The National Youth Employment Coalition's 2013 Members Forum, "Turning Vision Into Action," held in New Orleans, LA, was an informative convening with nearly 100 attendees present. Participants from around the country gathered to discuss building, supporting and sustaining opportunities for minority youth through practice, policy, and partnerships.
The opening and luncheon plenary sessions featured Patrick McCarthy, President/CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Scott Cowen, President of Tulane University, who offered national and local perspectives on how to build and expand opportunities for our nation's youth.
This year's program also included a series of discussion sessions that focused on key thematic strands: policy and advocacy; quality practice; expanding secondary and postsecondary options: building partnerships and leveraging resources; and working with youth. Discussion sessions were facilitated by NYEC members and designed to encourage dialogue on effective practice, cutting-edge research, trends, and innovations for youth-serving organizations, systems and policy. Direct service providers, researchers, policymakers, advocates and staff from public agencies, national networks, intermediaries and technical assistance providers from across the nation participated together in these sessions and offered a chance to connect with and learn from colleagues in an informal setting.
NYEC would like to thank its sponsors, Social Solutions and Our Piece of the Pie for their support of this year's Forum.
The annual Members Forum is a unique opportunity for NYEC members to develop and strengthen their work, their organizations, and inform practice in the overall youth services field. This member-driven, member-focused peer learning and networking event delivers valuable opportunities for participants to learn about initiatives and issues most significant to the success of their work.
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