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DSS Main Office
​Wallace H. Kuralt Centre
301 Billingsley Road
Charlotte, NC 28211

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Community Resource Center
3205 Freedom Drive
Charlotte, NC 28208
Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m - 5 p.m.

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Youth Summit 2019

Wednesday, June 19, 2019     

 

image of kids feet at the starting line on ground

Sponsored by Mecklenburg County DSS/YFS and Congregation for Kids

​ ​For Foster Care Youth Ages 12-17 

with the goal of Reunification, Guardianship,  APPLA,  and Adoption

 

​Wednesday, June 19, 2019  9:45 am to 3:30 pm

(Registration begins at 9:00 am)

 

Location:

​Central Piedmont Community College-Harris Campus

 3210 CPCC Harris Campus Road, Charlotte NC 28208

Question about the conference, please call 980-314-4100

 


 

​Agenda
9:00 am – 9:45 amRegistration, Breakfast, & Vendor Fair
9:45 am -10:00 am Welcome, House Keeping, & Keynote Introduction
10:00 am – 11:00 am

Keynote Speaker

"Never Limit Your Life"

Presenter: Derek Clark

11:00 am – 11:15 amBreak
11:15 am – 12:00 pmMorning Session
12:00 pm – 12:15 pmBreak
12:15 am – 1:00  pmAfternoon Session
1:00 pm – 1:15 pmTransition to Lunch
1:15 pm – 1:45 pmLunch
1:45 pm – 2:00 pm

Closing Remarks & Door Prizes

2:00 pm – 3:30 pmEntertainment, Autograph Signing, & Photo Booth Opportunities

 

​​ ​Morning/Afternoon Youth Speakers​    Ages12 -17

   

               

   

Meet Melinda Medina

"Against The Odds." 

 Come take a journey through one former foster youth's unyielding determination and true resiliency on her path to success.

Meet Morris Morrison

"Fearless & Focused-Child Welfare 2.0 Program."

 This workshop will inspire our youth to live fearlessly, he will help care-givers refocus their impact, and help child welfare professionals & administrators leave reenergized. This program will touch the hearts of audiences with a consistent message that will help everyone stay on the same page, so that all children and families in the child welfare system can enjoy a better experience.

 

 

 Meet Willie Moore Jr

"You Are Not a Mistake."

 This workshop is specifically designed for youth ages 12-17 years old who have been, or are going through, challenges regarding being in foster care. You are not a mistake! Nobody knows the identity crisis that sometimes goes on within a child in foster care or an adopted child. We will clearly define why our lives matter and why we are an elite group of children and not "second class." This message will inspire and be a lesson of  resilience where you can redefine your identity. Willie Moore Jr. is going to  "Keep It 100" Flat Out!

Level Up: A Panel for Empowerment & Permanence

This informative panel will offer youth the opportunity to hear firsthand accounts of the experiences of former foster youth who achieved permanency with the help of supportive adults, either through aging out of care or adoption.  The panelists will share the insights, triumphs, and struggles encountered in their journey to adulthood and provide the audience with practical information to aid in their own journey to permanence and beyond.  Youth will also have the opportunity to participate in a question and answer session, all designed to educate and empower them as they continue to navigate their own individual process of levelling up to achieve a bright, fulfilling future.    

 

The Adult Speakers/Workshops are for the adults accompanying the youth to the conference​.

​Morning  Adult Speaker
​Meet Derek Clark    

"You cannot think negative thoughts about a youth and expect them to live a positive life."

Derek  takes you down his road of hate, anger, mistrust in adults, violent tendencies, rejection, lack of love, child abuse and the memories that haunted his life. He believes that by changing the way you look at a youth, you can significantly impact their life. Your actions will speak louder than your words.

Derek provides insight and specific tools that will assist professionals and parents  in connecting with vulnerable and grieving youth. Professionals will gain understanding and knowledge about childhood responses to traumatic experiences, how to ask questions that build trust and shape futures. Every professional working with challenging youth has a purpose; to build a relationship of trust, to help them to reclaim their dignity and self-value, and to know that their past mistakes do not have to infect their future.

Consequences don't change youth, relationships change youth. He shares with you how to commit and build upon your strengths when encouraging youth to have hope and the belief that their best days are still ahead of them.

 

​Afternoon Adult Speaker

​Meet Dante' Wilkerson

"Level Up and Boost Your Credit Score."

Boost Your Credit Score is part of a program series we call Empower U. The Empower U program was designed by the financial experts at Fifth Third Bank with the employees of our valued partners in mind. The Empower U program is designed to provide you with financial information that will empower you to achieve your goals and realize financial independence. Additionally, the class will provide you with an understanding of how your credit works and how to boost your credit score.

 

    

 Entertainment

                                                                                  MC Fly Ty

                                                                                                       Meet   Fly Ty


 

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Address

Office Location:

DSS Main Office
​Wallace H. Kuralt Centre
301 Billingsley Road
Charlotte, NC 28211

West Charlotte Location
Community Resource Center
3205 Freedom Drive
Charlotte, NC 28208
Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m - 5 p.m.

Contact

Customer Connection
704-336-3000

Key Initiatives