Youth First 2011
Youth First 2011 will take place on Friday, February 4, 2011
at the Riverside Conference Center in Stafford County.
What is Youth First?
The Youth First Partnership began as a thought that the youth service agencies in our region could be better connected, and the community better served, through collaboration. The partnership is comprised of representatives from the City of Fredericksburg, Stafford and Spotsylvania Counties, the Rappahannock Area Office on Youth, the Rappahannock United Way, and Snowden at Fredericksburg. Our mission is, “To build a stronger community by promoting collaboration amongst youth serving agencies”. We have a common vision to provide an annual venue to share resources and ideas, and to promote communication and collaboration between agencies.
Therefore, the Youth First Partnership organizes “Youth First: The Annual Collaboration of Community Youth Services” – an event to provide training opportunities, to promote networking, and to increase awareness of community based resources. Training sessions cover a wide variety of topics that address youth issues and related topics. The Youth First event also provides opportunities for both for-profit and non-profit youth service agencies to present an overview of their programs and distribute information to participants. Participants of this event are youth service professionals from various programs, agencies, and organizations within the community.
This Year’s Theme & Service Project!
Each year, the Youth First Partnership chooses a theme for the conference that captures the focus for the year’s events and activities. This year’s theme is Building a Foundation. Youth First Vendors are encouraged to make use of the theme to decorate their booths at Youth First. The vendor that makes best use of the theme wins the coveted YOFI award.
In addition, Youth First Partners have selected a service project that has now been incorporated into the theme and the day’s activities. This year’s project is a book drive to benefit our local agencies! In order to receive a ticket for the vendor prizes, participants and vendor staff must donate a new children’s book. Any participant donating an extra book will receive a special ticket that enters them in a drawing to win an Amazon Kindle™!
Come out and join RCASA at this terrific community event!
Go to http://www.officeonyouth.org/youthfirst/index.html for more info