Symposium Toolkit

The 2022 Carolinas Youth Mentoring Symposium promotional event toolkit for our Program Partners and speakers. Below are suggested wording, logos, and more!

Resources for Promoting the 2022 CYMS

Each #2022CYMS Speaker and Program Partner should utilize the below resources for promoting the 2022 Carolinas Youth Mentoring Symposium.

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Symposium Description

The Carolinas Youth Mentoring Symposium is an annual gathering that brings together mentoring practitioners, researchers, philanthropic investors, youth leaders, government and civic leaders, and others interested in exploring how to expand mentoring initiatives that promote the health and well-being of young people and families most impacted by systems of oppression.

This year's symposium will feature topics that elevate the power of identity-affirming mentoring relationships, provide practitioners with practical tools and knowledge to bring to their work, and introduce a youth track with opportunities for young people to explore their potential.


  • Youth Track
  • Outstanding Youth Leaders of the Year Scholarship Awards
  • Interactive activities
  • Door prizes
  • Speaker panels and roundtable discussions

Young people and mentoring organizations have navigated unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, with black and brown youth and BIPOC-led agencies being the most impacted by its devastating effects. Despite this, young people and mentoring programs across the country have boldly adjusted to the realities of life under COVID-19, demonstrating strength, resilience, and courage in the face of adversity.

Join us to collaborate, build relationships, and reflect on what is necessary to maintain “The Courage to Thrive”—even when times are tough.

Symposium Agenda

Agenda at-a-Glance

9:00 am – 10:00 am Coffee and Conversations

10:00am – 10:10am Welcome

10:10 am – 10:50 am Opening Plenary: Youth POWER: Leadership in Action

  • Sonali Ratnasinghe, Executive Director, General Services Foundation
  • DeLeon Gray, Founder and CEO, Black and Belonging
  • Jaylen Segers, Youth Project Assistant, City of Durham Office on Youth
  • Justice Skinner, Board Member, Youth Mentoring Collaborative

11:00am – 12:15pm Concurrent Sessions, featuring:

Professional Track: Maintaining Equity and Authenticity in Storytelling

  • Gil Fitts, Founder and President, Pivot Point Media
  • Tobias Rose, Principal and Founder, Kompleks Creative

Professional Track: Preparing Your Organization for Critical Mentoring

  • Barbara Jessie-Black, President & CEO, CommunityWorx; Board Chair, Youth Mentoring Collaborative

Professional Track: Joy as a Radical Framework for Helping Professionals

  • Kanalyn Jackson, Vice President of Training and Organization Development, Youth Mentoring Collaborative

Youth Track: Youth Accessible Entrepreneurship: Skills, Stories, and Strategies

  • Justin Minott, Community Builder, Provident1898
  • Derek Rhodes, Founder and Executive Director, Durham Success Summit

Youth Track: How to Build Relationships to Achieve your Dreams

  • Ron Green, President & CEO, Boys and Girls Clubs of the Tar River Region

Youth Track: So You Want to Work in the Music Industry?

  • Lord Fess, Musician
  • Shana Tucker, Executive Director, Kidznotes
  • Josh Rowsey aka “Rowdy”, Hip Hop Ph.D. Candidate, UNC Greensboro
  • Bill Murphy, Digital Sales Manager, Urban One, Inc.
  • Zaid Steele, Student, NCCU

12:20 pm – 1:25 pm Lunch; awards ceremony and music

1:45pm – 3:00pm Concurrent Sessions, featuring:

Professional Track: Advocacy and Elected Officials: How to Engage

  • Jamal Stroud, Founder, Big Homie Lil Homie Mentoring
  • Camille Berry, Mentor, Blue Ribbon Mentor Advocate; Member, Chapel Hill Town Council
  • Jovonia Lewis, Executive Director, EPiC - Empowered Parents in Community; Member, Durham Public Schools Board of Education

Professional Track: Collective Impact in Action

  • Nick Allen, Community Impact Director and Chief Program Officer, United Way of the Greater Triangle
  • Yvette Holmes, CEO, Southeast Raleigh Promise
  • LeQuandra Ballen, Advocate Program Director, Durham Children's Initiative

Youth Track: Relationship Building, Games, and Fun

  • Treee City and Bardo Bloom, DJs, Blends with Friends

3:15pm – 3:50pm Closing Plenary: Healing-Centered Mentoring: An Urgent Conversation

  • Margaret Brunson, Ph.D., MPA, CEO and Founder, Illumined Leadership Solutions
  • Marcus Howard, Ph.D., Founder and CEO, ROSA
  • Jasmin Spain, M.Ed., Consultant, Youth Mentoring Collaborative
  • Micah Griffin, Ph.D., Vice President of Health Equity at Ketchum

3:50pm - 4:00pm Conference Wrap Up & Next Steps





The Friday Conference Center

The 2022 Carolinas Youth Mentoring Symposium will be held at the Friday Center at UNC Chapel Hill. For more information about parking and accessibility, visit For information on where your session is located, check out our 2022 Carolinas Youth Mentoring Symposium Map.

Speaker Registration

Each Speaker must register for the Carolinas Youth Mentoring Symposium. Speakers can refer to their respective "Speaker Agreements" for the promo code to apply during check out when registering. To register for the #2022CYMS, visit


All 2022 Carolinas Youth Mentoring Symposium participants must utilize Whova, the CYMS event management app. To learn more about how to use the required conference management app Whova, visit To download Whova, click here.

Important Dates

Speakers and program partners should keep in mind these important dates:

  • September 30th Early Bird Ticket sales end
  • October 15th Speaker materials first draft due
  • November 4th Speaker materials final draft due
  • November 10th Last day to register for the Carolinas Youth Mentoring Symposium
Session Descriptions

This document contains ALL Symposium sessions, including speaker titles and bios, and session goals. The session map is located here.

Wondering what the Friday Center is like?

YMC Friday Center Tour

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Suggested Messaging


Below is our suggested messaging for the Carolinas Youth Mentoring Symposium (CYMS). When posting, be sure to tag us @ymcollaborative and to include the hashtags: #TheCourageToThrive #CarolinasYouthMentoringSymposium or #2022CYMS so we can like and reshare your content.

Digital Media Best Practices


Below is a collection of best practices to use when creating digital media. Digital media includes social media posts, e-News content, blog posts, etc. Utilize these best practices for the Symposium and more!

Youth Guide


For those organizations bringing youth members to the Carolinas Youth Mentoring Symposium: we have one recommendation for you. Check out our Youth Guide: Preparing for the 2022 CYMS, full of tips and tricks for attending your first conference!


YMC Logos and Graphics


Use against a white or light background. Two versions of the Youth Mentoring Collaborative Logo in black:

  1. PNG
  2. SVG


Use against a black or dark background. Two versions of the Youth Mentoring Collaborative Logo in white:

  1. PNG
  2. SVG


Use against a white or cream background that does NOT contain blue, yellow, or red. Two versions of the Youth Mentoring Collaborative Logo in full color:

  1. PNG
  2. SVG


  1. Right click the logo linked in the accordion and select "open in new tab."
  2. In the new tab, right click the image and select "save as."
  3. Your computer should give you the "format" options to save the image as a PNG.


  1. Right click the logo linked in the accordion and select "open in new tab."
  2. In the new tab, either right click or go to page options and select "save page as."
  3. When saving the page, you will have formatting options to "Save page as - SVG only" or "Web Page, SVG only."

Learn more about Best Practices for our logo's use and how to use the file types listed in this accordion.

View several options to visually promote the Carolinas Youth Mentoring Symposium.

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