• Bright Futures Community Engagement Conference
    The Bright Futures Community Engagement Conference is made up of seven different tracks. These tracks are designed to help you identify the conference workshops that will most benefit you and your organization.

    Click on the track name to see the workshops available for that track. All workshop times are subject to change.

    Basic Training: Community Engagement 101

    Before we become experts, we have to get back to the basics. Uncover the general steps of community engagement and discover what they mean for your community.

    Track Workshops

    The Bright Futures Framework

    You’ve heard about Bright Futures, but you still aren’t exactly sure what it’s all about. Join us to learn about Bright Futures and what we do in communities.
    Monday 10:45 - 12:15 or Tuesday 10:30 - 12:00

    Every Community Needs a Champion

    You’ve heard our rally cry “Every child needs a champion,” but what about our communities? Learn about the champions of some of our Bright Futures communities and how they united their community with a common focus of supporting their children.
    Monday 1:45 - 3:15

    Be Better Together - Using an Umbrella to Bring Everything Together

    A community divided is no community at all. Learn how much more your community can accomplish when everyone is working together.
    Monday 1:45 - 3:15

    Community Leadership: The Washington - Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce

    Management is about doing; leadership is about being. Hear how the Washington-Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce demonstrated leadership in their community. These leaders will tell the story of how they were able to bring businesses, faith-based organizations, and human service agencies together around the same table to discuss supporting children and the school system in their community.
    Tuesday 8:00 - 9:00

    Lead the Movement

    Strong leaders are vital to a grassroots movement. Discover how to adapt your leadership style to inspire collaboration within your community.

    Track Workshops

    Operation College Bound

    “We are college bound!” Who doesn’t want to hear that phrase coming out of the mouths of hundreds of elementary aged children? Learn how one program is helping children get to college long before they enter the doors of a high school.
    Monday 3:30 - 5:00

    Bright Futures from the Perspective of an Advisory Board

    Sometimes, your hardest sell is your executive board. Join this session to hear current Bright Futures advisory board members discuss what they do and why they do what they do.
    Monday 1:45 - 3:15 or Tuesday 8:00 - 9:00

    Organizing the Future: Bright Futures Council

    Bright Futures Councils are at the heart of an engaged Bright Futures initiative. Learn about the structure of these councils, how to get one started, and the role councils play in schools.
    Tuesday 10:30 - 12:00

    Mentorship Programs

    From door greeting dads to lunch buddies to after-school math tutors, learn about the power of mentorship and how these adults are helping to shape the leaders of tomorrow.
    Monday 3:30 - 5:00

    Bright Futures from a Coordinator Perspective: Manage Your Time. Manage Your Life.

    Learn about Bright Futures from the perspective of a Bright Futures Coordinator
    Tuesday 8:00 - 9:00

    Bright Futures Leadership Academy

    You’re doing a great job leading your organization, but who will take your place when you step down? Learn about the importance of building a leadership cadre for your Bright Futures advisory board as well as your entire community.
    Tuesday 10:30 - 12:00

    Serving to Learn, Learning to Serve

    “Service before self” is a principle that most people agree is important to pass on to future generations. Service learning is a teaching method that allows us to do just that. It is designed to involve students in authentic and meaningful service to their communities that makes connections between the classroom and the community.

    Track Workshops

    Changing the Perception: What is Service Learning, Really? Service Learning in the 21st Century

    Social media has been an increasingly important aspect of organization promotion. Learn about how you can improve your organization's social media approach to truly tell your organizational story.
    Monday 10:45 - 12:15 or Tuesday 1:30 - 2:45

    Getting Your Staff Excited, Understanding the Role Service Learning can Play in Community Engagement

    Join this session to learn about the relevancy of service learning and how it truly teaches children to give back to their communities.
    Monday 1:45 - 3:15

    Implementing Service Learning in Your Schools and Communities

    Join this session to learn about the relevancy of service learning and how it truly teaches children to give back to their communities.
    Monday 3:30 - 5:00

    Youth Perspectives on Service Learning

    So, what are the kids up to these days? Join this panel of innovative youth who are using service learning to make a difference in their communities.
    Tuesday 10:30 - 12:00

    The Bright Futures Framework

    An introduction to all things Bright Futures. Learn more about our proven approach to community engagement and how you can become a part of the grassroots movement.

    Track Workshops

    The Bright Futures Framework

    You’ve heard about Bright Futures, but you still aren’t exactly sure what it’s all about. Join us to learn about Bright Futures and what we do in communities.
    Monday 10:45 - 12:15 or Tuesday 10:30 - 12:00

    FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions About Bright Futures

    So many questions, so little time! Join this 90-minute session of Bright Futures experts to ask anything and everything you ever wanted to know about Bright Futures.
    Monday 3:30 - 5:00

    Lessons Learned from Current Bright Futures Affiliates

    You’ve heard the basics of how to keep Bright Futures running smoothly in your community, but don’t forget why we’re really here! Join this session to hear some of the most inspiring Bright Futures stories first-hand from members of the Bright Futures family.
    Monday 3:30 - 5:00

    Extreme Best Practices

    Are you bored with the basics? Join this session of some of our mature and most established Bright Futures experts.
    Tuesday 10:30 - 12:00

    Bright Futures Best Practices: Putting it All on the Table

    Join us in this session to hear some great community leaders share best practices and lessons learned in all things community engagement.
    Tuesday 1:30 - 2:45

    What's Our Investment? The Time it Takes to Start Bright Futures in Your Community

    You’re ready to get started, but what happens once that agreement is signed? Join us for this Bright Futures "102" session on exactly how much work your initial coordinator and advisory board members will need to put forth in order for Bright Futures to truly be successful in your community.
    Tuesday 1:30 - 2:45

    Faith-Based Community

    Faith-based groups play an unparalleled role in community engagement. Hear how the faith-based community can help you overcome boundaries to embrace relationships and resources in your community.

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    Finding the “Common Unity”

    When communities work together, they are able to solve problems quickly and efficiently. Learn how to harness the passions of people in your community to find the common unity that can bring everyone together.
    Monday 10:45 - 12:15

    Awakening a Sleeping Giant

    Your community might have great potential, but how do you bring it all together? You know there is work to be done, and now is your chance to act! Learn about the best ways to engage your faith-based community and how to awaken the sleeping giant in your church community.
    Monday 1:45 - 3:15

    Addressing Boundaries, Embracing a Friend

    Sometimes we get so busy drawing the line, we forget we don’t need it. Learn about the importance of losing the boundaries to be there for others.
    Monday 3:30 - 5:00

    Connecting Faith to Culture

    You know there is work to be done, and now is your chance to act! As a person of faith, you can affect change in your community. Join Lieutenant Falcon to hear first-hand his inspiring story.
    Tuesday 8:00 - 9:00

    Best Practices for Faith-Based Partners

    The faith-based community plays vital role in a Bright Futures community. Hear from faith-based partners from some of our Bright Futures affiliate communities regarding best practices in faith-based partnerships.
    Tuesday 10:30 - 12:00

    Aligning the Vision Among Churches, Schools, and Businesses

    When everyone has a different vision, it can be hard to find true direction. Join this session to recognize the time is right for all the partners to bring their contributions to the conversation.
    Tuesday 1:30 - 2:45

    Resources at Your Fingertips

    Needs are easy to identify, but resources can be a different story. Find out how you can identify existing community resources that will make a difference in your organization.

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    What Do We Really Need? Identifying What to Pursue

    When you don’t have a lot, it’s can be hard to determine what you need and determine priorities. Learn which resources are best for your community to pursue.
    Monday 10:45 - 12:15

    Fundraising vs. Friendraising

    When your organization needs funds, it can be hard to find "friends." Distinguish between fundraising and friendraising and ensure your organization is approaching both the right way.
    Tuesday 8:00 - 9:00

    Best Practices in Grassroots Partner Recruitment

    We all have something to offer. Join a panel of current Bright Futures partners to learn how you can effectively recruit partners and be a part of the grassroots movement.
    Tuesday 1:30 - 2:45

    Communication: Bridging the Gap

    Different communication styles used by businesses and schools often lead to the misconception that these groups will never see eye-to-eye. Realize how your community can get past this communication gap.
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    Track Workshops

    Social Media: It's the New Everything

    Social media has been an increasingly important aspect of organization promotion. Learn about how you can improve your organization's social media approach to truly tell your organizational story.
    Monday 10:45 - 12:15

    Using Social Media for Social Good

    Facebook was started as a social networking site, but it has become much more than that. Learn how organizations are using Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to promote their cause for social good.
    Monday 1:45 - 3:15

    The Importance of Maintaining Brand Standards

    What is all the hype about brand standards? Learn about the importance of keeping brand standards and how it can help your organization.
    Monday 3:30 - 5:00

    The Power of Storytelling

    Every organization has a story, but these stories often go untold. Learn about the importance of storytelling in your organization and how you can begin to tell your story.
    Tuesday 8:00 - 9:00

    The Key(words) to Search Engine Optimization

    With so many websites, social media and otherwise, getting the word out about your organization is not as easy as it used to be.
    Tuesday 10:30 - 12:00

    The Key (words) to Community Engagement

    Having trouble getting your message out now that Facebook has made some changes? Learn what to say (and how to say it) in order to increase the engagement on your Facebook page.
    Tuesday 1:30 - 2:45