CYFAR Event Frequently Asked Questions

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Who should attend this professional development event?

All CYFAR grantee staff are required to attend. This includes staff serving as principal investigators (PI), project directors, evaluators, and CYFAR community site coordinators.

What will I learn at this professional development event?

This professional development event provides attendees with learning opportunities and tools to enhance skill sets to serve program participants better. Whether from the role of a PI or community site coordinator, attendees will learn about a wide variety of professional development topics aimed at helping CYFAR programs examine their programs, refine their efforts, and celebrate their success.

Who should attend the New Grantee Orientation?

All newly funded CYFAR grantees, funded in 2022, must attend the New Grantee Orientation. Specifically, the PI, project directors, evaluators, and community site coordinators should attend.

When can I register?

Registration will open in February and remain open until May 10, 2022.

What if I cannot attend this event and send a coworker in my place?

If a paid registrant cannot attend the event for any reason, they may have another person from the same institution attend as a substitute in their place. Please send an email and include the original registrant’s name and the name/email of the person attending in substitution to:

What if I have to cancel my event registration?

Cancellation requests must be submitted in writing and sent by email to Please note ALL cancellations will incur a $75.00 processing fee.

  • Refund requests received on or before May 10, 2022: A full refund (minus the $75 processing fee).
  • Refund requests received after May 10 but before May 28, 2022: A 50% refund (minus the $75 processing fee).
  • No refunds or credits on or after May 28, 2022.

What protocols should I expect related to COVID 19?

The CYFAR Professional Development and Technical Assistance (PDTA) Center looks forward to gathering in-person for the 2022 CYFAR Professional Development Event in Chicago, June 1-2, 2022. The CYFAR PDTA Center has adopted the Chicago/Cook County Departments of Public Health Mitigation Guidance regarding proof of vaccination, use of masks, and social distance protocols, etc. in the prevention and reduction of the transmission of COVID-19.

The most current guidance is found on these websites:

Cook County Department of Public Health

City of Chicago

In addition, please review the Hyatt COVID policy for further details about the hotel’s commitment to care and cleanliness.