Youth & Family Support Summit

 This day long summit is being hosted jointly by Episcopal Ministries of Long Island and the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries.


Saturday March 11, 2017

The George Mercer, Jr. Memorial School of Theology

65 Fourth Street

Garden City, NY 11530


The George Mercer, Jr. Memorial School of Theology 
65 Fourth Street
Garden City, NY 11530

Driving Directions 


Tricia Vertucci 
Episcopal Ministries of Long Island 
516-248-4800 Ext. 119 

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

 Panel Topics;

  • 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.