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2021 WV AmeriCorps Conference

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About The AmeriCorps Conference 
This is your landing page for all of the information and links that you will need to fully participate in the 2021 WV AmeriCorps Conference which is being held virtually October 26-29, 2021. 

This conference is organized by Volunteer West Virginia, with ​help from the West Virginia AmeriCorps Advisory Team.  AmeriCorps members will be participating from across West Virginia, to learn more about these AmeriCorps programs click here. We look forward to seeing you virtually in October! 

Conference Registration 
To register for the conference, click here​

Virtual Photo Booth 
Don't forget to have your photo taken at the virtual photo booth! These photos are perfect for Zoom profile pictures and to use throughout your service. Click here to take your photo and click here for the gallery. 

Conference​ Schedule 
Click here for a list of workshop​ descriptions. For a printable version of the Conference Schedule, click here​.

See below for a detailed conference schedule so you can begin planning which sessions you'd like to attend! All AmeriCorps Members should plan to attend the Opening and Closing Keynote Sessions; you are welcome to attend as many additional workshop sessions as you would like, but we hope you attend at least two! To help you plan:

Education Workshops are highlighted in YELLOW
Health + Local Foods Workshops are highlighted in GREEN​
Conservation + Heritage Workshops are highlighted in BLUE
Community Development Workshops are highlighted in ORANGE​

Tuesday, October 26th
​​​Conference Welcome and Opening Keynote  
​Zoom Room A: https://us02​web.zoom.us/j/9483755767
-Welcome from Volunteer WV and Introduce Keynote Speaker, Bil Lepp
-Opening Keynote Address from Bil Lepp - Using Storytelling to Connect 
-Housekeeping Reminders about the Conference​
15 Minute Break 

​Zoom Room A:
​Zoom Room B
10:00​-11:30 AM
​​Engaging Adult Learner​s in Education
AmeriCorps in Disasters and Preparedness​
​15 Minute Break 
The Basics of Interpretation:
How to Interpret Your Site to Your Audience
​Situational Safety: 
De-escalation Techniques​
This workshop is being held in a DIFFERENT ZOOM ROOM. CLICK HERE TO JOIN THIS SESSION! Passcode: 001366. 
To Join By Phone, Dial +1 312 626 6799, enter Webinar ID: 889 5101 4650, Passcode: 001366
​15 Minute Break​​​
Understanding Childhood Trauma and Implications for Serving in AmeriCorps
Fostering Nourishing Networks for Community Food Security in West Virginia​
​15 Minute Break​​​
Historic Preservation 101​​​​
​Rural Volunteer Management: Build a Strong Foundation for Volunteer Involvement ​​​​​​

Wednesday, October 27th

​Zoom Room A:
​Zoom Room B:
​10:00-11:30 AM
​​​​Youth Mental Health First Aid
Eight Dimensions of Wellness
​15 Minute Break ​
​Environmental Education using Project Learning Tree
​Finding Funds and Building Relationships with Funders
​15 Minute Break​​​
Who Am I?: AmeriCorps Service Members Exploring the Role of Identity Across Service Experiences
​Healthy Eating on a Budget: Nutrition and Intuitive Eating
​​15 Minute Break​​​
Appalachian Food and Foraging​​
​Facilitating Effective Meetings
​and Events

Thursday, October 28th​​
​Zoom Room A: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9483755767
​​Coffee + Networking 
W​ith the AmeriCorps Member Advisory Team
What to Expect:
Join this fun, social session (with your favorite coffee mug in hand!) to meet more of your fellow AmeriCorps Members serving across WV. We will have fun prompts to make it easy to connect! We guarantee you will walk away with a new friend or two!
15 Minute Break 
Part 1: Creative Mentoring Strategies: Supporting Students' Mental Health 
Presented by Dr. Christine Schimmel 
What to Expect:
There have been substantial increases in stress and anxiety for students due to the recent pandemic. Research demonstrates that teaching students a meaning making system such as a growth mindset can assist in compensating for the negative effects of traumatic events. This session will help participants at all skill levels understand the connections between growth mindset and the protective factors that help children develop resilience. The session will provide participants with a number of creative ideas that can be used as universal and targeted interventions to assist both individual students and groups of students. Participants will leave the session with an easy-to-use Social Emotional Learning toolkit that has age-appropriate mentoring strategies to support student mental health.​
​15 Minute Break
​​11:45- 1:15PM
​​Part 2: Creative Mentoring Strategies: Supporting Students' Mental Health 
presented by Dr. Christine Schimmel 
​15 Minute Break 
AmeriCorps 101 and Resources for AmeriCorps Members - with Volunteer West Virginia and Sharrell Harmon, AmeriCorps Alum 
Recommended for all 1st year AmeriCorps Members! 
What to Expect:
Let us demystify how you fit into the bigger picture of AmeriCorps! In this session, we will break down the history of AmeriCorps in WV, the different types of AmeriCorps Programs, and the resources that you should be aware of to help you through your service term. 

Friday, October 29th 
​​Zoom Room A: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9483755767
AmeriCorps Conference Closing Keynote and 
Swearing-In Celebration

- Remarks from Volunteer WV 
- Closing Keynote Address from Carey Jo Grace - The Role of Community in Creating Lasting Change​
- Swearing-In Ceremony: New, Returning, and​ Continuing Members will commit to their service through the ​AmeriCorps Pledge 
- Remote Service ​Project Discu​ss​ion and Acknowledgements