approaches. This session will share solutions from a PEPNet-awarded program, focusing on exploring the necessary changes and required actions needed to meet the needs of a diverse youth population that are youth culturally competent. Presenters will include a program graduate who became a peer support worker.
    Presenter(s):
    Jeffrey Zamoff, Career Services Specialist, The Work Group's Youth Corps Program
    Dr. Jerry Petroff, PhD, Assistant Professor, The College of New Jersey
    Lori Godorov, Executive Director, The Work Group
    Randy Cabrera, Peer Support Worker, The Work Group
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    Thursday, Dec. 6th, 8:30 - 10:00 am: Sessions E1-E2

    Workshop Title:
    Strategies for Engaging Struggling Students and Out-of-School Youth in Education
    Workshop Description:
    Are you interested in learning about ways to re-engage students who are struggling in or have dropped out of school in their education? Would you like to know how to accommodate a variety of learning styles and skill levels in your education program? Join this session to learn about dropout recovery efforts across the country and how education can be used as a tool to reach disconnected youth. Learn how PEPNet-awarded Open Meadow Alternative Schools is successfully reaching disconnected youth through small, relationship-based programs that emphasize personal responsibility, academics, and service to the community. This workshop will provide an overview of Open Meadow Alternative Schools and detailed information about Open Meadow High School. The session will feature two Open Meadow High School students who participated in City Corps, an Open Meadow-City of Portland partnership that seeks to involve youth in the civic process.
    Presenter(s):
    Nancy Martin, Director, Capacity Building Initiatives, National Youth Employment Coalition
    Cara Van Gorder-Lasof, Teacher/Advocate, Open Meadow High School
    Anjelica Whitney, Student, Open Meadow High School
    Abby Parker, Student, Open Meadow High School
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    Workshop Title: Diversity is Important for Finance Too!
    Workshop Description:
    Staff from a PEPNet-awarded, highly diversified organization will provide tips, tools, and advice on developing a diversified and more stable funding portfolio. Discussion will be held on various funding streams and their possible application to provide a broad array of services. For example, Gulf Coast Trades Center has been able to fund YouthBuild modeled programs without using actual YouthBuild funds by developing an innovative and creative match of different funding streams.
    Presenter(s):
    Ronald Rea, Secretary, Board of Directors, Gulf Coast Trades center
    C.J. Snipes, Chief of Staff, Gulf Coast Trades Center
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