8:30am-9:00am Welcome
9:00am-9:45am Opening Keynote Presentation
Sonja Sohn

Founder and CEO of Rewired for Change, Actress (The Wire)
9:45am-10:00am Introduction to the Breakout Sessions
10:00am-10:30am Break
10:30am-12:00pm

BREAKOUTS
Innovative Practices: Creating Environments to Help Youth Thrive

What do youth need to develop into healthy, happy and productive individuals? From early childhood through adolescence, there are fundamental experiences and conditions that help ensure that youth are not victimized, do not drop out of school, avoid substance abuse problems, and do not experience an array of other negative outcomes. Therefore, these breakout sessions will discuss what helps youth thrive, with a particular focus on disadvantaged and at-risk youth. Each panel will feature approximately three panelists who will present various innovative practices for promoting positive outcomes for at-risk youth in a particular age group.

Early Childhood Innovative Practices
This panel will cover topics such as maternal and infant health, child care, early childhood education, effective parenting, and more.

Moderator: Miriam Calderon
Senior Policy Advisor for Early Learning, Administration for Children & Families, Health & Human Services ; Senior Advisor, White House Domestic Policy Council

Panelists:

  • Danielle Ewen
    Director, Early Childhood Education, District of Columbia Public Schools
  • Matthew Melmed
    Executive Director, Zero to Three
  • David Olds
    Professor of Pediatrics and Director, Prevention Research Center for Family and Child Health, University of Colorado at Denver

Childhood Innovative Practices
This panel will cover topics such as K-8 education, social development, effective parenting and family relationships, and more.

Moderator: William Gormley
Professor of Public Policy, Georgetown Public Policy Institute; Co-Director, Center for Research on Children in the U.S. (CROCUS)

Panelists:

  • Kamala Allen
    Vice President for Program Operations and Director of Child Health Quality, Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS)
  • M. Rene Islas
    Director, Learning Forward Center for Results
  • David Osher
    Vice President, American Institutes for Research

Adolescence Innovative Practices
This panel will cover topics such as middle and high school education, higher education, job training, life skills development, positive youth development, healthy relationships (including family relationships) and more.

Moderator: Kent Berkley
Senior Associate Director, Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative

Panelists:

  • Betsy Brand
    Executive Director, American Youth Policy Forum
  • Sarah Brown
    CEO, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
  • David Hawkins
    Endowed Professor of Prevention, University of Washington; Founding Director, Social Development Research Group – University of Washington

 

12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm-3:00pm

BREAKOUTS
Innovative Practices: Getting Youth Back on the Pathway to Success

Even if comprehensive supports are in place to prevent negative outcomes for youth, there will still be some young people who find themselves off course. When a young person is abused, drops out of school, commits a crime, or suffers from mental health problems, what can get him or her back on the path towards positive outcomes? To answer this question, these breakout sessions will present innovative practices for promoting positive outcomes for youth who require remedial interventions to help them get back on course. All sessions will stress the importance of family engagement for interventions to be most successful.

Early Childhood Innovative Practices
This panel will cover topics such as developmental delays, abuse and neglect, and more.

Moderator: Miriam Calderon
Senior Policy Advisor for Early Learning, Administration for Children & Families, Health & Human Services ; Senior Advisor, White House Domestic Policy Council

Panelists:

  • Cindy Lederman
    Judge of the Juvenile Court in Miami-Dade County
  • Elizabeth Pungello Scientist, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute
  • David Willis
    Director, Division of Home Visiting and Early Childhood Services, Maternal and Child Health Bureau

Childhood Innovative Practices
This panel will cover topics such as child mental health/childhood trauma, abuse and neglect, behavioral problems, academic difficulties, and more.

Moderator: William Gormley
Professor of Public Policy, Georgetown Public Policy Institute; Co-Director, Center for Research on Children in the U.S. (CROCUS)

Panelists:

  • Gladys Carrion
    Commissioner, New York State Office of Children and Family Services
  • Doreen Cavanaugh
    Research Associate Professor, Health Policy Institute, Georgetown Public Policy Institute
  • Karina Jimenez Lewis
    Senior Policy Associate, Casey Family Services

Adolescence Innovative Practices
This panel will cover topics such as substance abuse, juvenile offending, academic failure, suspension and dropout from high school, mental health problems, and more.

Moderator: Kent Berkley
Senior Associate Director, Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative

Panelists:

  • Karen M. Ashby
    Presiding Judge, Denver Juvenile Court
  • Mick Moore
    Senior Education Consultant, Education and Workforce Solutions
  • Jennifer Woolard
    Associate Professor of Psychology, Georgetown University

 

3:00pm-3:15pm Break
3:15pm-4:00pm Moving Towards a Comprehensive Approach
The previous two breakout sessions provide participants with a window into preventive and remedial practices to promote positive outcomes for a certain age range of youth across subject areas (education, health, welfare, etc.). As we know, however, to truly promote positive outcomes, positive supports and interventions must not only be available across subject areas, but they must also be available across age groups. Therefore, this panel will bring together the expert moderators from each Innovative Practices Breakout for a moderated discussion about their visions for a comprehensive approach to meeting the needs of young people. Conference attendees will be encouraged to submit questions for the moderators to discuss.

Moderator: Wallace Mlyniec
Director, Juvenile Justice Clinic
Lupo-Ricci Professor of Clinical Legal Studies, Georgetown Law

Panelists:

  • Kent Berkley
    Senior Associate Director, Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative
  • Miriam Calderon
    Senior Policy Advisor for Early Learning, Administration for Children & Families, Health & Human Services ; Senior Advisor, White House Domestic Policy Council
  • William Gormley
    Professor of Public Policy, Georgetown Public Policy Institute; Co-Director, Center for Research on Children in the U.S. (CROCUS)

 

4:00pm-5:00pm

Family Panel (plenary)
It is easy for policymakers and practitioners to get caught up in statistics, politics and budgets and lose sight of what youth and families think is needed to promote positive outcomes. Therefore, this panel will feature family and youth perspectives on best practices and system reform that can promote positive outcomes for children and youth. The purpose of this panel will be to highlight the perspective of the target population we are seeking to serve. Panelists will comment not only on the practices and programs that they believe are important, but also foreshadow the system changes that are needed to provide the foundation for effective practice.

Moderator: Carol Wilson Spigner
Emerita Associate Professor University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice

Panelists:

  • Josh Grubb
    Youth Fellow with Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative
  • Sandra Killet
    Chairperson of Child Welfare Organizing Project
  • Eric Lulow
    Public Health Advisor, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
January 25, 2013
8:30am-8:50am Welcome
9:00am-10:45am

System Change Breakouts
Day one of the conference highlighted the practices that can promote positive outcomes for young people across subject areas and across age groups. Now the challenge is to undertake the systemic change that is necessary to develop a comprehensive approach to meeting the needs of children and youth. This first set of System Change breakout sessions seeks to enable participants to meet this challenge by discussing policy and legislation at the national level, management and strategic planning with a focus on partnerships, and leadership, politics, and messaging with a focus on public opinion. Each session will feature approximately three panelists who each bring a different perspective to the issue being highlighted.

Policy and Legislation: National Level
In order to build a comprehensive approach to meeting the needs of young people, supportive national level policies are essential. This session will feature innovative and effective federal policies as well as proposals for federal policy reform.

Moderator: Edward Montgomery
Dean, Georgetown Public Policy Institute

Panelists:

  • Mark Greenberg
    Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Administration for Children and Families – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Becky Shipp
    Health Policy Advisor, Senate Committee on Finance
  • Amy Wilkins
    Vice President, The Education Trust

Management and Strategic Planning: Partnerships
Building and managing a structure of supports for youth that spans a variety of subject areas and age groups requires partnership. Therefore, this breakout will focus on the management of broad-based change from the perspective of an agency or organization, with a particular emphasis on how to form and maintain partnerships to improve this work.

Moderator: David Sanders
Vice President, Casey Family Programs

Panelists:

Leadership, Politics, and Messaging: Understanding and Shaping Public Opinion
Public opinion is a powerful force that leaders must carefully gauge and influence to be able to promote system change. As a result, this breakout will focus on the role leaders play in promoting system change by understanding public opinion on issues related to at-risk children and youth. Strategies to take advantage of favorable public opinions and to influence the views of the general public will be discussed. This topic will include an emphasis on the political context leaders must navigate to be successful. This breakout will cover messaging to multiple audiences, the role of the media, and the alignment of communication strategies among multiple community partners. The importance of developing common values among partners will be highlighted, and strategies for aligning seemingly disparate goals will be discussed. A particular emphasis will be placed on strategies to best utilize survey and polling research and to ensure favorable media coverage.

Moderator: Jann Jackson
Senior Associate of Policy Reform and Advocacy, Annie E. Casey Foundation

Panelists:

10:45am-11:00am Break
11:00am-1:00pm

System Change Breakouts
This second set of System Change breakout sessions seeks to enable participants to meet the challenge of systemic change by discussing policy and legislation at the state and local level, management and strategic planning with a focus on culture change, and leadership, politics, and messaging with a focus on how to lead in times of fiscal stress and partisanship. Each session will feature approximately three panelists who each bring a different perspective to the issue being highlighted.

Policy and Legislation: State and Local Level
While the previous Policy and Legislation breakout session emphasizes that supportive national policy is valuable to building comprehensive supports for children and youth, state and local policies are arguably even more important. This breakout will feature innovative and effective state and local level policies, and offer proposals for policy reform at the state and local level.

Moderator: Chet Hewitt
President and CEO, Sierra Health Foundation

Panelists:

  • Jonathan Raymond
    Superintendent, Sacramento City Unified School District
  • John Rich
    Professor & Chair, Drexel University School of Public Health, Health Management & Policy; Co-Director, Center for Nonviolence & Social Justice
  • Moira Weir
    Director, Department of Job and Family Services, Hamilton County, Ohio

Management and Strategic Planning: Organization Culture Change and Workforce Efficacy
Broad-based change does not only happen from the top-down—it must also emerge from the bottom up. Leaders and managers of agencies and organizations must be able to promote organizational cultures that are supportive of reform and empower a workforce to believe in its ability to change lives for the better. This breakout will focus on this topic by discussing what it takes to manage an organization in this manner and by highlighting examples of leaders who have been able to manage change successfully.

Moderator: Chiemi Davis
Managing Director, Casey Family Programs

Panelists:

  • Pat Cooper
    Superintendent, Lafayette Parish School System
  • Tim Decker
    Director, Missouri Division of Youth Services
  • Alex Morales
    President & CEO, Children’s Bureau of Southern California

Leadership, Politics, and Messaging: Leading in Times of Fiscal Stress and Hyper-Partisanship
The current fiscal climate and era of hyper-partisanship pose significant challenges for leaders. Since these challenges cannot be avoided, this breakout focuses on how leaders can contribute constructively to the political and fiscal debates by highlighting and reframing the benefits of improving outcomes for at-risk youth. A particular emphasis of this session will be the use of the cost effectiveness argument as an effective strategy to break down barriers and make progress.

Moderator: Liz Ryan
President and CEO, Campaign for Youth Justice

Panelists:

  • Indivar Dutta-Gupta
    Policy Advisor, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Mike Thompson
    Director, Justice Center, The Council of State Governments
  • Toni Walker
    State Representative, 93rd Assembly District – New Haven
1:00pm-2:00pm Lunch
2:00pm-3:30pm Models of Progress
Despite challenges, we can develop comprehensive and coordinated approaches to promoting positive outcomes for young people. The potential for progress is demonstrated by the leaders, organizations and communities that are already making significant strides. This plenary panel will highlight innovative community collaborations, policies, and leadership that have promoted comprehensive approaches to meeting the needs of at-risk children and youth. The role of philanthropy in supporting such efforts will be featured and the balance between local, state and federal government funding will be explored. The purpose of this panel is to show that success is possible and illustrate what can be achieved.

Moderator: Karen Pittman
Executive Director, Forum for Youth Investment

Panelists:

  • Jose Esquibel
    Director, Interagency Prevention Systems Program, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
  • Ron Roberts
    County Supervisor of San Diego, 4th District
  • Edward Seidman
    Professor of Applied Psychology, New York University; Waldemar A. Nielson Visiting Fellow in Philanthropy, Georgetown Public Policy Institute
  • Abby Weiss
    Manager, Massachusetts Child and Youth Readiness Cabinet
3:30pm-4:15pm Closing Keynote Presentation
Mark Shriver

Senior Vice President, Save the Children’s U.S. Programs
4:15pm-4:30pm Concluding Remarks
4:30pm Adjourn