Statewide Virtual Conference

LIFE Uncharted: Resilience in the New World

Pre-Conference Kick Off
Oct 30th 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Main Conference Event
November 5th – 6th 5:30pm -8:30pm
November 7th 10:30am -1:30pm

Youth in foster care in Virginia ages 14 to 23 and youth that have been adopted after the age of 16 are encouraged to join us for fun filled days with workshops and activities around advocacy, life skill development, job readiness, culinary arts, self-care activities, and more! We will also have a live virtual Halloween party with a live DJ before the conference on October 30th from 7:00pm -8:00pm! Youth will have the opportunity to win raffle prizes throughout the conference! We cannot wait to see you there!

Statewide Virtual Conference

What happens at the conferences?

Due to the pandemic, the upcoming Project LIFE conference will be a virtual event. It will span a few days outside of school hours. Conferences start with ice-breakers, so youth can get to know each other. You’ll have a good time — even virtual conferences include fun time like dance parties, interactive sessions, and games. What’s more, at Project LIFE conferences, you’ll get solid information about your rights and the resources available to help you live independently.

When’s the next Conference?

Fall 2020 Virtual Youth Statewide Conference
“LIFE Uncharted: Resilience in the New World”
Pre-conference Kick Off: October 30th: 6:30pm-8pm
Conference Day 1: November 5th: 5:30pm-8:30pm
Conference Day 2: November 6th: 5:30pm-8:30pm
Conference Day 3: November 7th: 10:30am-1:30pm

Join us each day for virtual fun-filled workshops. Learn more in the next session about them. There will be giveaways for all participants and extra raffle prizes throughout the weekend. A conference agenda will be sent out to all attendees prior to the conference.

Here’s our Fall 2020 PLIFE Conference Flyer. Feel free to print and distribute to youth, foster parents, DSS staff, and private providers.

Registration information is found in the next section.

What will we do?

Learn more about our featured sessions. And of course, in true Project LIFE fashion, there will be fun breaks, games, and prizes before and after sessions.

Friday, October 30, 2020: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm 
Halloween Party Prep 
Come and get in the Halloween spirit by doing a festive activity with us.
Live Dance Party with DJ  
Wish we were in person for a dance party? We got you covered! Join DJ for a live dance party. Wear a costume if you want!

Thursday, November 5, 2020: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm 
Resiliency in Youth and Young Adults 
In this session, you will learn the factors that lead individuals to be resilient in the face of challenges and begin to develop your personal strategies and tools to help you navigate the challenges. This presentation will incorporate a strengths-based approach as well as the seven C’s of resiliency and how those can be applied in their daily lives.
Cooking with Chef Jay Wigs
Learn daily living skills through a culinary arts session with Chef Jay Wigs. Youth will learn meal planning, preparation, and how to cook basic holiday meals with pantry items.

Friday, November 6, 2020: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm 
Suit Up: Job Readiness During a Pandemic  
This interactive workshop will have activities and discussions around the following topics: job searching during a pandemic, virtual interviewing, Zoom call professionalism, basic resume skills, and more!
Interactive Mystery 
Get ready to experience an online murder mystery. You will be at the center of this interactive experience. Come join us so we can virtually crack this case together!

Saturday, November 7, 2020: 10:30 am – 1:30 pm 
Nothing About Us Without Us 
Youth-adult partnerships take place when youth and adults plan, learn and work together, with both groups sharing equally in the decision-making process.
Lights, Camera, Action! 
Lights, Camera, Action is a hybrid session combining public speaking and creativity. Facilitated by Actress Ebony N Mayo, participants will be given the opportunity to learn key components of public speaking and scriptwriting. Participants will also be given the opportunity to engage in a Q&A on what it takes to be an actress that gets booked.

How to apply

Eligibility

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.

Conference Application/Registration

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.

Applications/Registration opened September 21 and will close on October 25th, 2020 at 5:00 pm.


What other information do I need to know?

Cost

The conference is free of charge to participants.

Access

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.

Volunteers

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 participates and for your ongoing support with the Project LIFE program. At this time we do not have a need for the volunteer opportunities we typical require for this virtual conference. We will be looking forward to having more volunteer opportunities for future conferences.

Contact

If you have any questions about the conference, email Kelly Trump at ktrump@umfs.org or call 804-353-4461 x1212.