San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Theme: We Are All In This Together! (Focus on youth family and community engagement.)
7:30 - 8:30 Registration/Breakfast/Networking
8:30 - 9:45 Plenary Session - Keynote Speaker, Stephen Black
10:00 - 11:00 Workshops (4)
11:15 - 12:15 Workshops (4)
12:15 - 1:30 Lunch and Bold Steps for Children Award
List of Workshops:
- Common Core Educational Standards: A Brave New World for Us All
- The Political Landscape for Children in California
- Creating Communities for All Ages: Common Goals, Intergenerational Solutions
- Youth Development: Understand it, Measure it, Impact it!
- Santa Clara County School Linked Services: Highlights of Coordination and Implementation
- Social Emotional Learning and the Common Core - A Perfect Fit!
- Improved Outcomes for Dually Engaged Youth in the Dependency and Juvenile Justice Systems
- Decreasing Suspensions by Increasing School Engagement - Strategies for Change
Keynote Speaker: Stephen Black, Founder & President Impact Alabama
Stephen Black, grandson of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo L. Black, grew up in New Mexico after most of his family left the state in the 1950’s and 60’s following his grandfather’s role in controversial Civil Rights decisions, including Brown v. Board of Education. Despite growing up over 1,000 miles away, from a very young age, he was fascinated by Alabama and the legacy of his family’s commitment to public service in their home state.
He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated magna cum laude and his Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School in 1997. Following his graduation from law school, he returned to Alabama to join the Birmingham law firm, Maynard, Cooper and Gale.
After three years with the firm, he was called to public service -- serving for a brief time as an assistant to the Governor focusing on policy and economic development projects. Encouraged by the enthusiasm of thousands of students he encountered when speaking across the state, he turned his focus to founding and leading the Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility at The University of Alabama, as well as a statewide organization housed at the Center called Impact Alabama. Impact is a nationally unique nonprofit with a staff of 30 full-time college graduates who have provided more than 3,000 college students the opportunity to participate in structured service projects designed to promote learning and leadership development. Since Impact Alabama’s inception in 2004, these students and staff have:
- provided comprehensive vision care to more than 189,000 small children,
- prepared tax returns for more than 23,000 working families, helping them to claim $42 million in refunds and saving them approximately $6.6 million in commercial preparation fees,
- provided a debate team program for thirty-eight gifted students from Birmingham’s public high schools, resulting in over $3 million in college scholarships,
- provided an Advanced Placement Academic Institute for more than 200 high school students in Birmingham, Huntsville, and Tuscaloosa (2012)
In 2008, Black received the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leaders Award for his work with FocusFirst. This national award is given annually to individuals who demonstrate creativity and commitment in addressing society’s most pressing health issues. Ten recipients were chosen from over 800 nominations.
In 2013, Black was asked by Chancellor Robert E. Witt to serve as Special Advisor to The University of Alabama Chancellor for Outreach and Community Engagement.
The Birmingham News says of Stephen Black, “Black is bright and energetic and he speaks persuasively on such broad issues as tax reform, constitution reform and education reform. Black exhibits a new spirit of leadership that Alabama desperately needs.”
The Tuscaloosa News proclaims, “Stephen Black could be the template for what people envision when they talk about the best and brightest. Energetic, brilliant, articulate, Black is the brightest hope for the future in Alabama.”
And the Florence Times-Daily writes, “Stephen Black has much to offer: intelligence, wit, enthusiasm, and, best of all, fresh insights and the energy to follow up on them.”