2014 National Conference

The eleventh biennial conference, FOCUS 2014, will take place October 1-3 in Louisville, Ky. As a conference and networking opportunity for individuals in the youth services field, FOCUS 2014 will center on various topics, including program management/supervision, direct care, executive leadership/development, Safe Place and street outreach. This conference will be the first hosted by the National Safe Place Network, the organization established after the merger between National Safe Place and the Youth & Family Services Network.

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Samples of Conference Workshops

  • Benefits of Implementing Trauma Informed Care
  • Abundance Mentality vs. Scarcity Mentality: Increasing Organizational Sustainability
  • Football and Fundraising: Scoring Donations
  • Using Host Homes for your Rural Safe Place Programs
  • Developing Services for Sexually Exploited Youth
  • Come Together: A Non-Traditional Community Model for Safe Place
  • Accessing Resources in your Community: Ensuring Survival in a Competitive Environment
  • Living in the System: First-hand Experiences from Youth
  • The Runaway and Homeless Youth Act: Where it’s Been. Where it is. Where it’s Going.
  • Bridging the Gap: Building a Community of Support
  • And More!

Registration Rates

NSPN Members or Licensed Safe Place Agencies:
$250 - On or Before 8/1/14
$275 – After 8/1/14
$350 – On or Before 8/1/14
$375 – After 8/1/14

*Register 4 or more people and each person will receive a $25 discount

Keynote Speakers

Christian Conte, Ph.D., is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Psychologist, and Level V Certified Anger Management Specialist. He is the author of several books and videos, a professional speaker and television personality. Dr. Conte co-founded a center in South Lake Tahoe, CA to rehabilitate people who were convicted of violent crimes. He has more than 16,000 hours of clinical counseling experience and is the founder of Yield Theory. His books and videos are used to train and educate people from universities to state prison institutions. He travels throughout the country to bring a message of compassion, peace and acceptance.

Justin Reed Early is an author and public speaker who was homeless in Seattle, San Francisco and New York for much of his adolescent and teenage years. He was born in Bellingham, Washington and was a credited participant in “Streetwise,” the 1984 documentary that was nominated for an Academy Award.

Justin was inspired to write STREET CHILD: A Memoir, an independent project which has garnered international success, while watching a Dateline NBC special about the Green River Killer who was active in the Pacific Northwest in the early 1980s and early 1990s. A childhood friend of Justin’s was the killer’s 42nd victim.

Justin spent many years as a public speaker (HIV and Gang Prevention programs); was a co-founding Board Member of the popular youth agency, BAY Positives, in San Francisco; and served on the board of the National Network for Youth in Washington, D.C.

Justin Currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his Chihuahua, Biggy Smallz. He works in financial services (private wealth management) and remains an advocate for homeless and disadvantaged youth and adults.

Hotel Information

The Brown Hotel
335 West Broadway
Louisville, KY 40202

Room Rate: $139

To make hotel reservations, please contact the hotel directly at  888.888.5252 or book online at:


When reserving over the phone, don’t forget to mention you are with the National Safe Place Network Conference to receive the special discounted rate. Hotel Reservations Deadline: August 29, 2014

Visitor Information

For more information about thing to do and see around Louisville, visit the Louisville Convention and Visitor’s Bureau at: http://www.gotolouisville.com/play/index.aspx

Do You Focus?

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Week 6, Second Clue:

This song was released in 2014.

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Past Clues:

  • Week 1, First Clue – Don’t leave these at the Heartbreak Hotel.
  • Week 1, Second Clue – This song was written in 1955.
  • Week 1, Third Clue – Lyric: “Honey, lay off of my shoes.”
  • Week 1, Fourth Clue – Carl Perkins first recorded this song and Elvis Presley made it famous.
  • Week 1 Song“Blue Suede Shoes”
  • Week 2, First Clue – Her shoes must be very expensive – that’s crazy.
  • Week 2, Second Clue – This song was released in 1986.
  • Week 2, Third Clue – Lyric: “Well that’s one way to lose these walking blues.”
  • Week 2, Fourth Clue – Paul Simon wrote and sang this song.
  • Week 2 Song“Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes”
  • Week 3, First Clue – Not to be confused with the Presidential transportation.
  • Week 3, Second Clue – This song was released in 2002.
  • Week 3, Third Clue – Lyric: “Now if you looked and seen lime green forces and kiwi, you couldn’t get this color if you had a personal genie.”
  • Week 3, Fourth Clue – Rapper Nelly performed this song.
  • Week 3 Song – “Air Force Ones”
  • Week 4, First Clue – This recording artist “from the block” likes walking in YSLs.
  • Week 4, Second Clue – This song was released in 2007.
  • Week 4, Third Clue – Lyric: ” I’m walkin’ tall, I don’t let their hatred test me.”
  • Week 4, Fourth Clue – This song was performed by Jennifer Lopez.
  • Week 4 Song“Mile in These Shoes”
  • Week 5, First Clue – This is really annoying when it happens at the beach.
  • Week 5, Second Clue – This song was released in 1964.
  • Week 5, Third Clue – Lyric: “The heat wave and crowds are just old news.”
  • Week 5, Fourth Clue – Johnny Moore and the Drifters performed this song.
  • Week 5 Song – “I’ve Got Sand in my Shoes”
  • Week 6, First Clue – This song title is part of the Focus 2014 theme.

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