2014 Fostering Pathways to Success Conference


Date: October 17, 2014
Location: Xenos Christian Fellowship, 1340 Community Park Drive, Columbus OH 43229
Registration: Please visit this link - child welfare staff are required to bring one or more youth.

In 2014, we are combining the Ohio Reach Summit and the Connecting the Dots conference into one event, "Fostering Pathways to Success."

Conference Schedule

8:00 - 9:00 am
Registration opens at 8 am

*Continental Breakfast will continue to be served during the Welcome
9:00 - 10:00 am
Welcome, Opening Remarks and Morning Activities
~ Dr. Terrell Strayhorn
10:15 - 11:00 am
Breakout Session A

Youth Workshop Rooms:
  1. High School Success: Regina Douglas, FCCS
  2. Navigating College Deadlines: Tai Cornute and Maria Sanchez, OSU Todd A. Bell Resource Center
  3. Funding Options for Higher Ed: Stacy Watts, College Now Greater Cleveland
  4. How Healthy is My Relationship: Caitlin Tully, Nationwide Children's Hospital
  5. Resume Clinic and Online Job Search: Connecting the Dots

Youth Kiosks:
  • Health Clinic: (coordinated by Sue Williams)
  • Medicaid and OBB Sign-Up: (with SACWIS assistance)
  • Suits for Success

Adult Workshop Options: (eligible for CEUs)
  • Best Practices in Transitional Housing: Karla McDay, Purple Umbrella Project
  • How to Identify Pathways for Youth: David Morgan, Summit County
  • Orientation of New Ohio Reach Campus Liaisons: Alvin Mares and Chris Klefeker
  • Fostering Success Coaching: A Michigan Model: Jamie Crandell, Western Michigan University
  • Transition from Foster Care to College: Simone Polk, Wright State University
11:15 - Noon
Breakout Session B
Youth Workshop Rooms:
  1. High School Success: Regina Douglas, FCCS
  2. College Survival 101: Tai Cornute and Maria Sanchez, OSU Todd A. Bell Resource Center
  3. Funding Options for Higher Ed: Stacy Watts, College Now Greater Cleveland
  4. How Healthy is My Relationship: Caitlin Tully, Nationwide Children's Hospital
  5. Resume Clinic and Online Job Search: Connecting the Dots
Youth Kiosks:
  • Health Clinic: (coordinated by Sue Williams)
  • Medicaid and OBB Sign-Up: (with SACWIS assistance)
  • Suits for Success
Adult Workshop Options: (eligible for CEUs)
  • Best Practices in Transitional Housing: Karla McDay, Purple Umbrella Project
  • Balance of Permanency and Independent Living: Josh Komives, OHILA
  • Orientation of New Ohio Reach Campus Liaisons: Alvin Mares and Chris Klefeker
  • Fostering Success Coaching: A Michigan Model: Jamie Crandell, Western Michigan University
  • Alumni Student Panel: Simone Polk, Wright State University
Noon - 12:45 pm
Luncheon Keynote:

The Amazing Tei Street is a national motivational speaker with StreetTalk: Motivational Messaging for the Masses. She serves as Program Director for the Office of Outreach and Engagement at the Ohio State University, and Secretary of the Board of Trustees for I Know I Can
1:00 - 1:45 pm
Breakout Session C
Youth Workshop Rooms:
  1. Goal Setting and Time Management: David Morgan, Summit County
  2. College Survival 101: Tai Cornute and Maria Sanchez, OSU Todd A. Bell Resource Center
  3. Job Interview Role Play: Alicia A. Love, The Junior Leagues of Ohio State Public Affairs Committee
  4. Skills to Build Positive Relationships: Eddie Lebron and Dr. Christine Cross
  5. Resume Clinic and Online Job Search: Connecting the Dots
Youth Kiosks:
  • Health Clinic: (coordinated by Sue Williams)
  • Medicaid and OBB Sign-Up: (with SACWIS assistance)
  • Suits for Success
Adult Workshop Options: (eligible for CEUs)
  • PREP: Shannon MartinMorana and Josh Komives
  • Helping Youth Build Permanent Connections: Wendy Shields and Jamole Callahan
  • Educational Training Vouchers: Meeghan Robinson, Foster Care to Success
  • Youth Crisis Scenarios: OHIO Youth Advisory Board and FCAA Ohio
  • Mentoring Roundtable, Part 1: BBBS, HEMI, Open Table and OHIO YAB
2:00 - 2:45 pm
Breakout Session D

Youth and Adult Shared Activities:
  1. Q&A About Housing: Evette Bethel, COHHIO
  2. Networking: Child Welfare Youth and Campus Liaisons: Alvin Mares
  3. Q&A About ETV Funds: Meeghan Robinson, Foster Care to Success
  4. Q&A About Medicaid: Doreen Buchler and Angie Hartman, Ohio Medicaid
  5. Q&A About College Struggles: Dr. Terrell Strayhorn
  6. Mentoring Roundtable, Part 2: BBBS, HEMI, Open Table and OHIO YAB

Additional Youth and Adult Activity Options:
  • Apprenticeship Stations: (and college display tables)
  • Resume Clinic and Online Job Search
  • Suits for Success
3:00 - 3:15 pm
Open Mic begins
~ Facilitated by Dr. Terrell Strayhorn
3:15 - 3:30 pm
Open Mic continues
Raffle Prizes
3:30 pm
Departure