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2021 APP Grantee Conference: Creating Diamonds During Times of Great Pressure

2021 Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Grantee Conference. Creating Diamonds During Times of Great Pressure

Conference Overview & Objectives 

The 2021 Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (APP) Grantee Conference is designed specifically for Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) and Sexual Risk Avoidance Education (SRAE) grantees to learn new and innovative strategies to effectively engage and support youth to overcome challenging experiences to realize positive outcomes. The conference will include keynote speakers, workshops, spotlight sessions, posters, exhibitors, and networking opportunities. It is anticipated that over 700 representatives from 270 grantee organizations will participate in the 2021 conference. This year’s conference is designed specifically for grantees to network, connect, and learn new strategies to improve their SRAE and PREP services for youth.

By the end of the conference, participants will be able to do the following:

  • Describe at least two new strategies for supporting future PREP and SRAE programming with youth.
  • Obtain resources to effectively meet the needs of special youth populations.
  • Connect with other PREP and SRAE grantees to network and share resources, lessons learned, and innovative practices.
  • Identify new tools, resources, and connections for organizational capacity, evaluation, social media marketing, and/or sustainability.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of emerging trends in adolescent health, pregnancy prevention, and life skills development.

A brief conference booklet may be found here. Full session details are provided at the links below in the schedule.

Conference Tracks

To help participants select sessions, workshop and poster presentations have been grouped into five conference tracks, described in greater detail below.

Program Implementation

Aimed at project directors, frontline staff, facilitators, and partners, sessions in this track will cover techniques and approaches that support effective programming and implementation, like implementing programs with fidelity, collaborating with organizations that provide wraparound services, involving youth in program delivery, adapting curricula, and other issues that support the development of strong programs.

Sustainability, Program Management, Organizational Capacity, and Infrastructure

Aimed at project directors and Coordinators, sessions in this track will focus on strategies for ensuring sustainable programs and services and opportunities for strategic communication and dissemination. Sessions in this track are also aimed at building organizational capacity for program implementation and service delivery, program management and workforce training development.

Engaging Families, Schools, and Communities

Sessions in this track are applicable to all staff roles and will focus on best practices and research for engaging parents, caregivers, and schools and how to garner community support.

Innovative Approaches and Emerging Issues

Sessions in this track are appropriate for all staff roles and will explore new research and practice findings, technological innovations, and updates from the fields of adolescent pregnancy and SRAE. Sessions may also focus on new and emerging issues that affect the field or youth that programs serve.

Data, Researc­h, and Evaluation

Geared toward evaluators and project directors, sessions in this track will focus on both grantee and federal evaluation efforts, evaluation methods and techniques, and data collection and analysis. Both process and outcome evaluation focused sessions are included in this track.


Liz Dozier

Liz Dozier, the Founder and CEO of Chicago Beyond, will open the conference. Chicago Beyond is a social impact investor supporting youth and racial equity. From education to activism, Liz Dozier has spent her career working tirelessly to disrupt the culture of inequity that is often pervasive in urban neighborhoods. This presentation will provide strategies for supporting and inspiring youth to strive for bright and hopeful futures.

Dr. Sonny Kelly

Dr. Sonny Kelly a professional performer, storyteller, motivator, speaker, and scholar will close the conference. Currently a full-time professor of Communication at Fayetteville Technical Community College, Dr. Kelly holds a PhD in Communication from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He volunteers as an Artist in Residence with Fayetteville Urban Ministry's Find-A-Friend youth program in Fayetteville, NC and Boomerang Youth, Inc's alternative to suspension program in Chapel Hill, NC. This interactive session will engage participants using storytelling, poetry, and personal experience to develop diverse personal connections in an innovative way.


Schedule at a Glance

Below in the Conference daily schedule are links to details about each day's sessions. Please be advised, times presented here are in EDT. The conference platform (Hopin) will convert times to your time zone automatically.  

Monday, June 14 - Schedule

12:30 - 1:00 p.m. EDT

Tribal Opening (optional) 

1:00 – 1:30 p.m. EDT

FYSB Welcome

1:30 – 2:45 p.m. EDT

Opening Plenary

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. EDT


3:00 – 4:10 p.m. EDT

Concurrent Session 1

4:10 – 5:00 p.m. EDT

Exhibitor/Developer Booths Open (optional)


Tuesday, June 15 - Schedule

1:00 – 2:10 p.m. EDT

Concurrent Session 2

2:10 – 2:30 p.m. EDT


2:30 – 3:15 p.m. EDT

FYSB Update

3:15 – 3:30 p.m. EDT


3:30 – 4:30 p.m. EDT

Networking Session 1

5:00 – 6:30 p.m. EDT

Exhibitor/Developer Booths Open (optional)

Wednesday, June 16 - Schedule

1:00 – 2:10 p.m. EDT

Concurrent Session 3

2:10 – 2:30 p.m. EDT


2:30 – 3:30 p.m. EDT

Youth Plenary Panel

3:30 – 3:45 p.m. EDT


3:45 – 4:45 p.m. EDT

Poster session (4 sessions)

4:45 – 6:30 p.m. EDT


6:30 – 7:15 p.m. EDT

Networking Session 2 (Option A)

Thursday, June 17 - Schedule

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. EDT

Exhibitor/Developer Booths Open (optional)

1:00 – 1:45 p.m. EDT

Networking Session 2 (Option B)

1:45 – 2:00 p.m. EDT


2:00 – 3:10 p.m. EDT

Concurrent Session 4

3:10 – 3:30 p.m. EDT


3:30 – 4:45 p.m. EDT

Closing Plenary with Q&A

4:45 – 5:00 p.m. EDT

FYSB Closing



Page last updated: June 9, 2021