2014 Youth Gathering
Telling It How It Is
May 29, 2014
Austin Community College, Highland Business Center
5930 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin, Texas 78752
To ensure maximum participation by current and former foster youth, Education Reach for Texans has decided to waive the registration fee for the Youth Gathering. Youth may now register and attend the event for free. Many thanks to our host, Austin Community College, for providing facilities and lunch for the attendees. All registrations through April will be refunded.
Education Reach for Texans (formerly Texas Reach) and Austin Community College (ACC) present the Education Reach for Texans 2014 Youth Gathering at ACC's Highland Business Center in Austin, Texas.
The Youth Gathering is open only to current and former foster youth interested in or attending a college or university. This one-day event provides a forum for current and future college students to discuss their needs, challenges, and recommendations related to college access and success. Lunch will be provided during the sessions. In addition, current college students will have the opportunity to learn more about employment opportunities, academic preparation, and financial aid.
This is the first Youth Gathering conducted by Education Reach for Texans. Results and recommendations developed during this gathering will be presented at the 5th Annual Education Reach for Texans Convening the following day (May 30, 2014). This will provide direct, youth-defined information to postsecondary and child welfare professionals from across the state.
We have blocked rooms at several nearby hotels so you may select the lodgings that work best for you. There are limited rooms blocked and the rates are only available for reservations made before April 15, 2014. Please review the details for each hotel below carefully as availability, booking, and price differ. Be sure to confirm rates with the hotels as they are agreed upon prices for May 29 only. If you plan to stay for an extended time, the hotel may honor the price, but that will be up to you to negotiate.
Embassy Suites Austin - Central
Request group reservation code "ERT." Rate: $120-per-night.
5901 IH-35 North
Austin, TX 78723
(800) 729-5711 or (512) 519-0464
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Austin
Request group reservation code "Education Reach for Texans." Rate: $120-per-night.
6505 IH-35 North
Austin, TX 78752
Courtyard Marriott Austin University Area
Request group reservation code "ERTR." Rate: $109-per-night.
5660 IH-35 North
Austin, TX 78751
Holiday Inn Austin Midtown
Request group reservation code "Education Reach for Texans." Rate: $108-per-night single with breakfast; $120-per-night double with breakfast.
6000 Middle Fiskville Road
Austin, TX 78752
The closest airport is Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
Visit the Texas Reach website for additional information about airport transportation and parking at the convening venue.
Convening Program Outline
A draft of our complete agenda is available for review. The presenters have been confirmed, though there may still be a few changes. The following outline hightlights the days' events.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Registration: (10:00 - 10:15am)
Opening & Welcome: (10:15 - 10:30am)
Group Discussions and Lunch (provided): (10:30 - 12:00pm)
Report on Discussions: (12:00 - 1:00pm)
Break (non-College Student program ends): (1:00 - 1:15pm)
College Student Breakout Sessions: (1:15 - 2:30pm)
Breakout Session Reports & Wrap-up: (2:30 - 3:00pm)
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
You can send an email to us using the link in the "Organizer" box to the right next to these Event Details. If you prefer, you can also call us at 214-99-REACH (214-997-3224). Address mail to: Education Reach for Texans, PO Box 601284, Dallas, TX 75360-1284.
Can I pay for my registration with a check?
While we prefer credit cards for both ease and security, we understand that some registrants or their organizations may not be able use credit cards for payment. See our How to Pay By Check page for complete instructions on how to pay offline before proceeding with your registration.
Do you accept purchase orders for payment?
Sorry, but no we cannot accept purchase orders for registration payment.
Will you offer CEU or contact hour certificates?
No, not for this Youth Gathering.
When does registration end?
Online registration ends on May 23, 2014.
Is my registration/ticket refundable?
No. In order to keep the cost of attendance to a minimum, we cannot offer refunds on registrations already purchased. However, you can transfer your registration to another individual. See next item.
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Yes, but please contact us so that we can update the registration information to ensure we know who is coming and have a convening badge printed with the correct name.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Please do. While not a requirement, this will make the check-in process easier.
When & Where
Education Reach for Texans
Education Reach for Texans (formerly Texas Reach) is the nonprofit corporation responsible for producing this event. We began in 2009 as a coalition of loosely organized preparation for adult living, aftercare, and postsecondary professionals. We work to improve higher education access and attainment for former foster youth in Texas. We are your colleagues and your peers from agencies and postsecondary institutions across the state.