10:00-10:30 AM

Optional: Yoga and Meditation

Amanda Ruud, Training Delivery Specialist, Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, The Forum for Youth Investment

Amanda Ruud, Weikart Center Training Delivery Specialist and RYT-200 yoga instructor, led a gentle, guided, all-level chair yoga and meditation practice that will help you start your day centered and energized. No prior experience with yoga or meditation is required.


11:00 AM-12:30 PM

Plenary: From Ideas to Impact: Creating Equitable Learning & Development Ecosystems
  • Karen Pittman, Senior Fellow, The Forum for Youth Investment
  • Stephanie Andrews, Interim Executive Director of Student and Family Support Services, Tulsa Public Schools
  • Greg MacPherson, Chief Big Thought Institute Officer, Big Thought Dallas
  • Kim Price, SEAL Manager, Denver Public Schools
  • Kristen Rulison, SEL Manager, Palm Beach County Public Schools
  • Caroline Shaw, Executive Director, The Opportunity Project, Tulsa
  • Juany Valdespino-Gaytan, Executive Director for Social Emotional Learning, Dallas Independent School District
  • Miranda Cook, SEAL Manager/DAA Learn Lead, Denver Afterschool Alliance
  • Katherine Gopie, Director of Professional Development, Prime Time Palm Beach County, Inc.

Forum co-founder, Karen Pittman, has recently transitioned from her role as CEO to senior fellow. This rewiring (not retiring) allows her more time and space to focus on the big ideas that help drive the allied youth fields. Karen shared her latest thinking about what it will take for us to create equitable learning and development ecosystems that engage all learners and all adults in all settings.

Karen was then joined by representatives from four of the communities featured in the Wallace Foundation’s recent Partnership for Social Emotional Learning Initiative Podcast Series – Dallas, Denver, Palm Beach County and Tulsa. These district and out-of-school-time leaders shared what they have learned about partnering across school and out-of-school time settings and how all adults can be engaged in supporting young people’s social and emotional learning and development.

1:30-2:45 PM

Workshops Round 3

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Closing the Equity Gap for LGBTQ Youth: Blueprints for Change

A Deeper Look – The Partnership for Social Emotional Learning

Engaging Young People In a Virtual Setting

How do You Support Practitioner and Manager SEL Competency Development?

Launch, a Journey: How Opportunity Youth and United Way Learned Together

Not All Dollars Are Created Equal: Building Resilient Systems with Local Funds

Our Journey to Bolder, Clearer, Tougher: A Candid Conversation on Living our Organization’s Antiracist Ideals

The Power of Social Media to Document & Amplify Youth-Led Movements


3:00-4:30 PM

Closing Plenary: Youth and Young Adults Leading the Way
  • Dr. Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Professor of Education, Psychology & Neuroscience, University of Southern California
  • Dr. DeLeon Gray, Associate Professor, Educational Psychology, North Carolina State University
  • Marlén Mendoza, SparkAction Partnerships Lead, The Forum for Youth Investment
  • Sofia Jaquez, Youth Leader, San Jose Conservation Corps
  • Cloud Benn, Youth Advisory Board Member, NOLA Children & Youth Planning Board
  • Pragya Upreti, Youth Leader, Kentucky Student Voice Team

Perhaps the best part of a horrible year has been the ways diverse youth and young adults stepped up to lead the change so sorely needed in our country around racial equity, pandemic response, and economic recovery. We closed out our time together hearing a few of these young leaders reflect on the unique styles of leadership they are creating and ways adult allies can help. We grounded ourselves in research on adolescent brain development, engagement, equity and belonging that shows why young leaders are positioned to lead societal change. Then, we were joined by a panel of youth and young adult leaders who shared their perspectives on youth action and activism, adolescents’ determination, and their vision for our nation.

4:30-5:00 PM

Reflections on the Day

Larry Pasti, Consultant, The Forum for Youth Investment

This session was not recorded due to it being mostly in breakout sessions.

Participats gathered at the end of this packed day of learning to network and reflect on what was heard and how these ideas can be implemented.

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