Details Announced for the Making Choices Youth Conference – April 13, 2019

Youth Connection, Inc. will host Making Choices – Youth Conference on Saturday, April 13, 2019. This event is sponsored by Waco ISD

Place: University High School Gymnasium 3201 S New Rd, Waco, TX 76706

All Waco and McLennan County schools are invited and encouraged to bring students (5th through 12th grade) to hear speaker Craig J. Boykin. The cost is $5.00 per student for the first 100 students. After 100 students, the cost is $2.50 per student. (Price includes lunch)
Number of students attending required by April 5, 2019

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Contact Carolyn Nichols at 254-202-8480 or, You may also contact Board Chairperson Tammie Bowman 254-300-3646

To learn more about the conference and our speaker Craig Boykin, click here. 

SAVE THE DATE! Moving Forward Conference set for April 13, 2018!

We are excited to announce plans are already in progress for our next Moving Forward: Effective Ways to Impact Others Spring Conference! This year’s event will take place on Friday, April 13, 2018, at the McLennan Community College Conference Center.

STAY TUNED for more details, a special announcement about this year’s speaker, and to reserve your seat!

Online Registration NOW OPEN for our 2017 Spring Conference!

Have you registered yet for our Moving Forward: Effective Ways to Impact Others Conference on April 7, 2017?

Here’s your chance! Our convenient online registration link is now available! Click here to reserve your seat TODAY! Or, cut and paste this link into your browser:

To learn more about this year’s conference, visit our event page at

We look forward to seeing you on April 7!


Moving Forward: Effective Ways to Impact Others Conference set for April 7, 2017!

Youth Connection will host its 21st annual Central Texas Regional Conference, “Moving Forward: Effective Ways to Impact Others” from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 7, 2017, at McLennan Community College Conference Center with registration starting at 8:00 a.m.

By very popular request we are bringing Kevin Tutt and Michael Daggs back to Waco! This is an awesome opportunity to hear these two powerful speakers! (

The emphasis for this year’s conference will focus on motivation. Anyone attending will benefit from their powerful messages!  The keynote presentation will cover “The Power of Positive & Lifting Others Up.”  Breakout sessions will cover titles such as: “A Change in Perspective – Looking at Situations Differently,” “The Art of Communications and Handling Difficult Situation,” and “Working Within Your Strengths.”

Tyler M. Smith is a Sr. Lecturer & Division Leader at Baylor University will present “The Implications That Culture Has on Family.”

Emilie Cunningham is an instructor of Maternal and Infant Health at Baylor University and the Family Life Coordinator at Providence Health Center in Waco, Texas, where she serves as a community and staff educator. She will serve as presenter for a breakout session entitled, “Optimizing the Transition to Mother hood and the First Year.”

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.

Checks may be made payable to Youth Connection, Inc. Please mail registration form and checks to:

Youth Connection, Inc.

P.O. Box 20984

Waco, Texas 76702

All registration forms must be received no later than March 28, 2017. No refunds for cancellation after March 28, 2017. For registration after March 28. The cost will be $85.

For additional information, please call (254)202-8480 or email

SAVE THE DATE! Moving Forward will be April 7, 2017!

Make plans now to attend our 21st annual conference on Friday, April 7, 2017!

Each Spring, Youth Connection hosts “Moving Forward: Effective Ways to Reach Our Youth” for professionals who work with youth. It covers new programs, methods and strategies to use with at-risk teens.

STAY TUNED! We will announce this year’s keynote (or keynotes!) ASAP! PLUS, a special announcement for this year’s Break Out Speaker — a local favorite we are super excited about!

Make sure you mark your calendars NOW! CEUs WILL BE OFFERED!

Where: McLennan Community College Conference Center, Waco, Texas (

Admission*: Registration fee of $75. Student fee is $20 with current student ID.

*Fee includes lunch and all program materials.

For more information or to be on the conference mailing list, contact Carolyn Nichols at (254) 202-8480 or

NEW LOCATION ANNOUNCED for Down on the Bayou!

dotb-2016Lassiez les bon temps rouler!
“Let the good times roll!”

Dance the night away to the sounds of Waco’s favorite Cajun band – Classie Ballou and the Family Band – while you enjoy the tastes of a New Orleans-inspired dinner complete with an open bar of beer and wine. Need to shop? Our auction items are unsurpassed, and all donations go directly to ensure our work continues to help at-risk youth in Waco.

Reserve your seat NOW for our annual Down on the Bayou Special Event on Saturday, October 22, 2016. The party begins at 7:00pm!

NEW LOCATION! This year’s event will be held at the Knox Center at The Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum located at I-35 and University Parks Drive in Waco, Texas.

For ticket information or to join us in our work as a corporate sponsor, contact Carolyn Nichols at (254) 202-8480 or

The continued success of Youth Connection’s programs relies heavily on the generosity and support of community members and area businesses. Funds raised from “Down on the Bayou” will go directly to Youth Connection, Inc.’s services and educational efforts.

Become part of “Down on the Bayou” so you … don’t end up in the swamp!

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for our Upcoming 2016 Conference!

It’s almost here! Moving Forward: Effective Ways to Reach our Youth is now in its 20th year! Our 2016 conference will be April 8th at the McLennan Community College Conference Center.

CEUs will be offered!

We are excited to bring this year’s keynotes, Kevin Tutt and Michael of Daggs of Tutt & Daggs, Creative Performance Improvement to Waco! For the past 10 years, this duo has presented to over 500 different organizations in the areas of excellence, commitment and teamwork with many presentations focusing on the area of public and higher education with an emphasis on maximizing youth engagement and potential.

To learn more about Kevin Tutt and Michael Daggs, please visit their website at

Reserve your seat NOW at

We look forward to seeing you on April 8th!





Meet Justine Dietz from the Baylor School of Social Work

We’d like to welcome Justine Dietz to our Youth Connection Waco team! Justine joins us this year as our intern from the Baylor School of Social Work. We are excited to work with Justine and know we will enjoy her working with us to serve the youth of Waco, Texas.

YC - Justine Dietz

“I am a senior social work major in the Baylor School of Social Work from Springfield, Illinois. I have a passion for working with youth and desire to see them succeed. I want to help youth live their lives to be the best they can be. I am graduating in May 2016 and plan on attending graduate school to complete my Masters of Social Work in the fall of 2016.”