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Youth First 2014
"Building a Stronger Community"

Youth First 2014 will take place on Friday, February 7, 2014
at the Riverside Conference Center in Stafford County.

This Year's Theme & Service Project!
Tthis year's Youth First Conference theme will be "Ignite Your Potential". As with last year's conference, participants will vote for the vendor that has the best display and that vendor will win the covetedYOFI award.

In addition, the Youth First Partners have decided that this year's service project will be a benefit for Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area. For more information on this great organization, click here. Participants are asked to provide gift cards of any amount to Wal-Mart, Target, Staples, Michael's, or AC-Moore. These gift cards will be placed on the 'Giving Tree' to be donated to Smart Beginnings.
If you have questions, email Ben Nagle (ben@officeonyouth.org).

Youth First 2014 Agenda

8:00am - Vendor Registration
8:30am - Participant Registration/Breakfast/Vendor Exhibits
10:15am - Welcome & Introduction
10:30am - 12:00pm- Keynote Presentation
12:00pm - 1:00pm - Lunch & Vendor Exhibits
1:00pm - 1:45pm - Breakout Session Part A
1:45pm - 2:00pm - Break & Afternoon Snack
2:00pm - 2:45pm - Breakout Session Part B
2:45pm - Vendor Prizes/Closing Remarks

Keynote Presentation

Presenter: Steve Gross
Bright Sight Group

Speaker Bio:

Steve Gross, M.S.W., is the Executive Director and Chief Playmaker of the Life is good Kids Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that uses play to strengthen and heal children whose lives have been deeply impacted by trauma. He has devoted his career to the service of our most vulnerable children. A pioneer in utilizing exuberant, joyful play to promote resiliency in children and their caregivers, and a leader in the field of psychological trauma response, Gross is committed to the healthy development of children facing the most challenging circumstances. Gross and his team are leading a national movement of childcare providers who have the skills, insights and artistry to use play with the children in their daily care in a way that promotes security, confidence and compassion. This foundation of playfulness allows children to engage the world with passion and joy while giving them the courage and creativity to see possibilities and solutions in the face of adversity. In the past three years, the team has credentialed over 2,000 Playmakers who have helped to heal and strengthen over 70,000 children. On an international level, Gross has implemented child trauma intervention projects with the Center for Trauma Psychology in response to the greatest tragedies of our time, including the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Following the massive Turkish earthquakes of 1999 and 2000, Gross helped create a classroom-based trauma intervention (CBI) that helped surviving children regain a sense of safety, share their stories of survival and plan hopefully for the future. To date, this intervention has served over 250,000 children around the world including Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Gaza, Sudan, Burundi, and Nepal. Gross has received rave reviews from for-profit and nonprofit organizations, regional and national conferences and associations, and schools and universities as a gifted, inspirational and passionate speaker whose lessons help his audience access their own playfulness, energy and creativity to reach their full potential.

Breakout Session Part A & B ::

Tom Davidson


Session Description:
Ethics session will immerse participants in the subject of ethics and value-based decision making. It will include an audience survey using an electronic audience response system; table-top discussions on generic and unique case studies; large-group discussions and the presentation of a model of key principles.
By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify situations where ethics is at least part of the presenting problem
  • Recognize how their own values affect decisions and may normally clash with other well-intended stakeholders
  • Apply segments of a best-practice model to real-world situations back at work

Speaker Bio:
Having grown from forester to vice president of human resources and organization development, Tom learned leadership from the ground up and now helps leaders and their organizations make similarly successful transitions.
Tom’s formal education includes BS degrees in forestry and agricultural economics from North Carolina State University, an MBA from the University of Richmond, and an MS in organization development from The American University and NTL Institute in Washington, DC.
Tom’s operations experience includes mature, fast-growth, turn around, downsizing and greenfield startups situations. He is also a former trail guide, survival instructor, fire fighter, forester, columnist, and radio talk show host.
Tom is co-founder and past-president of the International Coach Federation, Greater Richmond Chapter, and past-president of the National Speakers Association in Virginia.
In addition, he is certified in a wide range of assessment instruments and has earned the professional designations of Senior Professional in Human Resources and Professional Certified Coach, one of a handful of professionals in the world to hold both certifications.
Tom is the author of The 8 Greatest Mistakes New Managers Make: Surviving Your Transition to a Leadership Position and co-author of the RangeFinder: The Leadership DISC Profile for Natural Resource Professionals.

Please email any questions you may have to Ben Nagle (ben@officeonyouth.org).

Special Thanks to Last Year's Sponsors!

Keynote Sponsor
Mary Washington Healthcare - Snowden at Fredericksburg

Lunch Sponsors
Compass Counseling Services
Grafton Integrated Health Network
National Counseling Group

Breakfast Sponsors
Centra Health, Rivermont Schools & Bridges
Dominion Youth Services
Extra Special Parents

Snack Sponsors
Hallmark Youth Care
Poplar Springs
Virginia Home for Boys & Girls



Current as of
October 1, 2013

Registration is OPEN!

Vendor Registration

Participant Registration/Breakfast/
Vendor Exhibits

Welcome & Introduction

Keynote Presentation

Lunch/Vendor Exhibits

Breakout Session

Break/Afternoon Snack

Vendor Prizes/Closing Remarks

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