Title 1 Annual Family Engagement Conference


Family Engagement

   ENGAGE   l   SUPPORT   l    EMPOWER   l   INSPIRE   


DATE: Friday, September 29, 2017

TIME: 8:45am - 2:15pm

LOCATION:  Northside Acitivity Center, 7001 Culebra Rd,  San Antonio TX,  78238

Northside will be partnering with families for success as we come together to share and learn from each other. Together we will explore issues that are relevant to families and impacting our children. The information in this years conference promises to be passionate, empowering, supportive, and brave. Come for fun and leave inspired! Childcare will be provided and registration is free. Every participant will recieve a lunch, take home materials, resources, and door prize opportunities. 





Keynote Speaker: 

Ernesto Mejia Ernesto Mejia, Vice President and CFO of CoolSpeak:  Ernesto will share his experience as the proud son of Mexican immigrants and what his parents did to help him be successful in accomplishing the American Dream. Diagnosed with the rare disease of Guillain-Barre’ Syndrome at the age of 16; he was left temporarily paralyzed.  Under the circumstances he would not have been expected to be a successful student, or years later a College Dean of Students. Through his hardships, Ernesto learned to never give up on life. He now educates students, parents, and teachers about overcoming obstacles and never giving up on the American Dream: Education.

The Road Map to College

 Roel PisenoRoel Piseno, Sr. Executive Director of Educational Partnerships for Princeton Review: Did you know that the road to college starts are early as 4th grade? Come learn how you can help your child to be college bound and what kind of supports families need to provide to help their child go on to higher education. Roel will break down the college process and give parents the tools to start building college success into their children now. 

Keeping Children Safe from Exploitation

Mallory MyersMallory Myers, Assistant Attorney General with the Office of the Attorney General of Texas:  Mallory is passionate about raising awareness and increasing prevention efforts to combat the sex and labor trafficking industry in Texas. Together we will learn about the crime of human trafficking and it’s presence in Bexar County. We will learn how predators use social media and other methods to get to children along with warning signs families need to be aware of to keep their children safe.

Building Relationships with Teachers and Schools

Scholastic FACEDr. Karen Mapp's Family and Community Engagement Workshop Presenters: For parents/guardians it is most important that you are an active partner with your school(s) but what is the best approach? “What can I do to build better relationships with my teacher(s)?” This session will help caregivers understand the day to day from a schools perspective as well as what we can do to build relationships. Come learn some strategies that will help build partnerships that are supportive.

Empowering Parents and Caregivers to talk with their Children about Intimacy

Cay CrowCay Crow, LPC, AASECT-Certified Sex Therapist: Parents are the primary educators for their children about intimacy and sex yet according to research more than half of parents feel uncomfortable with the topic. Learn strategies for providing age-appropriate information to kids while also communicating your family values around intimacy. Attendees will recieve a time-line of what kids need to know when, tips for effective communication, and a resource list of books and websites. 

The Importance of Communication in the Family

Ernesto Mejia closing sessionErnesto Mejia, Vice President and CFO of Cool Speak: Communication in families can be hard especially when you are trying to relate to each other and children. Ernesto will explore the importance of open communication as well as provide stratgies to deepen family relationships. Each participant will walk away with a communication workbook that will help refresh the family relationships. 

Empowering LGBTQ Youth from a Family Perspective

Parents and Friends of Lebians and Gays Parents Panel: What does it mean when a young person says they have friends who are coming out? Families will share their experience from their perspective and provide insight on how they worked together as a family. The panel will also answer any questions from participants. 

YikYak, SnapChat, the Kids Are Using What App?

Dr. Ryan Smith LMFT, LPCRyan Smith, LMFT, LPC. Technology, specifically social media, is a part of how our kids see and interpret the world. It is essential that parents have an understanding of what it is and what it's doing to our kids and families. This session will provide an overview of current trends in technology and social media in children and adolescents and its impact on personal lives, social functioning, and relationships. Useful and practical interventions will be introduced and discussed.