Virtual Statewide & Regional Youth Events

The New York State Office of Children and Family Services and the Professional Development Program are pleased to announce the 2020 Virtual Statewide and Regional Youth Events.

This year’s theme is New York Youth Forward: Youth Voices for Change-It’s Up to Us. This event will offer youth and adult partners opportunities to increase skills, knowledge, and abilities to engage in creating positive change in their communities.

We are seeking submissions from youth of a drawing, sketch, painting, or poem addressing foster care and/or youth issues and challenges. Selected works will be featured during the event. Please send your submission by October 4 to

Statewide Event

Wednesday, Nov. 18
Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Registration is open until Nov. 17


Guest Speaker:

Sixto Cancel is the CEO of "Think of Us" and a former foster youth who is using innovation to form more connections for youth so that they can succeed in their transition out of foster care. 



Selena Bermejo Romero is a sociotherapist at JCAA, a former youth advisory board member and a former foster youth. She is a foster care advocate and ally in Westchester County and continues to ensure that youth voice is being incorporated when making decisions that impact youth in care. 

Cody Rivera is an innovation fellow and cohort guide at Alia, a FosterClub Inc. board member, an entrepreneur and a former foster youth. He believes that people need innovations and policies that create intergenerational success and financial independence.

Kristen Conklin is an Executive Director at the NYS Permanent Judicial Commission on Justice for Children, and is ready to hear about your experiences and concerns.


Regionally Focused Events

Region 1 - Thursday, Dec. 3, 4:00pm - 6:30 pm
Region 2 - Wednesday, Dec. 2, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Region 3 - Friday, Dec. 11, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Region 4 - Wednesday, Dec. 9, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Region 5 - Tuesday, Dec. 8, 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Region 6 - Thursday, Dec. 10, 6:00pm - 7:30pm


Download the agenda, registration form, and art submission information.

Do you have questions about registration? Contact your youth engagement specialist.


  • This event will be offered via Webex. Please be sure that you register with a current email address to receive up-to-date event information and the link to join the event. 

  • Participants will be able to send questions and comments to the event host. You can also send questions and comments before each event to .

  • All sessions will be recorded.