CEC 2016 is full of amazing, educational workshops. Below is a list of current workshops, with more being added regularly. We have created group recommendations to make it easier for you to find the workshops that will fit you best. Use the filters below to narrow down our workshops or check out all of them.

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Fundraising Events – Dreaming, Developing, and Delivering Life Changing Experiences
Tom Rogers, President, TwelveOne Race Management
Have you ever noticed top tier events always appear effortless? Have you considered building a profitable event that raises funds, cause awareness, and community involvement? If the answer is yes, this workshop is for you. Learn how to stop using lazy fundraising language, how to keep donors and participants coming back, what we thought was important really isn’t, and all the strategies needed to place your next event on everyone’s must do list.
Wednesday 1:00pm-3:00pm
Grant Writing 101
Bonnie Houk,GPC, Director of Grants Management, Southeast Kansas Education Service Center
Interested in finding funding for your Bright Futures efforts? This workshop is for individuals interested in learning more about where to find grants and other funding sources to support your project. In addition, you will learn about the basic grant writing process, data collection and reporting requirements, as well as general tips on how to write a successful grant.
Wednesday 1:00pm-3:00pm
Community Action Agencies - A Perfect Partnership
John Joines, Chief Executive Officer, Economic Security Corporation
Did you know that every county in the country has a community action agency? In this session learn how Joplin's community action agency partnered with Joplin Schools to bring the first Bright Futures in the nation to life. Find out what resources may be available through your local community action agency to support Bright Futures in your community. 
Wednesday 1:00pm-3:00pm
Beyond Grant Writing 101
Bonnie Houk,GPC, Director of Grants Management, Southeast Kansas Education Service Center
This is a hands-on session for the experienced grant writer. In this session, grant writers will increase their skills in developing project proposals, clearly define a strong statement of need, incorporate the budget into the grant narrative, as well as tips and tricks of the trade. If you have a project ready to go and are looking for funding, this session is for you!
Wednesday 3:30pm-5:00pm
What's New in 2016 for Bright Futures Communities?
Kim Vann, Executive Director, Bright Futures USA; Jonathan Hollingshead, Director of Creative Service, Bright Futures USA
Every Bright Futures community will want to send at least one person to this session. Attendees will learn about future supports and initiatives available in the upcoming year to Bright Futures Communities.
Wednesday 3:30pm-5:00pm
The Power of Storytelling
Carrie Caruthers
Every organization has a story, but these stories often go untold. Join Carrie Caruthers for a workshop where she shares the importance of storytelling and shows how you can begin to tell your story.
Wednesday 3:30pm-5:00pm
What is Bright Futures?
Dr. CJ Huff
Join Dr. CJ Huff as he explains what Bright Futures is, reviews the Bright Futures model, and shares what Bright Futures looks like at a local community level.
Wednesday 3:30pm-5:00pm
Don't Forget About Grandparents - How to Effectively Engage Your Senior Citizen Population
Dr. Brad Welle, Assistant Superintendent for Academic and Student Services, Grain Valley School District; Mrs. Jan Reding, School Board Member Grain Valley School District
A community's senior citizens are often an untapped or underutilized resource. Learn how one Bright Futures community is getting seniors engaged in helping meet the needs of students, including collecting pocket change to ensure no child goes without good athletic shoes.
Thursday 10:45am-11:45am
Responding effectively to "WHY?"
Elaine Weiss, National Coordinator, Broader, Bolder Approach to Education
Have you ever been asked "How does poverty affect how students fare in schools, and why do we need Bright Futures anyway?" In this hands-on session, you will get a big-picture view of how poverty affects students, teachers, and schools, and why the work of Bright Futures is critical to efforts to improve the quality of education in your districts and across our country. When you leave this session you will be armed with the knowledge and talking points you need to have those critical conversations in your own community and understand how your work is aligned with and connected to that of other people across the country who are taking a broader, bolder approach to educating our nation's youth.
Thursday 10:45am-11:45am
The Power of Responsible Partnerships and How to Collaborate
Tracie Hulbert. Bright Futures Lincoln County
Hear how one Bright Futures community effectively engages community partners and avoids duplication of services. Participants in this workshop will also learn how they effectively communicate needs of children to their community at large on Facebook as well as a "confidential" page for partners only which allow for more detailed discussions leading to better collaboration.
Thursday 10:45am-11:45am
How to Get Bright Futures Started in Your Community
Dr. CJ Huff
If you are interested in learning how to get Bright Futures started in your community this workshop is for you! Hear directly from Dr. C.J. Huff, to learn the history of how Bright Futures got started in Joplin, Missouri, and what you need to do to implement the framework in your community. This session will be very informal and provide an opportunity to have the dialogue you need to answer questions and start down the path to become a part of the Bright Futures network.
Thursday 10:45am-11:45am
The Importance of Brand Standards
Kelli Price, Director of Communications, Joplin Schools
What's all the hype about brand standards? Join us to find out about the importance of keeping brand standards and how they can help your organization.
Thursday 10:45am-11:45am
Connecting the Dots Between Chambers and Children
Rob O'Brian, President, Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce; Dana Keller, Executive Director, Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce
Sometimes it is difficult for the business community to see how they can be engaged in the schools. The chambers of commerce from Mexico, Missouri and Joplin, Missouri are shining examples of how the business community can connect in meaningful ways to support the education of our youth. Participants in this session will leave with creative ideas and strategies to strengthen school/business partnerships. 
Thursday 10:45am-11:45am
Food4Families
Tracie Skaggs, Public Relations Director; Meggan Hall, AmeriCorps Vista, Bright Futures Carl Junction
Although weekend backpack programs are important and help address childhood hunger issues in each of our communities, they are often only a bandaid and don't address the true underlying issue. Hear how a school district in Southwest Missouri has taken a unique next step in helping food insecure households become more stable in their community.
Thursday 10:45am-11:45am
Not in Our Backyard! The "Nuts and Bolts" of Implementing a Snackpack Project
Melissa Winston, Director of Community Engagement, Joplin Schools
People are driven to act when childhood hunger is identified as a problem in a community. There are many challenges to addressing this complicated issue. Many communities have taken an approach to provide weekend "Snackpacks" for children in need. However, it is a significant commitment of time, talent, and treasure to make this project work effectively. Learn from the coordinator of Bright Futures Joplin how to overcome the challenges associated with weekend Snackpacks to get kids the nutrition they need to grow up healthy.
Thursday 1:30pm-2:30pm
Kids are Hungry in the Summer Also - Creative Solutions to Make Sure They Get Food
Heather Lillard, Co-chairperson, Bright Futures Miami
Bright Futures Miami has created a number of creative initiatives to address childhood hunger during the summer months. In this session participants will learn how the Miami community created strategic partnerships to align existing programs and available resources to tackle this difficult challenge.
Thursday 1:30pm-2:30pm
Community Foundations - Local Philanthropy for a Sustainable Future
Gary Funk, Director, Rural Schools Collaborative; Julie Leeth, Executive Vice President, Community Foundation of the Ozarks
Communities often struggle with the ability to build philanthropic assets to strengthen the bond between schools and community. A strong education system supported by successful, locally grown community foundations are the key to ensuring a sustainable future.
Thursday 1:30pm-2:30pm
Bright Futures Site Councils - What Are They & How Do We Get Them Started?
Bill Kirkemo, Chair Elect, Bright Futures Harrisonville, Pastor, Harrisonville Church of the Nazarene; Megan Baxter, 5th Grade, McEowen Elementary School, Elementary Site Council Co-Chair; Jill Filer, Bright Futures Harrisonville Co-Coordinator; Jennifer Beavers, Bright Futures Harrisonville Co-Coordinator; Shannon Hiser, Bright Futures Harrisonville Advisory Board Licensed Professional Counselor, The Wellness Counseling Center
Bright Futures Councils are at the heart of an engaged Bright Futures initiative. Learn about the structure of these councils, the process of creating one, and the role councils play in schools.
Thursday 1:30pm-2:30pm
Best Practices in Innovative and Effective Communication & Marketing Strategies
Mark Penny, Superintendent, Lincoln County R-III Schools; April Bryant, Office of Community Relations, Lincoln County R-III Schools
As a finalist for the Bright Futures "Spotlight" Award, the Lincoln County R-III Schools have much to share! In this session learn about replicable marketing and inexpensive communication strategies that pay huge dividends in terms of community engagement and support. If you are looking to get your creative juices flowing, this is the session for you!
Thursday 1:30pm-2:30pm
Let's Call the Po-Po: What Role Can Law Enforcement Officials Play on Your Advisory Board?
Jeremy Albright, Chief Of Police, Jasper Police Department
What role do law enforcement personnel play in your local community initiative? Attendees will learn how one community engaged their local police department and the role the Chief of Police now plays in moving the Bright Futures initiative forward in their community.
Thursday 1:30pm-2:30pm
Motivating the Movement: How lay people reach out to their faith-based leadership to encourage involvement.
Bob Burton, National Mobilizer, Missional Engagement Team, North American Mission Board
For a few moments, we’ll walk in the shoes of our community of faith leaders. Understanding pastors and other ministry leaders is vital to having an effective Bright Futures school partnership. Come join us for this workshop as we learn together how to encourage faith-based involvement for the first time and/or move into greater levels of involvement for your community of faith. You can become a catalyst for creating a culture of mercy missions and helping ministries through healthy school partnerships. Learn how to tap into this large pool of volunteers for your school.
Thursday 2:45pm-3:45pm
Social Media to Social Action: Leveraging the Power of Social Media for Your Cause
John Scroggins, Vice President, Noble Communications
Social media has greatly changed the way we communicate, receive news, and take action in real life. It can also be a powerful tool for building a like-minded community of brand advocates to support your organization. Learn how to harness the power of social media to elevate awareness of your cause and the solutions available. This workshop explores the causes of the importance of social media today, social platform options, (how they can work—or not—to support your goals), suggestions for creating a social media network of brand advocates, and a case history demonstrating the power of social to do good.
Thursday 2:45pm-3:45pm
Back to School Bonanza - Engaging Your Faith Based Community in Helping Make Sure Kids Have What They Need to Start School
Bright Futures Lincoln Arkansas
In this session, learn how Bright Futures Lincoln worked with their faith community to create a true community partnership. Hear their story of how the churches, the chamber of commerce, the sheriff's department, a local dentist, and other community businesses made sure each of their K-8 kids were ready for school on day one! 
Thursday 2:45pm-3:45pm
What is Your Role as a Faith Based Partner in Your Local Bright Futures?
Moderator: Steve Patterson, Director, Spring River Baptist Association
In this panel discussion, the presenters will discuss the various roles of the faith community in the Bright Futures effort. Thoughts regarding the role of the faith community on Bright Futures site councils, how churches can support mentoring and tutoring efforts, and general engagement inside and outside of the schools to support our children will be the focal points of this conversation.
Thursday 2:45pm-3:45pm
Bright Futures Site Councils 2.0
Peggy Fuller
You've started your Bright Futures site councils, but you've run into obstacles. Check out this session to hear best practices of superior-functioning councils from a panel of seasoned Bright Futures community leaders. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and problem solve in this session as well.
Thursday 2:45pm-3:45pm
From School Supplies to Scholarships - Deeper Community Engagement for Lasting Change
Rob O'Brian, President, Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce; Dr. CJ Huff; Rick Neal, Superintendent, Pea Ridge Arkansas School District; Jasen Jones, Executive Director, Southwest Missouri Workforce Investment Board
In this session gain insight into how you can take your community to a new level of engagement. Connecting the work of schools to workforce and economic development is the key to ensuring our kids have a bright future. Learn how to build strategic alliances to develop meaningful win-win partnerships.
Thursday 2:45pm-3:45pm
The Community Garden
Mary Ann Spears, Superintendent, Lincoln Arkansas
Learn how one small town in Arkansas started a community garden and what an impact it made. Questions that will be covered are as follows: How did you start one? How is it sustained? What partners were involved? What happens to the food that is grown? How much did it cost to get it off the ground? Additionally, the presenters will share how this process can be replicated in your community.
Thursday 4:00pm-5:00pm
Maximizing the Power of Twitter in Your Social Media Mix
John Scroggins, Vice President, Noble Communications
Twitter's real-time nature makes it one of today's hot communication channels for making and breaking news, raising awareness and mobilizing offline support. This workshop covers an overview of Twitter, communicating a message in a micro-blogging format, building a useful and relevant Twitter community, pitching media on story ideas, engaging volunteers, promoting events, and raising funds.
Thursday 4:00pm-5:00pm
Heart Behind the Badge: How Law Enforcement Can Engage and Support Youth and Families
Sherriff John Cottle; Lieutenant Andy Binder; Captain Mike Lang, Undersheriff
Would you like to see law enforcement more engaged in your efforts to keep kids on the right path? The Lincoln County Sheriff's Department is deeply engaged in the work of Bright Futures in the communities they serve. Learn how law enforcement officials in Lincoln County are taking a proactive approach to changing lives through meaningful engagement and second chances for at-risk youth.
Thursday 4:00pm-5:00pm
Mentorship Programs - What Does it Take to Get One Started?
Dale Peterson, Coordinator of Community Engagement, Joplin Schools; Tracie Skaggs, Director of Communication, Carl Junction Schools
Bulldog Buddies and Lunch PALS - What do they have in common and how did they recruit and train community members to become mentors for students in their schools? Hear how these two school districts tackled challenging obstacles as they launched these programs. Also learn how to ensure all volunteers pass background checks before they are matched with their student mentees.
Thursday 4:00pm-5:00pm
Operation College Bound
Sarah Mwangi, Principal, Columbia Elementary School; Libbie Burd, Teaching & Learning Coach, Joplin Schools
Through the Operation College Bound program, students in kindergarten through fifth grade learn about the opportunities a college education can provide, the programs offered at various universities, and the process to apply for college. The year culminates with visits to the college campuses. Students tour the campus, classrooms, dorms and athletic facilities, and have an opportunity to meet with students and staff. Hear what role a local Bright Futures community played in getting this off the ground in their school district.
Thursday 4:00pm-5:00pm
What is Your Role as a Faith Based Partner in Your Local Bright Futures?
Moderator: Steve Patterson, Director, Spring River Baptist Association
In this panel discussion, the presenters will discuss the various roles of the faith community in the Bright Futures effort. Thoughts regarding the role of the faith community on Bright Futures site councils, how churches can support mentoring and tutoring efforts, and general engagement inside and outside of the schools to support our children will be the focal points of this conversation. 
Thursday 4:00pm-5:00pm