Agenda & Featured Speakers

Our full conference program is now available! View it now to see all the details about the engaging workshops, inspiring speakers, and fun networking events we have lined up this year: 


2018 Annual Conference Schedule At-a-Glance
Tuesday, June 5th: Pre-Conference Institutes
  • 10: a.m. – 4:00 p.m.:
    • Institute #1: Staying Ahead of the Opioid Drug Crisis
    • Institute #2: #MeToo: How Providers Can Prevent and Respond to Sexual Assault
  • 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Membership Leadership Council Meeting (by invitation)
Wednesday, June 6th: Conference Day 1
  • 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.: Registration Open
  • 9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.: Welcome + Opening Keynote Session: Foster Youth in Action Youth-Adult Team

Adult Track

Featuring select programming designed for youth services providers and stakeholders.

  • 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Workshops A1
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.: Lunch on your own
  • 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: In-depth Workshops on Core Competencies
  • 3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Closing Keynote: Daren Jones, Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University

Youth Leadership Track:

Featuring a variety of interactive skill-building sessions designed for youth/young adults ages 16-24 years.

  • 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.: Youth Orientation + Icebreakers
  • 10:45 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.:
    • 90 minute Foster Youth in Action In-depth Session on Strategic Self Advocacy (Group 1)
    • 45 minute Workshop Options Y1 and Y2 (Group 2)
  • 12:20 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Lunch, followed by an opportunity for active youth leaders and youth council members to network and learn together
  • 1:45 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.:
    • 90 minute Foster Youth in Action In-depth Session on Strategic Self Advocacy (Group 2)
    • 45 minute Workshops Y1 and Y2 (Group 1)
  • 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Closing Interactive and Creative Session
Thursday, June 7 – Conference Day 2
  • 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.: Registration Open
  • 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.: Keynote and Performance: SaulPaul
  • 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.: Workshops (for all)
  • 12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Membership Luncheon (open to all)
    • Featuring TNOYS Annual Awards and performers
  • 1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.: Workshops (for all)
  • 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Experiential Workshops (for all)
  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (offsite) – Spirit Reins Special Experiential Activity (RSVP required)
Friday, June 8 – Conference Day 3
  • 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.: Registration Open
  • 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.: Workshops (for all)
  • 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.: Closing Keynote and Performance: Patrice Pike
2018 Featured Speakers

These are just a few of the exciting speakers we have lined up for our annual conference! Check back soon to see others as they’re added.


For over a decade SaulPaul has earned an international reputation as a “Musician with a Message” who can entertain and educate any audience. He’s performed 2 TED talks as well as some of the world’s most esteemed music festivals. He has collaborated with artists from around the world and has also been featured on MTV, LA TIMES, ESPN Radio and countless other media outlets. Equipped with an amazing inspirational story and history in the criminal justice system and an entertaining and interactive live presentation, SaulPaul is on a mission to assist others in transforming their dreams into reality. 


Anna Gennari and Steven Shaw, Foster Youth in Action

Founded by California Youth Connection in 2008, Foster Youth in Action organizes a national grassroots network of foster youth-led groups through training, leadership opportunities, shared learning, and advocacy. Foster Youth in Action believes in the power of the youth voice and helps transform youth into leaders and advocates. Their youth-adult speaking team will work directly with youth and adult attendees to build the foundation for effective youth leadership and youth-adult partnerships, and experience what youth and adult partners can achieve together.


Patrice Pike

Patrice Pike is a successful Texas musician and co-founder of the Step Onward Foundation. Patrice burst on to the music scene as the front woman for the seminal Austin jam band Sister Seven. Over the past decade she has independently released five acclaimed solo records, and in 2007 she became the youngest member of the Austin/Texas Music Hall of Fame, inducted alongside Lucinda Williams. Patrice, who experienced homelessness as a youth, is also co-founder of the Step Onward Foundation and has collaborated in raising over $450,000 in the last 10 years for supporting education and housing and sustainability for young adult survivors of homelessness and children surviving critical illness.


Daren Jones  

Daren Jones is a Training Specialist with the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University (TCU). As training specialist, Daren’s main focus is instructing professionals working with children who have experienced trauma, in Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®). Since Daren joined the Purvis Institute in 2014, he has been an integral part of teaching and spreading TBRI® across the U.S. and throughout the world. He will discuss trauma in the context of behavior and neuroscience as well as trauma recovery, resilience, and the role of youth voice and choice.