Connection #tbt: Jeffrey Wallace – “America’s Defining Moment”

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About The Talk

5.5 million Americans ages 18 to 24 are out of work and not in school and nearly ¾ of these ‘opportunity youth’ are people of color.  Multi-cultural buying power is driving our economy, but our failure to engage this key millennial group will cut that buying power in half.  We must respond at scale with employer led solutions and community buy-in to create a more inclusive and competitive economy.  But how?

About Jeffrey Wallace

As President of LeadersUp, Jeffery T.D. Wallace is responsible for establishing the strategic framework for creating employer-led solutions that address youth disconnection and yield large scale successful outcomes for both businesses and communities. His work includes The Roadmap Project, working to double the number of King County youth prepared for employment through graduation from college or a career credential. Jeffery has over a decade of community, economic and workforce development experience. He previously served as Chief of Staff and Senior Program Officer for the Los Angeles Urban League, where he led the League’s community change initiative in South Los Angeles, resulting in increased delivery of vital social and community services to over 10,000 residents.

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Tickets to Connection 2017 are now sold out! If you have questions, please contact us at emily@manynet.org.

5 Fun Facts About The Last Connection Experience

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Connection 2017 is coming up fast.

In fact, from today’s date, it’s just over 72 days away!

The speakers, programming schedule, and more for the 2017 experience will be announced shortly in this space, so stay tuned. If you’re curious about what to expect out of the Connection experience, these five fun facts collected from a post-event survey of Connection 2015 attendees will give you some idea of what’s in store for this year:

5) Many of the attendees of last Connection were high-level employees in their organization.

 

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Connection represents an excellent opportunity to network and make genuine connections with thought leaders in the youth services field from all across the country. Last Connection, a majority of the attendees of last Connection were senior-level employees of their organization.

Of those registered for the 2017 experience so far, just over 60% of the attendees are senior-level employees or above, which is even more than last Connection!

 

4) Quality connection + networking with other thought leaders was a top reason for attending the previous Connection.

 

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As noted above, Connection represents a wonderful opportunity to connect with thought leaders in the youth services field, and last Connection’s attendees seem to agree, listing “quality connection/networking with other thought leaders” as their top reason for attending Connection.

Other top reasons for attending last Connection included:
1. Quality connection/networking with other thought leaders
2. The topics/ideas were relevant to my work
3. The non-traditional learning experience
4. To hear from one (or more) of the brilliant speakers

More information on speakers and topics will be coming soon, so stay tuned to this space (and our Facebook and Twitter).

 

3) There was an overwhelming favorite speaker among attendees.

 

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We were lucky to have so many talented and thoughtful speakers for last Connection (check out the full playlist here!). Attendees rated Adam Mordecai’s talk on making a post go viral on social media as their overwhelming favorite.

Adam is the Editor-at-Large at Upworthy, a site which aims to draw massive amounts of attention to stories that matter in order to build the empathy needed to make the world a better place. To watch Adam’s talk, click here.

Here were the top 3 attendees/topics that attendees rated as their favorites:

1. “How To Make Your Story Go Viral – The Short Version” by Adam Mordecai
2. Social media
3. “Succeeding Through Failure” by Ashley Good

 

2) Many of the attendees traveled from out of state to attend the experience.

 

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Last Connection (which took place in the heart of downtown Philadelphia) featured speakers and attendees from all across the country.

 

1) Attendees enjoyed the format of the event more than any other factor.

 

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Attendees of Connection listed all sorts of favorite things about the experience, but specifically, we loved this quote from one Connection attendee. It sums up the kind of experience that many had at last Connection, and it is very reflective of the atmosphere of active collaboration and learning that we aspire to foster.

Other top “favorite things” about Connection included:

  • Format: short, engaging, and motivated speakers on a well-paced schedule
  • Presentation
  • Engaging with others in small groups
  • Ability to learn
  • Strategizing session

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to meet face-to-face with some of the youth and family services field’s best thinkers, doers, and thought leaders at Connection 2017 on September 20-21st, 2017! Tickets to Connection 2017 are now sold out! If you have questions, please contact us at emily@manynet.org.

Stay tuned for more speaker announcements and be sure to follow MANY on Facebook & Twitter for updates on the Connection 2017 experience!

15 Talks From Past Connection Experiences That Will Pique Your Curiosity

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Tickets to Connection 2017 are now sold out! If you have questions, please contact us at emily@manynet.org.

Here are 15 talks from past Connection experiences that will pique your curiosity, teach you something new, and give you a new perspective on your organization and the population that it serves. These video/audio talks are organized as follows (click on the category to jump to that section):

  1. Talks On How To Use Technology In Innovative Ways In
    Social Services
  2. Talks On How To Tell People The Story of Your
    Organization
  3. Talks On Policies Important To Youth Services
  4. Talks On How To Strengthen Your Organization
  5. Talks That Will Inspire You

Enjoy the talks and be sure to subscribe to our ConnectCast on iTunes by clicking here.

Talks On How To Use Technology In Innovative Ways In Social Services

Youth Family Services Talks

15. How technology is changing social services forever by Calvin Smith


Who Is Giving The Talk: Calvin Smith, who is the Director of the Vermont Coalition of Runaway & Homeless Youth Programs. 

What The Talk Is About: Calvin shares his thoughts on how the use of technology – specifically text messaging and GIS mapping- are two ways we can communicate with, and learn about, homeless youth.

Why The Talk Is Worth Listening To: This talk is a great window into the future of the social services field and how technology, when applied correctly, can make an enormous difference in your organization.

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14. Reaching Youth Through Technology by Dan Pfarr


Who Is Giving The Talk: Dan Pfarr, who is the Executive Director at the social services agency 180 Degrees

What The Talk Is About: Dan shares his thoughts on how Programs are seriously behind the curve when it comes to reaching youth through technology and how they can catch up.

Why The Talk Is Worth Listening To: Dan gives helpful solutions on how organizations can catch up to and get ahead of the curve when it comes to technology.

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13. Matching Social Services Providers with Tools & Technology by Ben Berres


Who Is Giving The Talk: Ben Berres, who is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Partners for Our Children (POC)

What The Talk Is About: Ben shares his thoughts on the need for tools to measure how many youth get to where they are supposed to be going – tools that human beings may actually want to use in the quest to serve clients as they truly want and need across agency and system lines.

Why The Talk Is Worth Listening To: This talk will help you to understand what should be metrics should be tracked and how technology can be used to measure and improve your organization’s efforts.

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12. Gaming and Workplace Readiness by Jessica Trybus


Who Is Giving The Talk: Jessica Trybus, CEO of Simcoach Games

What The Talk Is About: Jessica shares her thoughts on how many young adults entering the workforce lack the hard and soft skills necessary to present themselves as likely candidates for jobs
and how games can assist in the process by teaching invaluable workplace skills by engaging young adults in fun, yet challenging games to develop essential soft skills.


Why The Talk Is Worth Listening To:
This talk is excellent because it shows how you can use something that many younger people are interested in (video games) and use it as a tool to help them learn invaluable workplace skills.

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Talks On How To Tell People The Story of Your Organization

Youth Family Services Talks

11. “The algorithm of going viral [and other secrets of digital storytelling]” by Adam Mordecai


Who Is Giving The Talk: Adam Mordecai, Editor-at-Large at Upworthy.

What The Talk Is About: This talk is about the luck, science and hard work that must all come into alignment for your content to go viral. But of equal importance is the fact that your story matters – and that it will, ultimately, make the world a better place.

Why The Talk Is Worth Listening To: If you create content for your organization (like me!), this talk gives you a great framework for thinking about the kind of content and information that people want from your organization.

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10. The Nonprofit Voice That Needs To Be Heard by Zach Wood


Who Is Giving The Talk:
Zach Wood, who is the founder of Groundwork Partners, a firm that develops non-profit capacity and visionary policy solutions.

What The Talk Is About: Zach shares his thoughts on how we must move away from the normative culture of non-profits to make them a meaningful voice in the process of change.

Why The Talk Is Worth Listening To: If you need inspiration or want to feel empowered, this talk is for you. Zach outlines the need for bold thinking as a way to help solve our society’s most serious problems.

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9. Digital Storytelling by Akintola Hanif


Who Is Giving The Talk: Akintola Hanif, who is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of HYCIDE magazine, Resident Documentarian at YouthBuild Newark, and the Director of Photography for Amplify, Inc. Akintola Hanif can perhaps best be thought of as a visual art virtuoso

What The Talk Is About:
Digital storytelling can add a human voice and face to the stories of the layered, complex youth we often lump together under labels like ‘at-risk youth’ or ‘opportunity youth’, integrating their own words and images with those of the communities around them. Filled with Akintola’s own photography, his talk explains how we can touch the hearts of these youth – generating empathy and honesty about who they are and what they desire for their own lives.

Why The Talk Is Worth Listening To:
This talk will inspire you and assist you and your organization in telling the stories of the populations you serve more effectively by getting to the truth of their reality.

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Talks On Policies Important To Youth Services

Youth Family Services Talks

8. Safety, dignity and respect for LGBTQ youth in the justice system by Mykel Selph


Who Is Giving The Talk:
Mykel Selph, who is a criminal and juvenile justice professional with expertise in gender-responsive principles, the treatment of the LGBTQ population, sexual safety, and the intersection of race and culture in relation to justice system reform.

What The Talk Is About: Mykel shares her thoughts on the unique challenges that LGBTQ youth face in the criminal and juvenile justice systems and the policies and reactions that cause these challenges.

Why The Talk Is Worth Listening To:
This talk helps in understanding the challenges that LGBTQ youth face in our justice system and how you can help.

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7. America’s Defining Moment by Jeffrey Wallace


Who Is Giving The Talk:
Jeffrey Wallace, who is the President of LeadersUp, which designs the strategic framework for creating employer-led solutions that address youth disconnection and yield large scale successful outcomes for both businesses and communities.

What The Talk Is About:
Jeffrey shares his thoughts on how we must respond at scale with employer led solutions and community buy-in to create a more inclusive and competitive economy.

Why The Talk Is Worth Listening To: This excellent talk gives an in-depth background on the challenges youth who are minorities face in the workplace and what we can do to help.

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6. Innovation & Impact in Career Path Development for Youth by Cynthia Shields


Who Is Giving The Talk:
Cynthia Shields, who was the Senior Project Manager at Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (3RWIB) at the time and is now at MANY!

What The Talk Is About:
Cynthia shares her thoughts on how career development programs must also change if they are to going to help youth, particularly those with barriers, develop the specialized and targeted skills sought by employers.

Why The Talk Is Worth Listening To:
This talk will help you to understand the challenges and barriers to entry that youth often face in the workplace, and how you can be an advocate to help youth develop targeted skills sought by employers.

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Youth Family Services Talks

Talks On How To Strengthen Your Organization

Youth Family Services Talks

5. Why Organizations Need to Listen to the Truth from Youth by Valerie Threlfall


Who Is Giving The Talk:
Valerie Threlfall, who lead one of the first national efforts to gather feedback from students about what is working and not working in their schools. This included founding the Youth Truth project, which surveyed over 125,000 kids from 210 different schools, one of the first national efforts to gather comparative feedback from students about their schools.

What The Talk Is About:
Valerie shares her thoughts on the importance of listening when youth speak truth to power, and learning how and whether our programs and services are really working.

Why The Talk Is Worth Listening To: This talk will help you to answer questions about how your organization can better solve the problems of the populations you serve simply by listening to them.

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4. Building authentic relationships with donors by Reverend Clayton Childers


Who Is Giving The Talk:
Reverend Clayton Childers, who is currently the Director of Advocacy at the Imagine No Malaria Campaign.

What The Talk Is About: Clayton shares his thoughts on how to build authentic relationships with donors and how those relationships can become extraordinary collaborations between public and private partners.

Why The Talk Is Worth Listening To: This talk will help you to understand how you can build better relationships with your donors and how that can lead to collaborations you never dreamed of.

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3. Catalytic Philanthropy by Anne Miskey


Who Is Giving The Talk:
Anne Miskey, who is the executive director of Funders Together to End Homelessness

What The Talk Is About: Anne shares how funders who support community visioning become partners in the trial and error process of true change.

Why The Talk Is Worth Listening To:
This will inspire you to think about different ways that you can connect and collaborate with funders in order to solve real problems.

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Talks That Will Inspire You

Youth Family Services Talks

2. Succeeding Through Failure by Ashley Good

Who Is Giving The Talk: Ashley Good, who is the CEO and Founder of Fail Forward

What The Talk Is About:
Ashley shares her thoughts on failure, and offers a simple – though difficult – way to reframe failure.

Why The Talk Is Worth Listening To: Everyone experiences failure in their lives – in this talk, Ashley helps you to think about it in a different way, and how failure can benefit you.

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1. Two poems, African in America, and Do Remember Me by Veronica
Boyd


Who Is Giving The Talk:
Veronica Boyd, who is a native Philadelphian performing artist. Veronica enjoys creating songs and spoken word in her spare time as well as playing basketball and tennis.

What The Talk Is About: Veronica shares her experience of what it means to be an African in America.

Why The Talk Is Worth Listening To: Veronica’s poems will inspire you; they tell a story that needs to be heard.

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Connection #tbt: Zachary D. Wood – “Nonprofits, General Operating Funds, & Ridiculous Restrictions”

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About The Talk

Zachary discusses the need to move away from the normative culture of non-profits to make them a meaningful voice in the process of change. True, big full scale public advocacy, complete with strong, meaningful leadership, and true partnership (with your greatest ‘competitors’) is the only way to tackle the range of problems leading to homelessness.

About Zachary D. Wood

Zachary D. Wood is an advocate for social change and marginalized populations – a public advocacy crusader, if you will. He has a passion for analyzing social issues and finding new solutions, which has contributed to his constant quest for a deeper knowledge about the complexities of our most challenging social crises. Zach is the founder of Groundwork Partners, a firm that develops non-profit capacity and visionary policy solutions.

How You Can Attend Attend Connection 2017

Great and informative talks just like this one (and much more) will be happening at Connection 2017, coming September 20-21st in Pittsburgh, PA! Tickets to Connection 2017 are now sold out! If you have questions, please contact us at emily@manynet.org.

Connection #tbt: Vu Le – “Nonprofits, General Operating Funds, & Ridiculous Restrictions”

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About The Talk

Vu Le discusses how difficult nonprofit funding restrictions lead to “Frankensteining” different funding sources together, the negative effect this has on programming, and how nonprofits can change the conversation about general operating funds.

About Vu Le

Vu Le is the Director of the Rainier Valley Corps and humor columnist for Blue Avocado, a bimonthly newsletter of American non-profits and a membership organization that provides practical financial information and support to U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, staff, stakeholders and volunteers. It is created by and for community-based nonprofits.

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Tickets to Connection 2017 are now sold out! If you have questions, please contact us at emily@manynet.org.

Connection #tbt: Calvin Smith – “How Technology Is Changing Social Services Forever”

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About The Talk

The use of technology – specifically text messaging and GIS mapping- are two ways we can communicate with, and learn about, homeless youth. If texting is the preferred method of communication for over 80% of youth, what does that tell us about how to best reach out, and to be reached?

About Calvin

Calvin Smith is the ‎Grants and Per Diem Liaison with the US Department of Veterans Affairs, and a believer that technology creates tremendous opportunities for authentic human connection. Calvin has a passion for organizations and people that embrace a “long-haul” perspective to relationship development and community building, and advocates for the enthusiastic integration of technology into services when working with youth.

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Tickets to Connection 2017 are now sold out! If you have questions, please contact us at emily@manynet.org.

Connection #tbt: Mykel Selph – “Safety, Dignity & Respect for LGBTQ Youth in The Justice System”

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About The Talk

LGBTQ youth face a number of unique challenges in the criminal and juvenile justice systems. What is it about our policies, and our own reactions to these youth, that makes them invisible when they most need support? In this Connection 2015 #tbt, Mykel delves into these issues and more.

About Mykel

Mykel Selph is a criminal and juvenile justice professional with expertise in gender-responsive principles, the treatment of the LGBTQI population, sexual safety, and the intersection of race and culture in relation to justice system reform. She has worked with multiple correctional agencies throughout the country on these issues, including her time as the Director of the Office of Girls and Gender at Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. Mykel’s personal and professional mission is to create safe spaces for ongoing dialogue about social justice issues that are nonjudgmental and empathic. As she says: “behavioral change is enhanced when we create an environment based on safety, dignity, and respect”. She believes that dialogue is an opportunity for us to acknowledge our differences and begin learning to peacefully coexist.

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Connection #tbt: Karen Kane – “Managing Difficult People” from Connection 2014

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About The Talk

In a #tbt to Connection 2014, Karen Kane, certified leadership and team coach and Principal of Still Point Leadership, discusses why the most important part of managing a challenging employee isn’t to focus on them, but rather to focus on managing yourself effectively.

About Karen

Karen Kane is a certified leadership and team coach, and works primarily with leaders who are dissatisfied with how their teams are operating and not getting the results they know are possible. She has been the Principal of Still Point Leadership, Inc. for the past 14 years, and her clients have ranged from top executives to front line supervisors in government, education, health care, and the private and non-profit sectors. Karen brings a results-focused orientation to her work, and through a combination of individual and team coaching she helps clients build teams that communicate openly, manage conflict skillfully, and achieve great results.

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