Youth Development Conferences
Sierra Health Foundation hosted regional youth conferences in 2010, 2008 and 2007. Following are summaries of each conference.
2010 Regional Youth Development Conference
Endless Possibilities: Hope, Passion, Purpose
Nov. 19, 2010
Held at Sacramento State University, this high-energy conference provided an opportunity for almost 600 youth and adults from throughout the region to network, learn promising practices and share resources.
Urban educator Jeffrey Duncan-Andrade shared an impassioned keynote address titled, Note to Educators: Hope Required When Growing Roses in Concrete, and conference participants heard various viewpoints from a six-person, multigenerational Education Panel. Activities included inspirational Native American drumming, team-building activities, 25 workshops, spoken-word performances, fun learning in the Youth Lounge and campus tours.
2008 REACH Youth Development Conference
Our Voices Creating a New World
July 9, 2008
A Northern California heat wave didn't keep almost 500 youth and adults from participating in this conference, held at the Radisson Hotel in Sacramento. The conference brought people together to talk about ways youth and adults can work together to create a positive, healthy environment for young people.
Conference participants were inspired by keynote speaker David Muhammad from the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services in Washington, D.C., who spoke on Unlocking the Unlimited Potential of Our Youth. Shuntae Campbell, a Meadowview youth organizer with Sacramento Area Congregations Together, shared his experience of being a gang member and then turning his life around to become a leader for youth in his community. Guest speaker Jenny Bogoni from the Philadelphia Youth Network gave an informational talk about Project U-Turn, a successful citywide campaign that keeps disconnected and disadvantaged youth in school.
2007 REACH Regional Youth Development Conference
Changing the Odds for Youth: Strategies for Mobilizing Community Change
July 10, 2007
Almost 300 youth and adults participated in the first REACH Regional Youth Development Conference, held at McClellan Park in North Highlands. Participants learned the importance of youth development principles and what communities, organizations and individuals can do to help young people live healthy, successful lives.
Guest speakers included Karen Pittman and Merita Irby, co-founders of The Forum for Youth Investment in Washington, D.C., as well as members of Nashville Oasis Community Impact, who shared stories about successfully engaging youth in their community.