Thursday, October 12th

 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Summit Check-In

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

New Leader Training- Part 1 - Leah Boal and Danette Seffens | Vienna

This session is designed to offer new YVC Program Directors a chance to review foundational YVC topics, ask and discuss some big questions, and reflect on their first few years, months, weeks, or days of YVC.


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Friday, October 13th

7:30 AM – 8:15 AM

Breakfast Buffet

Salon IV

Late Check-in and YVC Store

8:15 AM – 9:00 AM

Opening Session

Salon IV

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM

Assist in boarding youth + Break

9:15 AM – 10:45 AM

New Leader Training- Part 2 - Leah Boal and Danette Seffens | Vienna

Please only attend if you attended Part 1 on Thursday evening! This session is designed to offer new YVC Program Directors a chance to review foundational YVC topics, ask and discuss some big questions, and reflect on their first few years, months, weeks, or days of YVC.


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Self Care for Caring Individuals - Rori Hernandez and Keisha Scott | Salon II

Individuals who care for others often forget to care for themselves. Join us to learn about the eight dimensions of self-care and how to holistically incorporate them into your daily life. This workshop will equip attendees with skills to create a personalized approach to caring for themselves. Participants will also make their positive affirmation stones!


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Asset vs. Deficit Views: Changing How We Think About Marginalized Groups - Quentin Francis, YVC Ann Arbor | Salon III

Many of the service-learning opportunities our volunteers experience involve marginalized or underserved communities. In this session, we will explore how we view the communities we serve can either help our volunteers build important connections and understanding or continue to uphold harmful stereotypes.


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10:45 AM – 11:00 AM


11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Service Through STEM: A School-Based Partnership - PJ Davis & Jeremy Wall | Salon III

Service Through STEM was piloted across nine schools in Newport News in the 2022-2023 academic year. The program engaged high school students year-round by integrating STEM education with mental health, career exploration, and leadership training. This presentation will discuss the benefits of near-peer mentoring, particularly for underrepresented youth. Attendees will gain insights into overcoming logistical challenges and how to expand school partnerships.


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Creating Restorative Learning Environments for Youth - Heather Canziales & Xavier Graves | Salon VIII

Restorative Justice is more than a tool; it is a worldview that can create the culture our youth need to become thriving leaders. This interactive workshop will allow project and youth leaders to understand the parts of themselves, their students, and their organizations that prevent them from implementing restorative Justice effectively. This workshop will include a baseline introduction to restorative justice practices and demonstrations of ways to implement restorative Justice to prevent and address student needs expressed through behavior.


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12:30 PM – 1:15 PM


Salon IV

If you have a food allergy, please connect with Betsy Calmer or another YVC staff member so they can let the hotel know. 

1:15 PM – 1:30 PM


1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Navigating the Impact of Trauma on Youth - Shawntel Shirkey | Salon I

What do YVC leaders need to know about how trauma impacts youth volunteers? In this workshop, we will work to expand our understanding of what trauma is, how it impacts the brain, and what that means for youth attending our projects. This will be an interactive workshop, so come with any questions or ideas you might already have and be ready to engage with one another.


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Money Matters-Fundraising and Beyond -Tracy Hale | Salon VIII

Learn about YVCHQ’s fundraising landscape, resources available to you, tried and true fundraising tips from Tracy, and ways we can collaborate in our efforts to fund our programs.

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3:00 PM – 3:15 PM


3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

Adult Reception


5:00 PM

Summit Conference Attendees – Night on Your Own!

7:00 PM

Board Games – come hang out and connect with one another in a fun way!

Salon I

PDs are still responsible for supervision

Saturday, October 14th

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM

Breakfast Buffet

Salon IV

Please wear your Summit shirt and closed-toe shoes!

YVC Store is open

8:00 AM – 8:15 AM

Opening Session Day Two

8:15 AM – 8:45 AM

Group Photo

8:45 AM – 9:00 AM


9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

The Ladder of Youth Voice and Authentic Youth Adult Partnership - Hannah Jarman & Rachel Humphrey; Leadership Tulsa | Salon II

Interested in ensuring that your programs center youth voice, choice, and power? Want to be in a collaborative space to think through strategies to position youth as authentic leaders in organizations? This session will be a reflective space to think through the youth voice rubric and determine how to best center youth voice in everything you do!


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Level Up Your Marketing: A Game-Changer Workshop - Betsy Calmer, YVCHQ | Salon VIII

Unlock the secrets to social media success and take your volunteer program to the next level! Staying ahead of the curve is essential in today’s dynamic and competitive social media landscape. This fun and interactive workshop is designed to equip you with the knowledge, strategies, and tools to transform your social media efforts into a game-changing force. And just like any game, prizes will be awarded! 😉


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10:30 AM – 10:45 AM


10:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Discover, Inspire, and Craft: Your Personal Impact Journey - Ryan and Thomas Growney | Salon I

Discover: Share our personal story, why we think it’s worth sharing, and introduce the tools we created to empower ourselves en route to empowering others. These ideas helped us better understand the incredible range of ways to give back, from simple kindness to volunteerism, advocacy, and social impact. This broadened perspective prompted us to reconsider the unique resources and skills we possess within this broader impact framework. Guided by this understanding, we charted a path of engagement that aligns our personal goals with the broader mission of creating a positive local and global impact.

Inspire: We will share three stories of social impact superstars whose stories are worth knowing. We will share the stories of change-makers we profiled in our podcast series and what they inspired in us. Engage in a dynamic group discussion, diving deep into the lessons you draw from these narratives and reflecting on how they reshape your perceptions.

Craft: Let’s try it together. Let’s run through these tools and reflect along the way on how they help reframe or shape how you see the world of service around you, your role in it, and your path to achieving your aspirations. A goal is to help you write a powerful personal narrative, understand the interrelatedness of service, purpose, aspiration, and impact, pinpoint your motivations, recognize your innate strengths, and think about the optimal application for lasting impact. Share it with someone you care about, the organizations you want to advocate and support and keep it current.


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The Ally Workshop - Reading Youth | Salon III

What does it mean to be an ally to a marginalized group such as a racial minority? How can we be better allies to people of color? This workshop, developed and led by students from YVC of Reading’s Stand Together Against Racism (STAR) initiative, is for anyone who wants to create a more inclusive community and world. Listen to stories from different perspectives, learn more about racism from youth advocates, and engage in youth-led discussions on what allyship means and how to move it from a noun to a verb.


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Coalition Building - Julie Ledbetter | Salon VIII

This session covers and brings focus in on the importance of creating key connections to benefit your program. Opening the door to gaining relationships, building collaboration, increasing capacity, and expanding your community outreach.


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12:15 PM – 1:00 PM


Salon IV

If you have a food allergy, please connect with Betsy Calmer or another YVC staff member so they can let the hotel know.

Executive Director Roundtable – Salon VIII

If you are attending the Executive Director Roundtable, please grab your lunch from Salon IV and meet us in Salon VIII


1:15 PM – 3:15 PM


3:15 PM – 4:45 PM 

Adult Service Project - Meet in Salon I
Strategic Focus Area Roundtable - Cathi Duchon | Salon VIII

Join us for a discussion focusing on each YVC Strategic Focus Area! In this workshop, we will share our best projects in each SFA, speak about the unique challenges each SFA brings, and brainstorm projects for the new program year!


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Supporting Youth with Disabilities - Michael Van Walleghem | Salon III

This workshop is for those looking to learn more about making YVC accessible to youth with disabilities. We’ll discuss accommodations, modifications, IEPs, and how these classroom tools can help support your programming.


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4:45 PM – 6:30 PM


6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Awards Ceremony and Dinner

6:15 Doors Open
Dinner at 7:00 PM

Salon IV