On October 1-3, 2014, more than one hundred youth service professionals gathered in Louisville for National Safe Place Network’s Focus 2014 Conference – “Walk a Mile in My Shoes,” at The Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. Attendees had the opportunity to network and discuss ideas of significance related to strengthening youth family services.
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!
In addition to conference workshops and seminars, major events included:
Opening Session and Keynote: The opening conference keynote was delivered by Justin Reed Early, author of STREET CHILD: A Memoir and public speaker who was homeless for much of his adolescent and teenage years. Justin also appeared in the 1984 Academy Award-nominated documentary, Streetwise.
Awards Ceremony and Luncheon: Year in and year out, youth service professionals, volunteers, and community organizations work diligently to strengthen youth and families. NSPN recognized individuals, organizations, and companies who have and continue to make a difference in the lives of youth. Click HERE to view the list of 2014 NSPN Award winners.
General Session and Keynote: Dr. Christian Conte, licensed professional counselor, nationally-certified psychologist, and Level V anger management specialist, delivered the general session keynote speech. Dr. Conte has over 16,000 hours of clinical counseling experience and is the founder of Yield Theory. He travels throughout the country to bring a message of compassion, peace, and acceptance.
Focus 2014 was made possible with the support of NSPN’s Board of Directors, Advisory Board, and member agencies.
Please enjoy these images from Focus 2014!