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November 15, 2017


10:15 - 10:45


11:00 - 11:45

Opening Remarks & Keynote

Speakers: Jessica Noble & Coach Bill Snyder    Regency A

11:45 - 12:30


12:45 - 2:15 

Youth Initiated Mentoring: Game Changing Strategy for At-Risk Youth

Speakers: Melissa Beagley & Teresa Riesberg    Conference Room I
Evidence suggests  that high quality  youth mentoring programs  can have positive influences on outcomes  for at­ risk youth. However, mentoring programs often struggle to meet the high demand for volunteer mentors. Youth initiated mentoring  (YIM), in which youth recruit mentors  from  their own social networks, is an innovation  that holds promise for addressing this and other challenges mentoring programs face. In this session, presenters will discuss a collaborative effort between mentoring programs and the juvenile justice system to reach more at-risk youth in the Omaha community. Participants will come away from the discussion with tips and tools to explore implementing  Youth Initiated  Mentoring in their communities.

12: 45 - 2:15

National Service 101

Speakers: Maggie Garvey, Sarah Lyke & Jessica Noble  Conference Room I
Curious about AmeriCorps? How it works? Wondering if it's a good fit for your organization? It so, this workshop is for you!  The needs  of Kansas communities  are increasing and resources  are shrinking. AmeriCorps can help organizations and educational institutions fill in the gaps. If you are struggling to help meet the needs in your community, this workshop will offer solutions and fresh ideas. We'll help you identify which program-AmeriCorps State, AmeriCorps  VISTA or AmeriCorps NCCC-fits your organizational needs, and what you need to know about funding and sponsoring projects.

12:45 - 2:15

Using Druckers Five Questions to Achieve Organizational Vitality & Results

Speaker: Joe Marlow        Conference Room V
Peter Drucker is considered the founder of modern management and was also a renowned consultant and mentor. Drucker's approach was not to come with a prepackaged set of prescriptions; rather he asked open­ ended questions to evoke discussions and possible solutions. In this workshop we will use Drucker's "5 Most Important Questions" to initiate discussions regarding your organizational mission, clients, and plans so you may get the results you desire.

12: 45 - 2:15

Rise of Facebook - Re- Friending Your Public Through Social Media

Speaker: Anna Collins & Brandy Hodge   Conference Room III
Is your organization using social media as a recruitment tool or a way to connect with your community? If not, you could be missing out connecting with a group of potential volunteers, donors, or advocates. In the Rise of Facebook- Re-friending your Public, you will learn how Johnson County Human Services has utilized Facebook for the past five years to tell their story, connect with the public, and recruit/retain volunteers. Some may say 'Facebook is sooo three years ago...' Come join us for an interactive session, where we will show you how using private groups, sponsored ads, and tagging has successfully grown a county government's volunteer program and raised awareness about Human Services. We will also cover best practices of social media (such as dos and don'ts). Bring your phone or tablet and we will walk you through free apps that even the least creative person can create collages & ads with very little time or skill.

12: 45 - 2:15

Laying the Foundation

Speakers: Jamie Crispin & Amy Pinger     Regency BI
New to volunteer management? Want to rebuild your volunteer program? Join Jamie Crispin as she discusses Twelve Elements of a Successful Volunteer Program. This workshop gives suggestions on how to build a strong foundation for your volunteer program. No matter the size of your organization, these elements will support volunteer engagement and retention. Participants are encouraged to share best practices and network during the workshop.

2:30 - 4:00

Overview of Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring

Speaker: Destinee Parker      Conference Room I
The Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™ (EEP) published by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, have long been the gold standard in the mentoring field. The Fourth Edition of the EEP, released in September 2015, details six evidence-based, research-informed, and practitioner-approved standards for developing and maintaining safe and effective mentoring programs and fostering impactful mentoring relationships. These standards include benchmarks that are intended to be applicable across almost every type of youth mentoring program and enhancements that may be useful in increasing program quality. This session will provide you with an overview of the six standards that have been widely adopted by youth mentoring programs across the country to ensure quality and alignment with the latest research.

2:30 - 4:00

AmeriCorps Kansas 101

Speaker: Paula Branizor       Regency BI
AmeriCorps State funding can greatly expand the reach of your organization. The Kansas Volunteer Commission houses the AmeriCorps State program, receiving funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Come learn the basics about AmeriCorps State funding, the grant application process and the 2018-19 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), and what it takes to qualify for and manage an AmeriCorps Kansas grant once awarded.

2:30 - 4:00

Building Meaninful Member Experineces

Speaker: Rachel Henderson    Conference Room II
How do you ensure your member experience is one of a kind? Join Rachel, an AmeriCorps VISTA alum and current VISTA Project director for a fun, interactive workshop and discussion around creating a positive member experience including both professional and personal development experiences! Bring your ideas to share with the group and be ready to learn from others as well.

2:30 - 4:00

Utilizing Data & Structure to Create Sustainability   

Speakers: Mary Shannon & Dan Soliday     Conference Room V
Now more than ever, nonprofits must find effective ways to organize themselves and engage others if they hope to survive, grow, and thrive. This interactive, participant-centered workshop will introduce participants to strategies for improving their organizational sustainability to better meet their mission. We will present techniques and guidance in becoming more sustainable through improved leadership capacity, utilizing tools for assessing, monitoring, and responding to internal and external changes, and by applying technical knowledge, facilities, expertise, tools and experience to build program capacity.

2:30 - 4:00 

Best Practices for Utilizing Volunteers for Special Events

Speaker: Erinn Stiles
For many agencies, special events represent a unique opportunity  to reach a wider audience and increase revenue. Often, utilizing volunteer resources is the only practical approach  to implementing  special events.However, the prospect of leveraging  a large number of volunteers can often be a daunting task with many pitfalls  to success. During  this workshop, we will examine  some best practices  for utilizing volunteers for special events- how to organize volunteer sign-ups, determining and communicating volunteer roles and responsibilities, volunteer recruitment, volunteer management during the event itself and what to do when things don't go as planned.

4:15 - 5:15

Service Project 

Regency A

Rise Against Hunger Food Packing  

November 16, 2017


8:00 - 8:30 


8:30 - 10:00

Match Closure 101: Maximizing Match Liongevity & Minimizing Premature Match Endings

Speaker: Donnovan Karber      Conference Room I
Evidence-based mentoring research indicates that mentoring programs that do not follow the established best practices of mentoring will do more harm to youth than good. Much of the harm caused to youth in mentoring programs is due to premature match endings. Having proper match closure procedures is imperative for running a safe and effective mentoring program. Evaluating a mentoring programs match closures can offer valuable insight into how mentoring best practices are being followed in all areas of the mentoring program. Implementing match closure best practices and then evaluating why mentoring matches are ending will help programs maximize match longevity and minimize premature match endings.

8:30 - 10:00

Volunteer Reporter 101

Speakers: Linn Hogg & Joni Spellmeier   Conference Room II
Get the most out of the Volunteer Reporter Software. This session will assist others in recording hours and other information in Volunteer Reporter, as well as, easily accessing reports for semi-annual PPR.


8:30 - 10:00

Fostering Innovation

Speakers: Danny Barrera & Lucy Petroucheva    Conference Room V
Innovation can happen in any organization at any level, but how do you foster it and make sustainable, meaningful change? In this workshop, we will take a look at how different organizations are trying new approaches to diversifying strategies, mindsets, collaborators, and ultimately funders to become more sustainable.

8:30 -10:00

Dynamic Duos: Building Successful Partnerships & Engaging Volunteers

Speaker: Annissa Jepsen   Regency BI
Partnerships are vital to delivering and producing quality programming for non-profit organizations. This workshop will reveal successful strategies for educational and engaging partnerships with individual volunteers and organizations. These partnerships invigorate learning and expand capacity to assist non-profits in reaching new audiences. Utilizing principles from the Tarnside Curve of Involvement, attendees will be given tools to assess volunteer and organizational engagement as well as how to capitalize on differing engaging levels.

8:30 -10:00

Community Conversations

Speaker: Brenda Gutierrez  Conference Room III
This workshop will offer background and teachings from The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation. Learn more about gathering community members for solving pressing problems and how to change how communities work together. Based on more than 25 years of innovating with communities, The Harwood Institute has developed a proven practice used in thousands of communities nationally  and worldwide. Over four years of hosting Community  Conversations in the Salina Area, the number of participants  exceeds 1,000. Participate while learning how to turn outward to authentically  engage members of the community.  Learn how you too may generate Public Knowledge that can be used to inform decision-making of all kinds. Engage the community to understand:
People's aspirations for the community, people's concerns, how people think and talk about a given issue in relation to the community, the changes needed to reach our aspirations for the community, what people believe we can do, and who they'd trust to take action.

10:15 - 11:45

Transformation Through Mentoring

Speaker: Steve Riach     Conference Room I
How do you define successful mentoring? We have seen that mentoring is a critical aspect of life transformation for youthful offenders? The Transformation through Mentoring workshop presents real-life situations and testimonials from actual One Heart Project mentors and mentees. One Heart has brought together a number of partners in a collaborative effort to provide a comprehensive solution for juvenile offenders, based on group and individual mentoring. Navigating the world of mentoring is not easy, and presents myriad challenges. This workshop presents practical ways of building lasting mentoring relationships within the ever-changing contexts found in the lives of youthful offenders, by mobilizing multiple partner organizations to equip youth with the full array of tools, skills and relationships needed for them to realize a true second chance.

10:15 - 11:45

Volunteer Generation Fund STEM Mentoring Panel

Panelists: Meg Pearson, Hannah Odette & Megan McClelland    Conference Room II
Recipients of the Volunteer Generation Fund STEM Mentoring Grants will discuss best practices on STEM Mentoring. During this panel discussion you will learn how to incorporate STEM into your mentoring program.

10:15 - 11:45

Evaluating Impact: Tools for Small Nonprofits

Speakers: Michael & Kathleen Webb    Conference Room V
Is your nonprofit making a difference in your community?   If you’re not measuring your impact, how do you know?  This workshop will look at impact and evaluation from the perspective of a small nonprofit.  We will discuss: 1) Why is evaluation increasingly important for nonprofits? 2) What is Theory of Change? 3) What are some methodologies and tools that other small nonprofits have used successfully to evaluate their programs? 4) How can your organization build evaluation into your strategic plan to achieve "a culture of impact"?  Attendees will be provided with a reading list of resources on impact and evaluation.   Attendees  do not need a background in statistical analysis to use the concepts presented in this workshop.

10:15 - 11:45

Tools at Your Fingertips to Increase Social Media Impact

Speakers: Beth Hinshaw & Sarah Maass    Conference Room III
Do you struggle with posting to social media on a regular basis? Wonder how others have created infographics, memes, and attention getting designs to enhance their posts? In this session, participants will learn about various apps to make more impactful posts that people will read, share, and comment on. Participants are encouraged to bring a tablet and/or smart phone to the session as this session will provide the opportunity for them to create a future social media post for their organization. Apps we will be exploring include Facebook (post scheduling), Twitter (post scheduling), Tweetdeck, Canva, and Aviary. Participants that want to have the "hands­ on" experience should download Canva and Aviary to their smartphone and/or tablet prior to the session and have access to a few digital photos.

10:15 - 11:45

What is MARC? "Multi Agency Resource Center"

Speaker: Debra Tucker     Regency BI
"MARC's aren't really something you can explain - they're something you have to feel." They have been used in disaster response and recovery for a long time. They might have been called something else, but the principle of providing a "one-stop-shop" for clients is the same. They expedite client recovery. Minimize the time and travel a client needs to undertake in order to put their life back together.  Aid in family reunification. Maximize the collective resources of participating agencies and help these agencies expedite their service delivery. And they facilitate the transition to long-term recovery. Just to name a few. Hear from this Kansas Disaster Program Manager, how the volunteers in your agency can be involved in this very effective Center.

12:00 - 2:30

Lunch/Knowledge Cafe/ Prize Giveaway/Closing

Knowledge Cafe    Regency A
The Knowledge Cafe is a fast & fun networking session that allows the Kansas Conference on Volunteerism attendees to make meaningful personal connections with new peers during the conference. Participants will have the opportunity to share best practices among peers via a small-group, interactive discussion format.