Youth Connection Will Present the 18th Annual Conference on Effective Ways to Reach Youth

Youth Connection will host its 18th annual conference, “Moving Forward: Effective Ways to Reach Our Youth,” to present new programs, methods and strategies for professionals who work with youth on April 11, 2014 at the McLennan Community College Conference Center.

This event is popular with the teaching, nursing, social work, coaching and youth work professionals. “Moving Forward” is specifically geared to these professionals in empowering them to be highly impactful in their work with young people. Registration fee is $75 (Special Student Rate:$20, Copy of current Student I.D. must accompany registration form)–covers conference fee, lunch and program materials. CE Credits will be available for an additional charge of $10.

The keynote speaker, Gary McGuey, is passionate about helping organizations build a principle-centered work environment that can help people improve their professional and personal lives.

This conference included essential educational information to teachers, counselors, parents, and other attendees on helping and understanding difficulties in today’s youth.Teachers have consistently expressed high satisfaction with the speakers and the program content and have given the conference high evaluation rating,” Nichols said. “The majority believed they were able to learn valuable skills or gain important insights as a result of the meeting. Our goal is to continue realizing these high achievements in each one of our conferences.”

For more information, or to register, contact Youth Connnection executive director Carolyn Nichols at (254) 202-8480 or

Save the Date!!!

Youth Connection will be sponsoring the 18th Annual Central Texas Regional Conference on April 11, 2014. The guest speaker and details will be announced very soon. A registration fee of $75 is required for participation in conference activities and includes lunch and program materials. The student fee is $20, but is available only to those with current Student IDs. More information will be posted at a later date. You do not want to miss this outstanding opportunity for growth! Mark your calendars!

Meet the Keynote Speaker



2014 Keynote Speaker information coming soon!

At our last conference the event included presentations by speaker, author and educator Ray Guarendi, Ph. D. Dr. Guarendi is a motivating, humorous, practical, outstanding speaker. He is a father, an author, a speaker, and a clinical psychologist who specializes in parenting and childhood problems. His experience includes: being a consultant to many school districts, Head Start programs, mental health centers, substance abuse programs, in-patient psychiatric centers, juvenile courts, and having his own private practice. He has been a guest on numerous national, regional and local television and radio shows…in over 40 states and in Canada. Among his appearances are ones on Jenny Jones, Joan Rivers, The 700 Club and four separate appearances on “Oprah.” His first book, “You’re a Better Parent than You Think,” was published in 1985 and is in its 26th printing. His other books include: “Back To The Family,” “Discipline That Lasts A Lifetime,” “Good Discipline: Great Teens” and, his most recent ones, “Adoption: Choosing It, Living It, Loving It” and “Marriage: Small Steps/Big Rewards.” Dr. Guarendi hosts his own nationally syndicated radio show, which is aired on over 185 stations in the United States and his own syndicated television show. He is a parenting columnist who “practices what he preaches” in that he and his wife have ten well-adjusted children…all adopted and between the ages of 10 and 23. To learn more about Ray Guarendi visit his website.