Ohio Reach



Wednesday, April 3, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM EDT
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Columbus Convention Center Short North Ballroom 
400 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215

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William Murray, IV 
Ohio Reach 

Sonia Tillman
Differential Response and Special Project Manger ODJFS- Office of Families and Special Children



Fostering Pathways to Success: A Conference for Transition Age Emancipated Foster Youth and Supporters 

Conference Registration: 8 am to 9 am
Conference Program begins at 9 am

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Ohio Reach and JOURNEY to Successful Living are partnering this year to bring you another dynamic Fostering Pathways to Success Conference. 

The Fostering Pathways to Success conference will be held on Wednesday April 3, 2019 at the Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High Street Columbus, Ohio. This year’s luncheon keynote speaker will be LaToya Logan.  Ms. Logan is a former foster youth and is the current founder of Project LIFT Behavioral Health Services in Cleveland, OH. Project LIFT Behavioral Health Services is a non-profit organization that targets the needs of transitional aged males and provides supportive services to assist them with community re-entry, educational, employment and housing successes. Project LIFT specializes in anti-oppressive services and training to deconstruct systems and practices which disempower historically marginalized populations.

We are excited to introduce our foster youth and young adults to a vastly unique and interactive experience in the afternoon! Independence City will offer foster youth and young adults (ages 14 -21) with a fun, yet challenging life simulation that will give participants a glimpse into real-life scenarios. During Independence City, foster youth will have an opportunity to:

  • Practice and develop independent living skills that will help them in life;
  • Exercise critical thinking, problem solving and decision-making abilities;
  • Learn how to gain access to Housing, Transportation, Medicaid, Food Assistance, and other needed community resources; and
  • Explore post- secondary supports for career preparation, such as college, vocational and apprenticeship opportunities as well as, the armed forces.

In addition to the Independence City experience, we will also offer workshops for youth and adults. Caseworkers and adult supporters can earn continuing professional education credits while attending instructional and helpful learning sessions. 

For Additional Information, Contact: 

William Murray IV - Director of Ohio Reach, william@pcsao.org or

Sonia Tillman - Differential Response and Special Project Manager Sonia.Tillman@jfs.ohio.gov

Deadline for Registration is March 27th, 2019. Register early to secure your spot.

Please Note: If you are registering a current foster youth, please do not register them through this site. Instead, email Shelly Boyd the details of the youth that will be attending at Transitional-Youth-Programs@jfs.ohio.gov  

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