Don't Miss this Unique Online Learning and Networking Opportunity

Launched in 2012, The Best Practices for Youth Conference is a great professional development opportunity that leverages technology and social media to share and connect with youth development professionals, educators, and young people working on youth issues around the country. 

The conference consists of workshop webinars accessible only by conference registrants. In addition, conference participants will have access to virual networking, video conferences/chats, a virtual exhibit hall and social media. 

Since all events are online you can participate from anywhere with your computer, mobile phone, or tablet.  

Join us August 6-8, 2018



This 3 day FREE virtual conference consists of expert panels with Q&A sessions and afternoon lectures focused around a daily theme. 

Q & A Session/Panel Discussion - 1pm Eastern/ 10 am Pacific

Expert Lecture - 3pm Eastern/ 12pm Pacific



Trauma-Sensitive Education

64% of children and youth in the US have experienced at least one traumatic event in their lives.

The absence of a formal mental health diagnosis does not mean that they move on from these experiences unscathed. Even one traumatic experience in childhood can have negative effects on brain development that persist well beyond childhood, and sometimes have negative ramifications for academic success. Experts on complex trauma and trauma-sensitive education share their perspectives on supporting students with trauma histories.



Youth Homelessness in America

4.2 million young people in America experience unaccompanied homelessness in the course of a year.

From K-12 to college, and from rural to urban areas, youth from different paths of life can experience homelessness at any given time. Hear from experts that work with homeless youth, and learn the barriers, services, and approaches that are needed to help youth and families combat homelessness.



LGBT+ Bullying in School Settings

84.6% of LGBTQ students in the US have reported being verbally harassed and threatened because of their sexual orientation.

In these webinars we will meet members of the LGBTQ community who have professional and direct experience with bullying in school settings. The discussion will examine how schools might perpetuate bullying, and how teachers, administrators, and community members can help address bullying and provide safe spaces.

Do you work with youth or are interested in youth issues? 

The APYDCON is hosted by the Alliance for Positive Youth Development (APYD), an international membership network that focuses on advocacy, awareness, and professional development for youth-serving professionals, and young leaders. The APYDCON brings you in-depth insight on selected youth topics in August annually. To learn more about APYD visit ideas4youth.org

Virtual Exhibit Hall

 The Virtual Exhibit Hall (VEH) allows companies, programs, and service providers to share their company's products or services in our online space accessible by conference attendees for one year. 

Q & A Sessions

Each day of the conference, an expert panel will discuss a core topic in youth development and take questions from the audience. Registered attendees can submit questions in advance or ask them live during the session.


Lectures are a chance to gain specific tools, strategies and best practices from experts. Presenters will share research and strategies that youth development professionals can implement in their community.

Virtual Networking

Share and connect with other participants online and on social media through the conference hashtag (#APYDCON) and through conference communities. 

APYD Membership

General membership is FREE and open to all individuals and organizations interested in networking, learning and collaborating to make the world a better place for youth. Registering for APYDCON 2018 provides automatic APYD Membership.


Registration for this three-day learning and professional development event is available on a Pay-What-You-Want basis. We do not expect any compensation for providing this learning opportunity to the youth development sector. We want APYDCON to be as accessible as possible to anyone and everyone. Our mission is to share best practices, increase professional development opportunities and break down silos in youth development, not to make money. This said, if you are able to contribute, it is greatly appreciated! All proceeds are invested back into the work of APYD, allowing us to increase knowledge, awareness, and collaboration in the youth and nonprofit sectors. Help us continue to provide this annual event and register by donating to the APYD any amount you choose. All donations are tax deductible.

Register For APYDCON 2018

The Alliance for Positive Youth Development is an initiative of The SISGI Group

About the SISGI Group

We provide strategic resources to increase the effectiveness, knowledge and capacity of those leading mission driven work and entrepreneurial ventures.

We empower individuals to change global social problems and lead strong organizations. We equip groups and organizations with the tools they need to not only make a difference but to make a lasting and sustainable impact through their efforts.

Our nonprofit division, SISGI Beyond Good Ideas Foundation, is a 501c3 charitable organization focused on preparation, education and collaboration. 

Learn more about our consulting, training, and charitable work at sisgigroup.org