Moving Forward 2020 is April 24th!

We have a special…

SAVE-THE-DATE ANNOUNCEMENT!

Our next Moving Forward: Effective Ways to Impact Others Conference is Friday, April 24, 2020!

Stay tuned for all the details! This will be our 24th annual professional conference! We will get registration details to you ASAP so you can reserve your seat!

Registration Forms NOW AVAILABLE for Spring Conferences

Our Spring Conferences are only 44 days away!

We just released our registration forms to guarantee your seats. Head over to each event page for more details and to get your downloads. If you have any questions, please contact our Executive Director Carolyn Nichols at (254)202-8480 or email Carolyn.Nichols1@BSWHealth.org.

Click on each link to head to that specific page:

April 12, 2019 — Moving Forward: Effective Ways to Impact Others – Now in its 23rd year! CE Credits available!

April 13, 2019 — Making Choices Youth Conference – A special student conference specific to preteens and teens in 5th through 12th grades.

 

He’s BACK! Craig Boykin to return to Waco on April 12, 2019!

If you attended last year’s Moving Forward: Effective Ways to Impact Others Conference you met Craig Boykin and realized why he is one of the most sought-after conference speakers in the nation.

Well…

He’s coming back for 2019! Join us on April 12, 2019, at the McLennan Community College Conference Center  from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.

Mr. Boykin returns as our keynote speaker and will share his inspiring life story – GED to PhD “My Life, Your Inspiration.” His afternoon sessions will be: “Tackle Today’s Business Challenges Through Effective Leadership” and “Leading Change in 2019.”

Also with us this year will be Elizabeth Palacios, Dean for Student Development and Special Assistant to the President on Diversity. Ms. Palacios will present during the second morning session.

Registration is $75* and includes lunch (breakfast is not provided) and program materials. A special $20 student fee is available with current Student I.D. CE Credits will be available for an additional charge of $10. The conference is approved for social workers, licensed professional counselors, psychologists and any other group that will accept the conference as CE for that individual. All persons who attend the entire workshop and complete the evaluation form will be awarded 7 Continuing Education contact hours for social workers, psychologists and other approved individuals.

For more information and to reserve your seat, please contact Carolyn Nichols at (254)202-8480 or Carolyn.Nichols1@BSWHealth.org

*Early registration closes on April 5, 2019. After this date, registration is $85 per person.

To view the main conference webpage, please click here.

Craig Boykin to be Keynote Speaker at this year’s Moving Forward Conference

Our 22nd annual conference is set to be the best one yet with nationally-known speaker, Craig Boykin on stage as our Keynote.

From Mr. Boykin’s website (www.craigboykin.com):

Craig Boykin – Our Keynote Speaker for our 22nd Annual Moving Forward: Effective Ways to Impact Others Conference on April 13, 2018.

Craig J. Boykin, is the originator of Make Edu Count, an author, and speaker. Recognized nationally, Mr. Boykin has traveled extensively to present a variety of speeches and workshops based on his foundational work “Helping Educators Overcome Cultural Poverty, Disengaged Parents, and Apathetic Students.” Craig also offers approaches for effectively nurturing student achievement and overcoming economic class barriers. An expert in overcoming cultural poverty. Craig has literally pulled himself up by the bootstraps, reinventing not only his life but hundreds of thousands of educators and other professionals in seminars around the world. He received a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University Montgomery; master’s degree in Justice Administration from Faulkner University, and a master’s degree in Biblical Studies from Faulkner University.   Craig has published five books since 2013 and he has been featured on talk shows, won various awards, and his story has been shared in many inspirational magazines and across the web.  ​ 

Craig’s personal mission in life is to provide hope to individuals who feel that their current situation is hopeless. Craig travels the country presenting his seminars and workshops. Craig has published five books since 2013 and he has been featured on talk shows, won various awards, and his story has been shared in many inspirational magazines and across the web. 

Craig will be with us ONE DAY ONLY! Join us on Friday, April 13, 2018, at the McLennan Community College Conference Center.

Registration is $75 and includes lunch (breakfast is not provided) and program materials. A special $20 student fee is available with current Student I.D. CE Credits will be available for an additional charge of $10. The conference is approved for social workers, licensed professional counselors, psychologists and any other group that will accept the conference as CE for that individual. All persons who attend the entire workshop and complete the evaluation form will be awarded 7 Continuing Education contact hours for social workers, psychologists and other approved individuals.

For additional information, please call (254)202-8480 or email Carolyn.Nichols1@BSWHealth.org. You may also visit our conference page to view flyers, registration forms and more information on our presenters. We look forward to seeing you on April 13!

2018 Moving Forward brings Craig Boykin and Jimmy Dorrell to MCC Conference Center

Youth Connection will host its 22nd annual conference, “Moving Forward: Effective Ways to Impact Others” April 13, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at McLennan Community College Conference Center.

Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. Registration fee is $75 which includes lunch and program materials. A special $20 student fee is available with current Student I.D. Continuing Education Credits will be available for an additional $10. The conference is approved for social workers, licensed professional counselors, psychologists and any other group that will accept the conference as CE for that individual. For more information call (254)202-8480 or email Carolyn.Nichols1@BSWHealth.org

We are bringing Craig J. Boykin to Waco as our keynote/sessions speaker. Craig is a renowned speaker, author, community activist,, and mentor. He has devoted his life to creating lasting change for those who desire it; Craig has risen to national stage by delivering his inspirational message which tells people how to shake off mediocrity and live up to their greatness. It is a message Craig has learned from his own life and one he is helping others apply to their lives. Craig is one of the nation’s leading authorities in understanding and stimulating human potential, utilizing a powerful delivery and newly emerging insights to teach, inspire and channel people to new levels of achievement.  Most motivational speakers offer canned approaches to their strategies, but Craig J. Boykin uses his expansive real life understanding and extensive education to develop presentations that will inspire motivation along with accountability.

In addition, Waco’s own Dr. Jimmy Dorrell will be our morning breakout presenter.

After moving into a blighted neighborhood in North Waco with his family 41 years ago, he created an “empowerment-based” non-profit organization that has existed for 25 years. Part of his mission is to do community development in the formerly poor neighborhood, which has included the restoration of an abandoned shopping center (now a successful café, performing theater, offices, visual arts center and youth center), a non-profit grocery store in a food desert, an aquaponics center, a children’s center, a homeless shelter, and a “one-stop shop” for social services. Jimmy will present on “From the Mountain to the Valley: Facing the challenges of poverty and marginalization in our own communities from an incarnational model.” His presentation will focus on:

  1. The importance of working “with” instead of “for” the poor and marginalized.
  2. Empowerment vs. relief as an effective model of community engagement and change.
  3. The negative challenges of doing “relief” instead of “development.”
  4. Listening to the community
  5. Facing social injustices such as racism, sexism, and judgmentalism in community

Join us on April 13th for a day of education, insight and sharing as we work to positively impact others in our communities and lives.

Contact Carolyn Nichols to reserve your seat at (254)202-8480 or email Carolyn.Nichols1@BSWHealth.org