What Counts and What Works: People, Practice and Policy
September 11 – 14, 2011
At this year’s annual conference members of Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families (GCYF) will explore pressing and emerging social and economic trends impacting children, youth, and families, but also the role that private philanthropy plays in lifting people in our communities to survive and thrive.
The conference includes several “track” options with concurrent sessions for participants, including:
- Early Childhood Track – designed to explore programs, services and strategies serving young children during a critical developmental period characterized by rapid changes in social and emotional development and learning;
- Youth Track – designed to explore the programs and systems serving the diverse and rapidly changing needs of youth, especially vulnerable youth, and strategies to engage and empower them to reach their full potential;
- Family/Community Track – designed to explore the wide-range of supports and services aimed at improving social, economic, and health outcomes for children, youth, and families, and especially low-income families; and
- Cross-Cutting Issues Track – designed to explore the complicated issues that impact communities, and how public and private sectors can work together to maximize their impact and transform public policy and social programs.
Participants are invited to select from the optional Pre-Conference Institutes as well: Place Matters-Strengthening Communities Through Place-Based Philanthropy or Innovative and Comprehensive Strategies for Improving Outcomes for Boys and Men of Color.
NCG members are very active in the planning of this year’s GCYF conference, with Lise Maisano from S.H. Cowell Foundation (who is also a Board Member!) serving along with Nicole Taylor from East Bay Community Foundation as co-chairs of the conference. NCG CEO and President Colin Lacon and NCG Director of Communications and Member Services Julia Indovina are on the conference Host Committee and Planning Committee, respectively.
Since publishing this blog post, GCYF has announced a reduced registration fee for its Napa Vally offsite session.
Throughout the conference there will be four off-site sessions conducted throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area that will build on the conference theme and content while taking advantage of the local culture and expertise.
Through tours, presentations and special activities, each half-day session will showcase diverse and innovative philanthropic and nonprofit initiatives working to strengthen supports and services for children, youth, and families. Read full description for each off-site session below. Pre-registration is required for each.
OFF-SITE 1: OAKLAND
Title: Youth Learning to Lead in Business, Community, and Civic settings
OFF-SITE 2: SAN FRANCISCO
Title: Public private partnerships = kindergarten readiness: San Francisco’s Preschool For All and Family Resource Center Initiatives
OFF-SITE 3: NAPA VALLEY *
Title: Living Together, Worlds Apart: Innovative Strategies to Strengthen Neighborhoods
*This off-site session entails an additional $60 registration fee. Those interested in this session should register as pre-registration is required.
OFF-SITE 4: SAN FRANCISCO
Title: Making the Transition to College: What districts and community colleges can do and students’ perspectives on what works.