Floor Plan of LIFE:
November 2 | 5:30pm – 8:30pm
November 3 | 5:30pm – 8:30pm
November 4 | 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Don’t be bored in the house like us…check out our promo video to learn a little bit more about our conference!
Eligible youth are encouraged to click in and join us for 3 fun filled nights with workshops and activities from the comfort of your own home. Along with some awesome sessions, youth will have the opportunity to play games and to win raffle prizes throughout the conference. Share this info page and invite a youth or friend. We cannot wait to see you there! Need more info? Read on.
Fall 2021 Virtual Conference
Are you bored in the house and in the house bored? You need our “Floor Plan of LIFE.” Save the dates in your calendar for 3 nights of virtual fun, like only the Project LIFE team can bring. Workers and parents, download the flyer here and share it with your youth!
How to Apply
Youth interested in attending must be:
- between the ages of 14-23,
- previously or currently receiving foster care services in Virginia, or were adopted after the age of 16,
- and interested in growing your independent living skills, leadership development, and advocacy voice.
Youth who meet the criteria listed above should work with their LDSS worker to submit a conference application. It just one form as opposed to in years past. 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,” “LDSS,” or “placement.” 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.
Registration opens on September 13th and will close on October 22, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
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. Register today!
Be a part of the planning process for the fall 2021 conference!
Youth are invited to join a discussion and share their ideas about a session they want to see at the conference. We’ve planned some good ones, and need your help to pick the last one. Register to join Sophia who will guide this discussion and hold the vote. We need your voice on October 7!
Register for the Youth Choice Workshop listening session here.
What Happens at a Youth Conference?
This section will be updated as we release more details about sessions and presenters at the fall conference. Read on for some general topics that we usually cover at every 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 email@example.com or call 804-353-4461 x1212.