This special conference is for youth ages 14-21 preparing to exit foster care, their caregivers, and the professionals who work with them. Attendees will sharpen their understanding of what is available and required for foster youth to successfully transition to adult life.
The opening keynote will feature award-winning international speaker and author Kevin Y. Brown, who brings high energy and an authentic presentation that will provide tangible takeaways to engage youth in creating the results and life that they desire. Born to a young mother who was drug-addicted, at age 1, Kevin entered the California foster care system, where he remained until age of 18. Despite his early encounters with adversity, he excelled academically and graduated from college debt-free, and with honors in both Fashion Design and Business Supply Chain Management. He later became an international advocate for youth in foster care systems domestically and abroad. Kevin also served as a congressional advisor for legislation designed to improve national foster care, and was invited by the iconic civil rights leader and Congressman John Lewis to share his experiences with the United States House of Representatives.
The Thursday plenary presenter will be Monica Sparks, President and CEO of Urban Sparks, the producer of Networking Divas Magazine, Radio For Divas Network and the Networking Diva Conference. As a radio talk show host, author and entrepreneur, Monica Sparks is known as the Networking Diva, a high-energy well-respected business professional with a unique ability to develop and foster strong relationships.
Conference workshops will address: career planning, college supportive programs, health and well-being, housing, job search/employment, legal rights, mentoring, MYOI, money management, resources for older youth, and social media. Evening activities are planned for youth in attendance.
In addition, a special Walk Through Life event will simulate numerous life situations and offer resources to take home during this fun, interactive two-hour session. It is a chance for youth to put into practice many of the life skills they acquired during the conference.
Use the registration form contained in the conference brochure to calculate the amount of funds needed for your funding request (MYOI, YIT, private funding, etc.) to register youth to attend.
Please also consider the sponsor opportunities to help support this event. Early conference sponsors include:
- Lutheran Social Services of Michigan
- Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Youth In Transition
- Michigan Federation for Children and Families
- Fostering Success Michigan
- Saginaw Valley State University
Download the attached brochure to find all the details and registration information.