9:00 a.m. Panel Presentation:
Ana Arias, Assistant Director of Youth Programs, Boys & Girls Club of the Bellport Area
Nancy Cohan, MA, VP of Grants & Program Development, Family & Children’s Association
Steve Chassman, LCSW, Executive Director, Long Island Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence
- Opportunities and strategies for strengthening families
- Ideas for ministry and collaborations with established community organizations
- The role of technology in family dynamics
- Techniques for empowering youth to develop their skills, talents and potential for success
- Community and agency programs that promote academic success, good character, and healthy lifestyles
11:00 a.m. Workshop Offerings
Parent Leadership Initiative, LI
Presenter: Ms. Danielle Asher, Director
Parent Leadership Initiative Long Island (PLI) is an innovative program designed to prepare parents and caregivers from diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds to take on leadership roles in their communities. Learn this model to help determine how your parish might structure a caring ministry for parents and caregivers that helps them in various ways.
Immigration Issues for Families
(Presenters to be announced)
This session will review the many difficulties impacting our Godly neighbors in the immigrant community. An overview of the ways the faith community can be involved in caring for and supporting these members of our community will be offered.
1:00 p.m. Workshop Offerings
Raising up our Young Men
Presenters: Jonathan Quash, MS, Director, York College Male Initiative Program Ryan Frith and David Speal, CUNY Fatherhood Academy at LaGuardia Community College
This dynamic session will explore the features of the national Fatherhood Initiative and other Male Achievement programs, which aim to strengthen and build up young men and fathers. Consider how you can support the needs of the underrepresented populations in higher education through academic enrichment and mentoring.
Considerations for our LGBTQ Youth and Families
Presenter: Margaret Fiori, LMSW, Outreach Coordinator, The Ali Forney Center
This session will provide the education and understanding that is vital for welcoming and serving the LGBTQ population. Consider how you can create a loving space for people based on our shared hopes and dreams and not our differences.
2:30 – 3:30 Closing Workshop & General Session
Empowerment Skills for Leaders
Presenters: The Rev. Diane L. DeBlasio, Priest-in-Charge, St. Boniface, Lindenhurst
Angela Zimmerman, M.P.A., Coordinator, Family Support Long Island, Molloy College
During this session, participants will have an opportunity to connect to their strengths & gifts. Understand how these attributes help create welcoming environments and build meaningful relationships within the congregation and broader community.