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2016 NYEC Annual Forum

October 18-19, The Hamilton Hotel, Washington, D.C.

(Subject to Change)

Draft Agenda for October 18, beginning at 2:00 p.m. (Joint Session with Opportunity Youth Network)

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.     Panel discussions and audience interaction and reflection on federal policy related to connecting opportunity youth to family-sustaining careers. Invited guests include key federal officials and representatives from the presidential campaigns.

4:00 onward           Closing of Opportunity Youth Network Annual Summit and reception hosted by Opportunity Youth Network, NYEC, and Youth Transitions Funders Group.

NOTE: NYEC attendees have the option to attend the full OYN Summit on October 17-18 as space allows; see details on NYEC's Forum registration site.


Draft Agenda for October 19, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.   Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 8:45           Welcome

8:45 - 9:30           Opening Remarks and Activity - David Johns, Executive Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans

9:30 - 9:45           Break

9:45 - 10:45         Discussion Sessions I*

10:45 - 11:00        Break

11:00 - noon         Discussion Sessions II*

Noon - 12:30         Lunch and Networking

12:30 - 1:00          Group Reflection: Policy Priorities

1:00 - 2:0              Plenary Session

2:00 - 2:15            Break

2:15 - 3:15            Discussion Sessions III*

3:15 - 3:30            Break and Reconvene

3:30 - 4:00            Reflection and Commitment to Action - Robert Sainz, Assistant General Manager, City of Los Angeles

4:00 - 4:30            NYEC Annual Member Meeting

4:30                      Adjourn

* A selection of discussion sessions include the below (presenters in parentheses; subject to change): 

  • A Knack for Stack: Emerging Models for Career Pathways Leading to Diplomas, Credentials, and Jobs (Chanda Robinson, Our Piece of the Pie; Tamara Stump, Center for Workforce Innovation)
  • Bridging the Gaps: Collaboration between Youth Employment and Vocational Rehabilitation to Serve People with Disabilities (Curtis Richards, Institute for Educational Leadership)
  • Let's Make a Deal: Negotiating Appropriate Performance Levels for Harder-to-Serve Youth (Della Hughes, Brandeis Center for Youth and Communities)
  • Surviving and Thriving: Incorporating Trauma-Informed Care and Other Therapeutic Approaches in Youth Workforce Development (Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend, Philadelphia Youth Network; Caitlin Schnur, Heartland Alliance)
  • What's Next for the Reengagement Movement: Expanding Services and Emerging Opportunities (Cindy Evans, Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board; Andrew Moore, National League of Cities)
  • Work in Progress:  Designing and Implementing High-Quality Work Experiences for Youth (Katie Spiker, National Skills Coalition; Daniel Tsin, Urban Alliance)
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