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2023 Forum National Conference

May 10-12, 2023
Detroit, Michigan

This year’s theme – Stronger Systems, Stronger Youth – highlights the power of convening across systems and sectors to:

  • Advance youth development through strengthening programs
  • Support system leaders and practitioners
  • Shape policies

Three days to help you…



At the core of the Forum National Conference are more than fifty sessions designed to educate and inspire the hundreds of leaders in attendance who are working to ensure that all young people reach their fullest potential – in education, work, and life.

The Forum National Conference offers keynotes, plenary sessions, skill-building sessions, peer roundtables and abundant networking opportunities, each designed to support the diverse contributions within the youth development ecosystem while centering the experience and voice of young people and their families.

Practitioners, leaders, policymakers, and stakeholders (such as funders, advocates, and conveners) throughout the youth ecosystem, in fields such as: out-of-school time, workforce development, child welfare, education, juvenile justice, and human services. 

Attending the Forum National Conference offers a range of benefits. By participating in the conference, you will:

  • Build skills with more than 50 sessions designed to educate and inspire attendees on a range of topics related to youth development. These sessions are led by experts in the field and provide practical strategies and tools for improving programs, building capacity, and shaping policy.
  • Cultivate community with abundant networking opportunities to connect with peers and leaders in the field. Attendees will have the chance to share ideas, build relationships, and collaborate with others who are passionate about youth development.
  • Learn and share promising practices that have been successful in improving outcomes for young people. By showcasing local strategies and promising practices, attendees will have the opportunity to learn from these examples and apply them in their own communities.
  • Expand your network by meeting professionals from a range of sectors and organizations and build new relationships with potential partners, funders, and collaborators.

Ultimately, attending the Forum National Conference will provide you with new knowledge, skills, and connections that will help you better support the young people you serve and advance the fields that comprise the youth development ecosystem.

The complete agenda and session descriptions are forthcoming. In the meantime, please see the schedule below for conference start and end times each day.

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

4:30 - 6:00 PM ET

Welcome Plenary

6:00 PM ET


Thursday, May 11, 2023

8:00 - 9:00 AM ET


9:00 - 10:30 AM ET

Morning Plenary

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM ET

Concurrent Sessions

12:15 - 1:45 PM ET

Lunch Keynote

2:00 - 3:15 PM ET

Concurrent Sessions

3:30 - 4:45 PM ET

Concurrent Sessions

6:00 - 9:00 PM ET

Local Partner Event

Friday, May 12, 2023

8:00 - 9:00 AM ET


9:00 - 10:15 AM ET

Concurrent Sessions

10:30 - 11:30 AM ET

Peer Round Tables

11:45 AM – 1:15 PM ET

Closing Lunch Plenary

As an attendee, we hope you learn new skills and techniques to apply to practice, gain inspiration to move work forward, and form connections with others working to advance equitable opportunities and outcomes for all young people.

The countdown is on and spaces are limited; be sure to secure your registration before we sell out!


Our Vision

All young people reach their fullest potential - in education, work, and life.

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