25th Annual At-Risk Youth National FORUM


February 17 - 20, 2013

Embassy Suites at Kingston Plantation

9800 Queensway Boulevard
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572



Conference Program


Pre-FORUM Workshops


Contact Staff

 John Gailer - 864-656-2675

 Denise Gianforcaro - 864-656-3882

 John Peters - 864-656-0253




You are invited to attend the 25th Annual At-Risk Youth National FORUM, “Investing for a Lifetime: Education Is Economic Development,” to be held Sunday, February 17, 2013, through Wednesday, February 20, 2013, at the Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

This year's FORUM is designed to enhance the leadership skills of all adults who are seeking to strengthen interventions among school, community, and families, especially to assist those in at-risk situations.

During the FORUM, innovative, skilled presenters who have excellent ideas, proven programs, and evidence-based research will share in the areas of (1) dropout prevention, (2) family and community engagement, (3) curriculum and instruction, (4) career readiness and technical education, (5) changing school culture, (6) specific populations, (7) school and program safety, and (8) economic development through education.



Monday, February 18, 2013

Mr. Raymond J. McNulty

Chief Learning Officer at Penn Foster

Raymond J. McNulty is the Chief Learning Officer at Penn Foster, a world leader in distance learning, and a Senior Fellow to the International Center for Leadership in Education, having previously served as President. Prior to joining the International Center, he was a senior fellow at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he worked with leading educators on improving our nation's high schools. Ray is a past president of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) and author of It’s Not Us Against Them — Creating the Schools We Need, published in 2009 by the International Center. Read On


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Mr. Roger Canaff

Child Protection and Anti-Violence Against Women Advocate, Legal Expert, Author, and Public Speaker

A practicing attorney, Roger has devoted his legal career to the eradication of violence against women and children, first as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Alexandria, Virginia; then as a Special Victims ADA in the Bronx, New York; and as an Assistant Attorney General with the state of New York. With more than 10 years experience, he has prosecuted cases involving sexual and physical abuse against children and adolescents, and also sexual assault against adults, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. Read On


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Rev. Dr. Clifford D. Barnett, Sr.

Pastor, Warner Temple A.M.E. Zion Church

Clifford D. Barnett, Sr. is a native of Rockville, Maryland. He moved to Wilmington, North Carolina, in November of 2009 from Chesapeake, Virginia. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina. He attended Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, North Carolina, and earned a Master of Divinity Degree. In 1989, he graduated from Eastern Baptist (currently Palmer) Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, earning a Doctorate of Ministry Degree. Read On