Your day begins with Breakfast on Campus at 7:30 to 8:25 a.m.
Three Morning Sessions from 8:30 to 11:50 a.m.
Lunch with Our Keynote Speaker at Noon
One afternoon session, ending by 2:30 p.m.
Keynote Speaker
We are extremely excited to welcome Luis Miguel Calle Mendez of
Professional Pilots of Tomorrow as our Keynote Speaker during the lunch break.
Professional Pilots of Tomorrow is a mentorship organization founded on the principle of providing free, unbiased guidance to aspiring aviation professionals, as well as providing the resources needed to succeed in the industry. Our organization is a support system for up-and-coming pilots to network with established, experienced professionals across a broad and diverse network.  
You'll be asked to pick ONE class for each of the FOUR sessions when you register. There are 5 Tracks: Career, College, Goals, Healthy Habits and Youth Mentoring. Each track has one class in the 4 sessions. Follow your preferred track or mix and match! Your day is designed by you!
7:30 to 8:25 am
Enjoy breakfast at the cafe, on us!
8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Career Track: Youth Services 16-24 years
Focused on youth services for 16-24-year-olds, WIOA is designed to strengthen and improve our nation's public workforce system and help get Americans, including youth and those with significant barriers to employment, into high-quality jobs and careers and help employers hire and retain skilled workers. SPEAKERS: Art Askew and Tracy Sena.

OR College Track: Opportunities at Yavapai College
Yavapai College will have presentations from Early College and Promise Advisors on how to take classes while attending high school. The YC financial aid advisors will discuss scholarships and how to pay for college. Academic advisors will assist students and parents with career exploration to understand the next steps in their education. YC staff will help students and parents understand that YC serves the residents of Yavapai County by providing education, economic development, a technical school education, and cultural enrichment opportunities and resources at six campuses and centers. SPEAKER: Wendy Present.

OR Goals Track: Resiliency
Mentors offer a range of critical help, guidance, and resources to youth mentees; however, research also indicates that mentorship has a lasting impact on the growth and development of the adolescent brain. This seminar with provide a basic understanding of adolescent brain development, the role of mentorship on brain development, and identify specific key elements that lead to positive mentorship dynamics. SPEAKER: Dr. Cindy Rollins

OR Healthy Habits Track: Health & Hygiene
Yavapai County health experts speak on nutrition and health and share hygiene tips and what you need to know for a healthy lifestyle. SPEAKERS: Sharmel Jordan, Teresa Manning, and Cindy Garman

OR Youth Mentoring: Are you protecting your digital future? How to practice good cyber hygiene.
Things have changed. Technology is advancing faster every day. Self-driving cars, generative A.I., social media - there's a lot to keep up with. That's why it's important to make sure we consume this technology in a responsible way. Parents, children, teachers - all of us need to learn the dos and don'ts of cybersecurity in this digital age. Learn how to practice good cyber hygiene and protect your digital future. SPEAKER: Niles Benghauser

9:40-10:40 a.m.
Career Track: Career and Technical Education Opportunities
Discussion of CTE and MICTE/Yavapai College partnership and all the amazing opportunities for local students. SPEAKER: Tiffany Boehle

OR College Track: ACT vs. SAT Testing
An overview of both SAT and ACT tests, discuss their similarities and differences, address the upcoming changes to the SAT structure, and conclude with a Q & A period. SPEAKER: Lora Malvani

OR Goals Track: Top 10 In-demand Skills
In today's rapidly evolving job market, staying ahead requires a keen understanding of the most sought-after skills by employers. Join us in this engaging presentation as we delve into the 'Top 10 In-Demand Skills' that are shaping the workforce of the future. From advanced technical expertise to essential soft skills, we will explore the key abilities employers are seeking in candidates. Gain valuable insights into how you can develop and showcase these skills, positioning yourself as a competitive professional in the contemporary job landscape. Don't miss this opportunity to align your skills with the demands of the market and enhance your career prospects. SPEAKERS: Dr. Corey Carlson and Vincent Redgrave.

OR Healthy Habits: Life Balance

Learning how to balance life early on will help create healthy habits in the future, helping you set up for success. The first thing is knowing and understanding what life balance is and the second thing to learn is how to create it. SPEAKER: Dr. Elizabeth Frost

OR Youth Mentoring: The Dopamine Affect - Teens, Technology and Mental Health
In this training, we will investigate the impact of dopamine, technology, and social media on the developing
adolescent brain. Billions of dollars are being spent by corporations as they pursue our adolescent children. As
more and more children are given access to smartphones, we are seeing an increase in mental health issues, sleep
problems, and learning delays. Now add in the dynamic of a brain that has been affected by early adversity, and
you have a recipe for disaster. Due to the pursuit of eliminating pain from our lives, we have put ourselves in a vulnerable position, and lost some of our resiliency. Technology is here to stay, so we must learn how to integrate it into our lives, and the lives of the next generation safely. SPEAKER: Stacey Gagnon
10:50 a.m.-11:50 p.m.
Career: How To Get A Job: In this session, we will touch base on the many facets of how to get a job. We will review where to look for a job, the do’s and don’ts of resume writing and completing employment applications, basic interviewing skills and following up after an interview. Depending on class size, we will begin on creating individual resumes. SPEAKER: Adrienne Diga, SHRM-SCP.

OR College: First Generation Yavapai College Student Scholarships
YC options for you or your student. SPEAKER: Timothy Petarra.

OR Make & Take Activity: Bracelet Connection
Heather Seets of YBBBS leads this hands-on activity

OR Goals: Career Readiness and Goal Setting
Get ready to embark on an exciting journey to professional success with Career readiness 360:crafting your path to success. This lively presentation is your passport to a career adventure filled with resume revamps, cover letter creations, and interview triumphs. Join us for a fun-filled session that will equip you with skills and confidence to make your career dreams come true. SPEAKER: Katherine Anderson.

OR Healthy Habits: The Importance of Building and Saving Credit
Discussion about the importance of setting a savings plan/goal for yourself along with going over how and why it is important to build your credit. SPEAKER: Jonathan Knight of Desert Financial.

OR Youth Mentoring: Safe Talk about Suicide Prevention
Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their
words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. safeTALK teaches participants to recognize their invitations, engage with the
person with thoughts of suicide, and connect them with resources to help them be safer from suicide. SPEAKER: Molly Freibott, Prism Network Executive Director
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Join us for your complimentary lunch from the cafe. The Keynote Speaker and Lunch will be in the large conference room.
1:10-2:10 p.m.
Career Track: Arizona Army National Guard Career Opportunities
A slide show on what the Army National Guard is and how it works, what benefits it provides, and how it can fit around personal lifestyles. SPEAKER: SGT Devin Kramer.

OR College Track: Charting the Campus: Navigating College Culture with Confidence and Curiosity
In this session, participants will gain an understanding of how to navigate college campuses, empowering them with the knowledge and skills to confidently explore their academic environment. Additionally, attendees will learn how to identify personal goals for non-academic experiences, ensuring a holistic and fulfilling college journey. Prepare to embark on a transformative exploration of college culture, guided by insights that will empower you to navigate campus life with confidence and curiosity. SPEAKERS: Joseph Ruiz, NAU Program Manager of Student Affair Mentoring, and Ivan Meza, NAU Student Support Services Peer Mentor.

OR Goals: Opportunities in the U.S. Navy
A presentation on educational benefits within the Navy, career opportunities and the ability to earn licenses, certifications and college credit for on-the-job training. Health care, housing and travel benefits will also be covered. Speaker: Petty Officer First Class Rudy Urquizu

OR Healthy Habits: MATFORCE on Substance Abuse
Substance use causes a ripple effect in our communities. Examine the substance use trends for youth and adults in Yavapai County and what community members can do to help reverse these trends. SPEAKERS: Nikki Rosson and Kelly Lee.

OR Youth Mentoring: – Creating Compassionate Connections
The workshop will explore the role of connection, attachment, and emotional co-regulation for mentors and mentees. The discussion will provide a trauma-informed lens that provides practical suggestions for participants on understanding their emotional life, communicating emotional needs to others, and providing support during moments of intense emotion. Activities will include music and visual arts activities that can facilitate dialogue. SPEAKERS: Matt Sandoval and Danielle Tefft.
Don't miss out.
Register by January 12 . We look forward to seeing you there.
Conference Location
YAVAPAI COLLEGE, 1100 E Sheldon St, Prescott, AZ
Sponsors & Vendors
If you are interested in Sponsoring or becoming a Vendor, please contact:
Brian M. Bergner Jr.
Development Specialist
Office: 928-778-5135, ext. 136
Cell: 928-800-1415
Email: [email protected]
3208 Lakeside Village Drive, Prescott, AZ 86301

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