Camp Fire’s Promise to Practice (P2P) Conference is where camp and out-of-school time program professionals and leaders gather to get inspired, connect, learn, and share! This conference is an annual program-focused convening that offers in-person training opportunities for out of school time program staff, interns, and volunteers. The conference promotes collective peer-to-peer interaction and encourages sharing and learning among all workshop participants.
Registration for the Promise to Practice 2021 Conference is now open to everyone. The cost of registration is $20 per individual and includes full access to the conference, plus access to recordings of the sessions for up to a month after the conference ends. If you are submitting a proposal, please wait, all accepted proposals come with free admission.
We are now taking proposals for conference sessions under consideration. All presenters will receive free access to the conference. Submissions will close on October 1, 2021. Please click the link below for more information and where to submit.
Dax-Devlon Ross is the author of six books and his journalism has been featured in Time, The Guardian, The New York Times, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Washington Post Magazine and other national publications. He won the National Association of Black Journalists’ Investigative Reporting Award for his coverage of jury exclusion in North Carolina courts and is currently a Puffin Writing Fellow at Type Media Center.
His most recent book Letters to My White Male Friends, published by St. Martin’s Press in June 2021, is a call to action and a reflection on race. Dax details how racism has harmed Black people for generations but has also hurt white people by robbing their lives of fullness and meaningful relationships.
From meaningful discussions with leading business executives, media interviews and keynotes at summits and conferences, Dax has the unique ability to connect with his audiences from a place of empathy and distill information that helps individuals, organizations and institutions bridge the gap between their stated values and actual practices.
A New York City teaching fellow turned non-profit executive, Dax is now a principal at the social impact consultancies, Dax-Dev and Third Settlements, both of which focus on designing disruptive strategies to generate equity in workplaces and education spaces alike. Dax received his Juris Doctor from George Washington University. He currently resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Alana, and their young daughter.
Dax has more than fifteen years of experience as a keynote speaker. His audiences
have included highschools, college students and faculty, nonprofit/foundation leaders ans boards, K-12 educators, and corporations.
Relatedly, Dax is a master facilitator, designing and delivering equity-centered trainings for a range of organizational clients across all sectors. All of his engagements are interactive, inclusive and highly engaging.
Other Workshops from:
Camp Fire, The Search Institute, Redwoods Group Foundation, LEAD, Weikhart Center for Youth Program Quality, and more!
As a result of growing up in a broken home, Kyrah J. Altman began experiencing severe symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at age nine. Subsequently, Altman channeled her loss of childhood and early adverse experiences into planning fundraisers to support marginalized groups in her community, including children with disabilities and survivors of domestic violence.
During one of Altman’s many summers at camp, she also experienced social isolation and ostracization by well-intentioned camp counselors who had no mental health or trauma-informed training to respond appropriately to her night terrors, a common sign of PTSD. It’s no surprise that Altman’s summer camp experiences later catalyzed her – and her organization’s – entry into the summer camp industry.
Despite battling mental illness and a loss of childhood throughout adolescence, Altman continued channeling her internal struggles by working passionately with seven of her highschool peers to establish a social enterprise called Let’s Empower, Advocate, and Do (LEAD). At the time of LEAD’s founding in 2012, Kyrah was already a seasoned, 16-year-old social entrepreneur who had been planning community service initiatives as a coping mechanism for her own mental health challenges, for years.
As a college student, Altman scaled LEAD into the international mental health literacy organization it is today, dedicating the organization’s camp programming to empowering camp professionals with no-fluff mental health education to proactively meet the MESH needs of campers and staff and improve the wellbeing of camp communities. Today, LEAD is the industry leader in proactive and tailored mental health education for camps.
Since LEAD’s founding in 2012, Altman has been featured in the New York Times, on three national television stations, and was named the nation’s 3rd best student entrepreneur by the EO Global Student Entrepreneurs Award. LEAD was also recognized as DC’s Red Hot Nonprofit in 2018 and “Changemaker of the Year” by the United Way Youth Venture of North Central MA in 2016. In recent years, Altman has been invited to Social Entrepreneurship Summits at the United Nations, named one of 25 Under 25 leading social entrepreneurs, and named one of 10 Outstanding Young Leaders by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. Altman graduated from GWU with a degree in Human Services & Social Justice, Public Health, and Innovation & Entrepreneurship in 2019, after serving as the Massachusetts Cherry Blossom Princess for the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C.
Today, Altman continues her work to revolutionize proactive mental health education in camp communities everywhere, dedicating herself as LEAD’s full-time CEO, President and inspirer of social change. Altman currently resides in her home state of Massachusetts to be near her younger siblings. She is a plant mom of 40+ houseplants and a dog mom of two snuggly rescues from Puerto Rico, Ollie and Daisy. Prior to the Pandemic, Altman traveled the country and world regularly, speaking about the impact of social entrepreneurship on trauma survivors, the importance of proactive mental health education, and spreading the message that “while not everyone has a mental illness, everyone can improve their mental health.”
“Promise to Practice” has been an annual gathering of Camp Fire staff and volunteers from around the country since 2012. In 2020, we went entirely virtual as a response to COVID, like many other conferences, and something magical happened: we nearly tripled our attendance, all because a virtual format was so much more accessible to so many people.
This led to an interesting question: if we can connect and share with so many others in our network by being virtual, what prevents us from including even more people, from other youth-serving organizations? The answer, it seems, is nothing. For the first time, we are excited to invite all youth development professionals and leaders to the Promise to Practice Conference!
This year’s conference will not have a specific theme; instead, it will focus on that which is its namesake: our promise to practice. We are all united by our commitment and dedication to the practice of youth development, and to ensure we offer the highest quality programs for our participants. Delivering effective programs and measuring them for effectiveness requires attention to multiple elements. P2P shines a light on the best examples of youth development programming. We do this while consistently keeping equity and access in mind, in order to create diverse, equitable environments that are inclusive of all people.
This programming focus will have five (5) different facets, which will be the conference tracks:
Each of the sessions will be labeled according to which track the presenter(s) identify the session as being part of.
Camp Fire’s Statement of Inclusion: Camp Fire believes in the dignity and the intrinsic worth of every human being. We welcome, affirm, and support young people and adults of all abilities and disabilities, experiences, races, ethnicities, socio-economic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, religion and non-religion, citizenship and immigration status, and any other category people use to define themselves or others. We strive to create safe and inclusive environments that celebrate diversity and foster positive relationships.
Camp Fire National Headquarters is committed to creating a welcoming space for all attendees at our virtual Promise to Practice Conference.
The Promise to Practice conference will be entirely virtual, utilizing both the Pheedloop conference platform and integrating Zoom virtual meetings. Sessions may include one or all of the following learning elements:
We are unable to provide automated closed captioning, sign language interpretation, or live transcription during the sessions.
We recognize that participants come from a variety of environments and situations and that life experiences, bias, racism, geography, cultural backgrounds, age, gender, etc. can affect our learning experiences. You are encouraged to have on-hand snacks or beverages, to take breaks as you see fit, and generally take measures to ensure your comfort in order to have the best possible learning experience. We will intentionally schedule sessions for fifty (50) minutes to provide a small break between sessions. If you need to step away from conference but which to remain in the sessions, please set your status as needed in Zoom, as many of the sessions will feature breakout rooms.
You may join the conference in a variety of ways, including phone, tablet, or computer. Conference organization is managed by the Pheedloop platform, integrating Zoom sessions within it.
We will provide access to our virtual event platform at least two weeks in advance. We will offer an “Open House” video with instructions on how to choose which sessions you will attend so you can build your personalized schedule and become familiar with the online platform.
In addition to the presenter(s), each session will be supported by at least one staff or volunteer.
Workshops and sessions will be recorded and available to registrants for access for at least four weeks following the conference.
We will encourage presenters to use 20-point font and color contrast for presentation slides, and upload PDFs of slide decks and other materials to our virtual platform for attendee review.
Young people want to shape the world.
Camp Fire provides the opportunity to find their spark, lift their voice, and discover who they are.
In Camp Fire, it begins now.