Focus 2016 was a Great Success!

Focus 2016 "What's the Big Idea?" was a wonderful success. Conference participants engaged in networking events, and attended thought-provoking workshop and keynote sessions. Featured topics during Focus included the new Department of Labor Exempt Rule, human trafficking, suicide assessment and post-vention, and fundraising. The 2016 Runaway Games winners, "Dazed and Confused," represented a cross section of participants who completely demonstrated the "Together we can" attitude. Whether it was attending an informative session, joining a reverse site visit, or being reminded of the critical nature of human relationships, there was something for everyone. NSPN extends a special thanks to the presenters, moderators, volunteers, and attendees who contributed to the event's Big Success.

Focus 2016 Sample Workshops
Executive Leadership
- Advanced Advocacy Strategies and Legislative Update

- The Secrets Behind Annual Fundraising Plans

Safe Place Program Coordinators / Community and Street Outreach
- Crisis, Community and Connection
- Street Outreach Best Practices
- Safe Place Community Partnerships
- Maximizing the Benefits of your Safe Place Program

Suicide Prevention and Awareness
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center is partnering with NSPN to bring you this special track including four workshops on a range of issues, including:

- Assessing for Risk
- Assisting Youth
- Debriefing Techniques for Staff

Special Topics
- The Biology of Trauma-Informed Care
- All About Relationships

- RHY Study on the Impact of Services on Homeless Youth
- Advocacy and Case Management for LGBTQ Youth
- Providing Services to LGBTQ Homeless Youth

Focus 2016 Partner

NSPN extends a special thank you to our Major Conference Partner:



"Southwest Airlines continues to differentiate itself from other air carriers with exemplary customer service delivered by more than 49,000 employees to more than 100 million customers annually. Southwest proudly operates a network of 97 destinations across the United States and seven additional countries with more than 3,900 departures a day."

 Focus 2016 Advertisers


"The Academy is leading-edge professional development and program consultation for professionals and organizations who serve children, youth, and families. Our CYC: Basic Course engaged over 1800 youth workers across the United States. Our collaboration with the Center for the Study of Social Policy created the Youth Thrive: Protective and Promotive Factors for Adolescent Health and Well-being curriculum. In 2015 we launched the blended on-line and live CYC: Foundations Course. We are youth workers collaborating with youth for a better future."

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"The Night Ministry is a Chicago-based non-profit who provides housing, health care and human connection to community members struggling with poverty or homelessness. We accept people as they are and address their immediate needs while affirming their sense of humanity. The Night Ministry brings free health care to individuals via its Health Outreach Bus; provides 53 shelter beds to youth ages 14-24 across four housing programs; and connects homeless youth and adults with referrals to help them meet basic needs."

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Please check back for continued updates and information about Focus 2018. If you have any questions, please contact your NSPN team at or 502-635-3660. 

Recap of Focus 2014 - "Walk a Mile in My Shoes"


On October 1-3, 2014, more than one hundred youth service professionals gathered in Louisville for National Safe Place Network's Focus 2014 Conference - "Walk a Mile in My Shoes," at The Brown Hotel. Attendees had the opportunity to network and discuss ideas of significance related to strengthening youth and family services.

Samples of Conference Workshops

  • Benefits of Implementing Trauma Informed Care
  • Abundance Mentality vs. Scarcity Mentality: Increasing Organizational Sustainability
  • Football and Fundraising: Scoring Donations
  • Using Host Homes for your Rural Safe Place Programs
  • Developing Services for Sexually Exploited Youth
  • Come Together: A Non-Traditional Community Model for Safe Place
  • Accessing Resources in your Community: Ensuring Survival in a Competitive Environment
  • Living in the System: First-Hand Experiences from Youth
  • The Runaway and Homeless Youth Act: Where it's Been. Were it is. Where it's Going.
  • Bridging the Gap: Building a Community of Support
  • And more!

In addition to conference workshops and seminars, major events included:

Opening Session and Keynote: The opening conference keynote was delivered by Justin Reed Early, author of STREET CHILD: A Memoir and public speaker who was homeless for much of his adolescent and teenage years. Justin also appeared in the 1984 Academy Award-nominated documentary, Streetwise. 

Awards Ceremony and Luncheon: Year in and year out, youth service professionals, volunteers and community organizations work diligently to strengthen youth and families. NSPN recognized individuals, organizations, and companies who have and continue to make a difference in the lives of youth. Click HERE to view the list of award winners.

General Session and Keynote: Dr. Christian Conte, licensed professional counselor, nationally-certified psychologist, and Level V anger management specialist, delivered the general session keynote speech. Dr. Conte has over 16,000 hours of clinical counseling experience and is the founder of Yield Theory. He travels throughout the country to bring a message of compassion, peace, and acceptance.

Focus 2014 was made possible with the support of NSPN's Board of Directors, Advisory Board, and member agencies. 

Please enjoy these photos from Focus 2014!