Friday, October 7th

7:30 AM – 8:15 AM

Breakfast on your own

Hotel breakfast room

Late Registration and YVC Store

8:15 AM – 9:00 AM

Opening Session

Salon A

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM

Break

9:15 AM – 10:45 AM

Youth Icebreakers - IYAB & Sarah Miller | Red (Fire Room), Green (Earth Room), Blue (Metal Room)

*The colored dots on the back of your nametag indicate which room you should proceed to:

  • Red – Fire Room
  • Green – Earth Room
  • Blue – Metal Room

 


Meet, hang out, and compete with other youth during this icebreaker session!

 

The International Youth Advisory Board is a group of youth leaders from all over the YVC network that make a difference within the YVC Network every day and learn leadership skills that will aid them in making a difference in their communities for years to come.

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM

Break

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

A Global Perspective on Volunteering - Dominic Nkuubi | Wood Room

Wood Room


At home in Kampala, Uganda, Dominic spends much of his time serving others. Please join him in learning about how he gives back to his community and learn skills that you can incorporate in your own volunteer programs.

 

Dominic Savio Nkuubi is partnering with YVCHQ through the U.S. State Department’s Community Engagement Exchange Program. Dominic is an emerging young leader from Kampala, Uganda and is working at HQ for twelve weeks. Dominic brings a global perspective to HQ and will take valuable skills back to Uganda for his own career endeavors.

Anchor Decks - Lindsay Sites & YVC Reading | Metal Room

Metal Room


We will be looking at the rising crisis amongst youth: mental health and holding open and transparent discussions on what youth mental health looks like in your area and sharing a tool, created by our Youth Advisory Board, that can help to combat mental health and suicide amongst youth. You will be given the opportunity to see the product, be made aware of the program offered alongside and see how it could fit into your YVC Program! Our youth created, Anchor Decks, were designed to serve as a tool for youth who are struggling with mental health symptoms. The Anchor Decks were created as a grounding tool to be utilized when youth are feeling emotions that are unpleasant. The mission is to bring the individual struggling with negative emotions back into the present and to serve as a reminder that negative feelings are temporary and that the anchors, represented in the deck, can serve as a tool and a reminder to focus on the positive that surrounds them. Join us as we Anchor and do our part in addressing youth mental health.

 

Lindsay Sites, Program Director of Youth Volunteer Corps of Reading, holds a degree in Behavioral Health and Addiction Science and has a passion for mental health and the prevention of suicide.

Rooted in Community - Taylor Neff | Fire Room

Fire Room


We are part of the land community. Learn about land use practices, how they impact local ecosystems, and how we can protect our communities with trees and stewardship.

 

Taylor is an arborist and naturalist with Heartland Tree Alliance, working to engage people of Kansas City to take action and advocate for a healthy community forest. She works part-time with the Savanna Institute and Prairie Birthday Farm, where they integrate trees and farming to foster ecological resilience and climate stability. Taylor began her nonprofit career at YVC Headquarters and later as an AmeriCorps Team Leader with YVCKC. She volunteers for the Missouri Department of Conservation and partners.

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM

Lunch

Los Cabos

Please meet in the hotel lobby to walk with the adult supervisors to Los Cabos for lunch. If you have a food allergy, please connect with the adult supervisor so they can let the restaurant know.

1:15 PM – 1:30 PM

Break

1:45 PM – 3:00 PM

Draw Your Future with Agilities - Cindy Schluckebier | *Wood Room

* The first letter of your last name indicates which room you should proceed. to:

  • A-H – Wood Room, Draw Your Future with Agilities
  • I-Z – Salon A, Pathway Financial Education

Research shows if you draw a picture of your desired future, view it, and take action, you’ll increase your goal achievement by 42%. You don’t have to be a great artist! This fun activity helps you think about your skills and interests within the context of your current reality, desired future, and necessary steps to achieve your goals.

 

Cindy Schluckebier is the Integration Specialist at The DeBruce Foundation, where she helps individuals explore what they like to do and what they are good at so they can connect to a variety of career options to expand their future success.

Pathway Financial Education - Latasha Wilson | *Salon A

* The first letter of your last name indicates which room you should proceed. to:

  • A-H – Wood Room, Draw Your Future with Agilities
  • I-Z – Salon A, Pathway Financial Education

Are you curious about investing and want to learn more about it? Well, in this game you will learn a few of the key principles of investing.  At each level of the game, you will move to new levels. Ultimately, you will gain the knowledge needed not just to win the game but to achieve your own financial success and teach what you have learned to your peers and family. So, are you GAME?

 

Latasha is the Executive Director for Pathway Financial Education and is co-founder of CornerStone Enterprise, Ltd.  She is a licensed CPA with a B.S. degree in Accounting from University of Maryland, UC. Latasha has over 25 years of leadership experience in finance and accounting at Fortune 500 companies like Sprint and Humana-Kindred at Home, federal government expertise at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the private sector at Hallmark. In addition, she has owned and operated her own tax business. Throughout her career, serving has been at the center. She has been on the board of Spofford Home serving as Treasurer, Vice Chairman, and Chairman as well as the Cornerstones of Care Foundation board and Investment committee.

3:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Break

3:15 PM – 4:30 PM

Draw Your Future with Agilities - Cindy Schluckebier | Wood Room

Wood Room


Research shows if you draw a picture of your desired future, view it, and take action, you’ll increase your goal achievement by 42%. You don’t have to be a great artist! This fun activity helps you think about your skills and interests within the context of your current reality, desired future, and necessary steps to achieve your goals.

 

Cindy Schluckebier is the Integration Specialist at The DeBruce Foundation, where she helps individuals explore what they like to do and what they are good at so they can connect to a variety of career options to expand their future success.

Pathway Financial Education - Latasha Wilson | Salon A

Salon A


Are you curious about investing and want to learn more about it? Well, in this game you will learn a few of the key principles of investing.  At each level of the game, you will move to new levels. Ultimately, you will gain the knowledge needed not just to win the game but to achieve your own financial success and teach what you have learned to your peers and family. So, are you GAME?

 

Latasha is the Executive Director for Pathway Financial Education and is co-founder of CornerStone Enterprise, Ltd.  She is a licensed CPA with a B.S. degree in Accounting from University of Maryland, UC. Latasha has over 25 years of leadership experience in finance and accounting at Fortune 500 companies like Sprint and Humana-Kindred at Home, federal government expertise at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the private sector at Hallmark. In addition, she has owned and operated her own tax business. Throughout her career, serving has been at the center. She has been on the board of Spofford Home serving as Treasurer, Vice Chairman, and Chairman as well as the Cornerstones of Care Foundation board and Investment committee.

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

IYAB Meeting & Dinner

Fire Room

Summit Conference Attendees – Night on Your Own!

Saturday, October 8th

7:30 AM – 8:15 AM

Breakfast on your own

Hotel breakfast room

YVC Store

8:15 AM – 8:30 AM

Break

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Your Path to Leadership - Katie Ervin | Metal Room

Metal Room


Learn how to use your leadership skills to create your career journey. Understand who you are and how you create your path to the future.

 

Dr. Katie Ervin, CEO of Catalyst Development, has spent her career focusing on intentional leadership, skill building, and organizational health. For over two decades, she has established her reputation as a transformational leader who is driven by challenge, undeterred by obstacles, and committed to furthering standards of excellence. Her expertise encompasses all aspects of organizational development by harnessing team strengths to improve overall performance. Her goal with every client is to build consensus, promote transparency and influence positive change in the organizational culture. Katie loves spending time with her amazing husband, traveling, and playing golf. She has two adult children, and she loves cooking them homemade meals and generally spoiling them anytime they are home!

Uniting our City and Celebrating our Differences - Ray Jarrett | Wood Room

Wood Room


Uniting our city across racial lines is something we can all do; however, many people don’t know how and where to start. This workshop will focus on several areas including why we should engage in unity, how to begin, and facilitating the creation of an action plan at the youth and adult level.

 

Ray Jarrett is the Executive Director of Unite KC, a business owner, and a successful author. Unite KC is a vibrant organization that unites people through education, conversation, and a unifying strategy to engage and encourage people to do “One Good Thing”.

10:00 AM – 10:10 AM

Break

10:10 AM – 10:35 AM

Group photo out back

Please proceed to the back courtyard of the hotel

10:35 AM – 10:45 AM

Break

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Combatting the Mental Health Crisis: What Role do You Play? - Dr. Meghan Kanya & Dr. Meredith Ehrhardt | Salon A

Salon A


This workshop will provide an overview of the current state of youth mental health in the United States and discuss practical opportunities for both prevention and intervention. The hope of the presenters is that this workshop can be both interactive and experiential. Information and resources will be shared via presentation. Opportunities for participants to engage in self-care activities aimed at reducing compassion fatigue will be included. Additionally, brainstorming for school and community-based programming that can be implemented by youth will take place. The goal is for the audience to leave this workshop feeling empowered to identify mental health concerns in themselves and peers and to use their own creativity and passion for helping to design and implement programming in their communities.

 

Dr. Kanya is a pediatric psychologist at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO, specializing in anxiety and depression in childhood and adolescence. She just completed her doctoral training through Northern Illinois University in 2021 and a postdoctoral fellowship at Children’s Mercy Hospital from 2021-2022. Her training has included work in prevention and intervention for mental health concerns across the lifespan, with a focus on children, adolescents, and families. Dr. Kanya is passionate about community education and volunteering. One of her favorite experiences volunteering has been working with incarcerated youth to promote social-emotional learning through the use of shelter dogs. In her spare time, Dr. Kanya enjoys spending time with her dog and new kitten, tending to her plants, and enjoying exploring Kansas City. Dr. Ehrhardt is a pediatric psychology postdoctoral fellow at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO, specializing in hematology/oncology. She completed her doctoral training through the University of Tulsa in 2022 and her predoctoral internship at Children’s Mercy Hospital from 2021-2022. Her training has included work with youth and their families from diverse backgrounds in medical inpatient and outpatient settings. She has a passion for serving children and adolescents with chronic medical conditions, such as cancer and sickle cell disease, and promoting psychological wellbeing in the midst of medical trauma. In her spare time, Dr. Ehrhardt enjoys reading fiction novels, participating in TRX fitness classes, and spending time with her husband and new pup.

STEM Service Projects - Sarah Miller | Metal Room

Metal Room


Want to incorporate more simple STEM service projects into your YVC program? Join us as we try our hand at simple, STEM service projects that you can have on hand for long-term project planning, or have at the ready for when you need to plan something fast.

 

Sarah is the Affiliate Programs and Growth Manager for YVCHQ. Sarah supports the YVC network as a member of the Affiliate Services Team, works to expand the YVC mission by developing new affiliates, and is the staff sponsor for IYAB.

12:15 PM – 1:00 PM

Lunch

Salon A

If you have a food allergy, please connect with an adult supervisor or YVC staff member so they can let the hotel know.

1:00 PM – 1:15 PM

Break

1:15 PM – 4:15 PM

Service Projects: Construction/STEM

Please gather in the back courtyard of the hotel

4:45 PM – 6:30 PM

Prepare for evening event

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Awards Ceremony and Dinner

Salon A