THE LIFE NETWORK:
Spring 2021 Conference
May 18th | 5:30pm – 8:30pm
May 19th | 5:30pm – 8:30pm
May 20th | 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Eligible youth are encouraged to join us for fun filled days with workshops and activities around advocacy, life skills development, budgeting and credit, culinary arts, and more! Participants will show off their creative skills in our talent showcase! Youth will have the opportunity to win raffle prizes throughout the conference. Share this page and invite a youth or friend. We cannot wait to see you there! Need more info? Read on.
Spring 2021 Conference
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How to Apply
Youth interested in attending must be:
- Between the ages of 14-23
- Currently in foster care, receiving foster care/IL services, or adopted after the age of 16
- Interested in learning life, leadership, and advocacy skills
Youth who meet the criteria should submit a conference application with the assistance of their LDSS worker. The application for the virtual conference is just one form as opposed to years past.
Click here for the registration form.
This form is to be filled out by the LDSS worker or the youth, if the youth is 18 years of age or older. If the youth has been adopted, the adoptive parent must complete the application and list their information where it says “Worker” or “LDSS”. Completed applications will be reviewed by Project LIFE staff. Youth will be accepted to the conference based on demonstrated interest in the focus and goals of the conference and recent conduct. Eighty (80) youth will be accepted to the Fall conference, with the goal of 16 youth representatives from each of the five regions in Virginia.
What Happens at a Youth Conference?
At Project LIFE’s statewide Youth Conferences, you can meet other youth in foster care, build friendships and learn about your rights. You’ll also have the opportunity to develop skills that will help you live independently. Workshop topics may include:
Networking: Learn to make connections and why they matter, whether the connection is with other youth in foster care or with people who can help you build skills, find work or otherwise show you the way.
Leadership: Being an effective leader can help you in school, sports, your social life and your career. This curriculum is part of the Youth Leadership Institute, developed by Project LIFE to help youth in foster care become confident leaders.
Education: What are your educational options after high school? No, college isn’t the only way to learn more about things that interest you or to build a career. Find out what your other options are.
Public Speaking: With the training offered by the Speakers Bureau, you can be an effective speaker in a variety of settings, including school and work.
Good Credit and Money Management: Your credit rating can cost you a job or limit your housing choices. Find out ways to build and maintain good credit.
The conference is free of charge to participants and is paid for by the Project LIFE grant funded by VDSS.
Once your registration form is reviewed, you will receive links to access all of the sessions and events. All will take place through the Ring Central platform. Participants can download the application before the event, or join through the link on their computer or device. You will need a stable internet connection to view and participate in the sessions.
We at Project LIFE would to like to thank all the volunteers that took the time to support us for all the past conferences with chaperoning our youth participants and for your ongoing support with the Project LIFE program. At this time, we do not have a need for the volunteer opportunities we typically require for conferences. If you would like to get involved in other ways, you can support Project LIFE by becoming a Family Champion through UMFS. Learn more about supporting UMFS and Project LIFE.
If you have any questions about the conference, email Kelly Trump at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 804-353-4461 x1212.