CYFAR 2022 Presentations

CYFAR 2022 Event Day 1

Welcome and Keynote

The welcome session introduced participants to the CYFAR Professional Development and Technical Assistance Center team, coaches, and the USDA-NIFA sponsor.

The keynote presentation by Dr. Caprice Hollins covered Racial Microaggressions: What They Are and Why They Are Harmful.

Presentation Part 1

Presentation Part 2

Breakout 1

Breakout 1 included presentations on gamification in community programming, adult–youth relationships and mental health, compelling presentation design, and youth partnerships for program success.

Using Gamification in Community Programming

Anh Do presented on gamification, including what gamification is, identifying the different types of game elements, and outlining some guiding principles and best practices for employing gamification in community programming.


Tending to Adult–Youth Relationships in the Context of a National Mental Health Crisis

Dr. Lindsey Weiler presented on fostering adult–youth relationships in the context of worsening youth mental health trends over the past several years, reviewing the current mental health crisis and its nuances, describing helpful mental health and trauma models, and discussing effective practices for tending to adult–youth relationships.


How to Design and Present a Compelling Presentation

Dr. Suzanne van den Hoogenhof and CYFAR Coach Phillip L. Early presented on tips, techniques, and strategies for developing presentations to convey information effectively to an audience.


Unlock Your Hidden Superpower: Partnering With Youth for Program Success – Part 1

Amy Leman presented on how to successfully engage and empower youth to share their voices and provide strength to program designs and implementation strategies.


Breakout 2

Breakout 2 included presentations on emotions in youth mentoring relationships, communicating value and impact to stakeholders, cross-cultural conflict, and youth partnerships for program success.

Applying an Emotion-Focused Lens to Youth Mentoring Relationships

Dr. Lindsey Weiler presented on applying an emotion-focused lens to youth mentoring relationships to promote more authentic and impactful relationships and more robust program outcomes. The presentation covered emotion-focused strategies, such as emotion coaching, and potential youth outcomes, such as increased self-awareness, increased mattering, improved mental health, and mitigated substance use.


Communicating the Value and Impact of Your CYFAR Program With Stakeholders

Nasteha Sharif, Bosteya Jama, Sam Grant, Jennifer A. Skuza, and Joanna Tzenis presented on ways to explain program impact, including developing audience-focused content and grounding inspiring stories in evaluation data.


Strategies for Effectively Engaging in Cross-Cultural Conflict

Keynote speaker Dr. Caprice Hollins presented a workshop to develop skills for engaging when tension exists across cultures. Strategies presented included how to engage when you offend, how to engage when you are offended, and how to engage when you witness an offense.

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Unlock Your Hidden Super Power: Partnering With Youth for Program Success – Part 2

Part 2 of Amy Leman's workshop presentation covered empowering youth as partners by putting the information from Part 1 into practice with more information on overcoming barriers to including youth as partners in programming.


Lunch Session

This working lunch session set the stage for Breakout 3, sharing lessons from workshops using improv and standup comedy, graphic medicine, and Theatre of the Oppressed methodology to train health professionals about advancing health equity; incorporating experiential storytelling and discussion; and creating a safe, courageous, brave space for exploration and discussion.



Breakout 3

Breakout 3 included experiential learning modules spanning graphics in medicine; theater, including using improv and Theatre of the Oppressed methodology; and stand-up comedy. Dr. Caprice Hollins's workshop on cross-cultural conflict from Breakout 2 and Dr. Lindsey Weiler's presentation on adult–youth relationships in the context of a national mental health crisis from Breakout 1 were also offered again.

Using Principles of Graphic Medicine to Care for Diverse Families and Teach About Advancing Equity

Dr. Brian Callender presented on the basics of making comics and how comics are used to tell stories and discuss topics, focusing on how to use comics to craft a personal narrative and providing an opportunity for self-reflection, expression, and discussion.

Using Principles of Improv Theatre to Care for Diverse Families and Teach About Advancing Equity

Dr. Nicola Orlov presented an improvisational theater session introducing basic improv exercises to give a new perspective on what it means to be an effective communicator, hone verbal and nonverbal communication skills, and see conversations and the world through the eyes of others.

Using Principles of Stand-Up Comedy to Care for Diverse Families and Teach About Advancing Equity

Dr. Marshall Chin and Mona Aburmishan presented on how to use principles of observation, reflection, and discovery (common in stand-up comedy) in dialogue with strangers and friends to shift perspectives on society and self-care. Their presentation also offered opportunities to practice engaging in difficult discussions around interpersonal biases, improving communication skills, and developing relationships with diverse families.

Using Principles of Theatre of the Oppressed to Care for Diverse Families and Teach About Advancing Equity

Dr. Doriane C. Miller presented on Theatre of the Oppressed, a methodology in which a story of oppression is improvised and spectators are invited to stop the action, replace the character that is being oppressed by becoming a spect-actor, and then improvise a new ending. Interventions can range from revolutionary to moderate while allowing the group to explore how to address and implement solutions in real life as a rehearsal for the future.

Breakout 4

In addition to offering Dr. Lindsey Weiler's presentation on applying an emotion-focused lens to youth mentoring relationships from Breakout 2 again, Breakout 4 featured presentations on building relationships within Sustainable Community Projects, leveraging partnerships within the land-grant system, and renewing social capital for improved outcomes. 

Building and Cultivating Relationships Within Your Sustainable Community Projects

Dr. Misty Blue-Terry and Phillip L. Ealy presented ways to build new relationships and cultivate existing relationships within and outside a Sustainable Community Project.


Leveraging Partnerships Across Land-Grant Universities

Dr. Mark Shure, Dr. Kenneth Jones, Dr. Allison Young, Maria Harris, and Tyrone Atkinson presented on how strong partnerships between different land-grant institutions (including those formed and given land-grant status in 1862, 1890, and 1994) build effective programming and enable Sustainable Community Projects to locate partners and participants, with a focus on finding a way to engage, encourage, and empower minority youth.


Rebuilding and Renewing Social Capital for Improved Outcomes, Engagement, and Sustainability

Kelsi Chappell, Aliria Bello, and Heather Meyer presented an overview of the tools and innovative strategies used by Colorado and Rhode Island's Sustainable Community Projects to improve outcomes for CYFAR participants, including how Colorado's Family Leadership Training Institute improved social capital to engage participants in their communities effectively and how Project stRIde engages different learning styles, addresses the summer learning gap, and plans to sustain Project stRIde into the future.


USDA Open Office Hours

USDA-NIFA Program Leader Dr. Bonita Williams and Program Specialist Keesha Corbin offered open office hours where participants could ask questions, voice opinions, connect with national program staff, and learn about spending down funds and using gift cards in program spending. 


CYFAR 2022 Event Day 2


The capnote presentation by Dr. Sandra Simpkins covered the importance of cultivating culturally responsive programming to help ensure the positive development of all youth and described some of the challenges and best practices Dr. Simpkins has identified in their work with programs, youth, and families.


Breakout 5

Breakout 5 included presentations on building trust and working within communities with limited resources and preparing youth for work, a roundtable on working with Native American populations, and another offering of Amy Leman's Unlock Your Hidden Super Power: Partnering With Youth for Program Success – Part 1 from Day 1, Breakout 1.

Building Trust and Working Effectively With Communities With Limited Resources

Dr. Misty Blue-Terry, Dr. Autumn Guin, and Dr. Jennifer Wells-Marshall presented on best practices for effectively engaging participants in communities with limited resources, offered lessons learned in building trust with communities, and allowed session attendees an opportunity to discuss the challenges they have encountered in their programs.


Can We Build It? Preparing Youth for Work

Dr. Meagan Scott-Hoffman, Dr. Amber Letcher, Laura Personette, Dana Dotson, and Dr. Kristine Ramsay-Seaner presented experiences from Maine 4-H Community Central and North and South Dakota's Strengthening the Heartland on building workforce and life skills for high school students and on helping youth develop life readiness skills beginning in middle school and continuing through the transition from high school through accessible, grab-and-go programming.


Roundtable Discussion: Working With Native American Populations

Dr. Daniel Perkins hosted a roundtable discussion for all CYFAR projects working with Native American populations with a focus on challenges, opportunities, and lessons learned.

Breakout 6

Breakout 6 included presentations about cultivating culturally responsive programs and program sustainability in addition to another offering of Amy Leman's Unlock Your Hidden Super Power: Partnering With Youth for Program Success – Part 2.

Challenges and Best Practices in Cultivating Culturally Responsive Programs

Capnote speaker Dr. Sandra Simpkins presented a deep dive into culturally responsive programs using material covered in their capnote presentation as a jumping off point, focusing on how to get started, what to do when things do not go according to plan, and everyday challenges faced by staff.

Creating a Roadmap to Sustainability

Joyce Grimes, Nancy Ooki, and Dr. Carolyn Gunther presented on how to scale up a Sustainable Community Project during CYFAR funding and how to continue programming after funding ends using examples, strategies, and tips from Ohio's Simple Suppers Scale-Up Sustainable Community Project and Hawaii's Sustainable Community Project.



Getting Untangled in the CYFAR SpiderWeb

Mark Otto and Dr. Suzanne van den Hoogenhof from the CYFAR Leadership Team presented on the Program Sustainability Assessment Tool, the eight key domains of sustainability, and why coaches use it in the sustainability toolkit.


Lunch Session

This working lunch session, The Realities of Resilience in the Face of Burnout, featured a presentation from Dr. Tai J. Mendenhall on common burnout and compassion fatigue symptoms as well as empirically proven strategies that harness resources across individual, couple, family, and social-systems continua. Tangible resources and tools to facilitate biopsychosocial and spiritual health were also provided.



Grounding Sequence

Relaxation Sequence for Sleep

Sleep Bookmark

Self-Reflection Prompts

Additional Readings

Breakout 7

Breakout 7 included a presentation by Dr. Tai J. Mendenhall expanding on the working lunch session as well as presentations on assessing and addressing modern program challenges, involving youth leadership in planning, and CYFAR common measures.

Burnout, Recognition, and Prevention

Dr. Tai J. Mendenhall provided time for questions and answers following his working lunch session (see Lunch Session tab for presentation and resources).

Measured Approaches to Modern Program Challenges

Boyd Owens presented on South Carolina State University's Alternative System Delivery Assessment Team, which created the 1890s Extension Service Delivery Model, a living document subject to change to address the needs of 1890s Extension's clientele specifically, through a thorough assessment of current challenges; detailed proposed solutions to those challenges; and a detailed guide on offering virtual, hybrid, direct, and modified-direct services. 

Programming for and With Youth: Including Youth Leadership and Voice in the Planning Year

Joe Maldonado, James M. Boling, Jr., Nasir Moorman, Dr. Shannon Wiley, Dr. Kendra P. Alexander, Jaylah Dixon, and Kenyatta Dixon presented on The Nia Project, incorporating youth leadership and youth voice into the planning year of their CYFAR project, and using insights from focus groups conducted with youth across sites.

The Power of CYFAR Program Quality

Mark Otto and Dr. Suzanne van den Hoogenhof from the CYFAR Leadership Team presented on the importance and significance of CYFAR common measures with a focus on what the data collected from CYFAR grants says about the impact of CYFAR programs.


Breakout 8

Breakout 8 featured a second opportunity to attend a working lunch session follow-up with Dr. Tai J. Mendenhall as well as presentations on the importance of staying connected using social media like Twitter and LinkedIn and what to do with program data once it has been collected.

CYFAR Twitter and LinkedIn: Staying Connected and Why It Is Important

CYFAR Coach Phillip L. Ealy presented on the importance of networks and networking, highlighting two ways the CYFAR PDTA Center is providing arenas for grantees to stay networked with each other.

I Have My Data—Now What?

Sam Grant and Dr. Suzanne van den Hoogenhof from the CYFAR Leadership Team presented on what to do with common measures (and other data), guidance on Survey Builder, tips on data cleaning and analysis, and how to share data beyond reports.