Promising Practices conference, workshops to focus on youth development, Nov. 3

The 15th annual Promising Practices Conference, this year titled “Child and Youth Development,” will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3, in Donovan Dining Center on the RIC campus.

Dana Fusco, a leading youth development scholar, will deliver the keynote speech, “Youth Development – Promoting Equity Through Child and Youth Agency,” at 8:30 a.m.

Promising Practices Conferences play a key role in defining multi-cultural and diverse education in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Holly Dygert, a co-chair of the conference, said this year’s event features a more collaborative environment in which members of community organizations, academics, youth, teachers and students can engage in conversations.

“Many of the fantastic community organizations in the region are participating, including Save the Bay, Young Voices, New Urban Arts, Project S.U.C.C.E.S.S., Eco Youth, the Urban Debate League, Youth in Action and others,” Dygert said. “We also have excellent representation of teachers, college students and professors from area schools and universities.”

Participants will also have the opportunity to select from a diverse array of workshops, from those that showcase the use of techniques such as art, meditation, journaling and blogging to promote connection and empathy in the classroom, to those that present strategies for engaging youth in social justice struggles.

Pre-registration is available from October 1st to October 25th at at a discounted rate of $15. Registration will also be available on the day of the conference for $25.  More information about the conference, including a list of workshops, is available at

The conference is presented by RIC’s Dialogue on Diversity Committee and made possible with support from Rhode Island College and the Rhode Island Council of the Humanities, with support of the National Endowment for the Humanities.