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testimonialsThe first ever Virginia Education Summit was comprised of three all-day events attended by more than 80 individuals in Chester (March 11), Danville (March 15), and Fredericksburg (March 16). This event, which was made possible through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) Commission Investment Funds for training and technical assistance, was aimed primarily at AmeriCorps State/National and AmeriCorps VISTA members, program staff and their partners. Other invited attendees included Senior Corps volunteers.

Each summit offered best practices in youth development, idea sharing among peers, and related training from subject matter experts. Local subject matter experts presented training on trauma-informed care, behavioral challenges, youth development, parental engagement, and other topics that affect our youth.

Summit keynote speaker Monique Williams, M.A., Trainer, and Consultant, opened each summit with a plenary session on the widespread impact that trauma has on vulnerable youth populations. Her highly interactive session “Realizing, Recognizing & Responding to Avoid Re-Traumatization of Vulnerable Youth Populations” informed participants of how trauma-informed response in both the educational and community setting would help prevent re-traumatization.  Overall, these summit events allowed each participant highly valuable tools and resources for themselves and the students and youth they serve in the community.  A host of other powerful speakers included Rodney Nelson Sidney II, MSW., Dyverynce Lambert, Ronnie Gehring, MSW., Jenna L. Foster, and Calvin Nunnally, Sr.

Summit Resources*

*Please contact Kimberly Brown at kimberly.brown@dss.virginia.gov if you would like copies of Powerpoint presentations.

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